The Arria 10 GX 1150 is the most powerful FPGA in its family, which includes 1.15 million programmable logic elements and 427,200 adaptive logic modules for efficient construction of specific LUTs, 96 17.4-Gbps transceivers and 768 GPIO pins and other functions. Intel did not specify the Xeon chip that comes with the Arria 10 GX 1150, but the standard Gold 6138 is a 20-core, 40-thread chip with a 2 GHz base clock and 3.7 GHz Turbo frequency and 125 W TDP.
As an example of how customers use the Xeon 6138P, Intel created a virtual switch reference platform that uses the FPGA portion of the chip to perform infrastructure data plane switching while the CPU is running its usual applications orvirtual machine. As we expected, offloading software-defined network loads to the FPGA clearly provided better performance than handling the two workloads separately.
Intel also noted that the 6138P is compatible with software-defined multilayer switches for open virtual switches used in virtual machine environments and claims that the OVS implementation running on the chip provides a 3.2-fold increase in throughput and half the latency of non-FPGA acceleration .
Intel stated that Fujitsu is a key partner of the Xeon 6138P and plans to pair its own special reliability, availability and service (RAS) deployment with the Xeon 6138P processor for software-defined network infrastructure equipment. Fujitsu will demonstrate its 6138P-based product at the Fujitsu Forum in Tokyo this week.