Intel has been pushing an IPU portfolio. This consists of each designs with its conventional FPGA-based options that we’d typically take into account “unique” in addition to options equivalent to its Mount Evans IPU we’d name extra of a DPU. A couple of months in the past at Intel Structure Day 2021 we discovered about one among these next-generation “unique” options known as “Oak Springs Canyon” or the C6000X and that’s what is being disclosed as we speak together with a partnership with Intel and Ruijie networks.
Intel Oak Springs Canyon
For individuals who are unfamiliar with the Intel Oak Springs Canyon IPU, right here is the slide for it:
One can see that there are two 100Gbps ports together with a PCIe Gen4 x16 connector for connectivity. We additionally get an Intel Agilex FPGA to deal with the networking with customized programmable logic together with a Xeon. From what we perceive the Xeon here’s a Xeon D half. The cardboard itself is made by Silicom.
For individuals who are unaware, China is a big marketplace for FPGAs. As China’s largest server vendor, Inspur really has groups devoted to programming customized FGPA logic for its prospects, like Ruijie and others. That may be a bit completely different than we’d usually see Dell or HPE that can normally depend on exterior companies to ship customized logic for patrons.
Total, this can be a tremendous thrilling card. We can’t wait to see Oak Springs Canyon, hopefully by the point we see Ice Lake-D really launch (though it was talked about on the Ice Lake launch making it complicated.)
For those who want a primer on the variations between these next-generation NICs, right here is our DPU vs SmartNIC and the STH NIC Continuum Framework and video:
Hopefully one among as of late we’ll get to check an Oak Springs Canyon IPU together with a number of the different newer-generation choices.