Netronome Advances Cloud, Hyperscale Server and Storage Infrastructure Performance and Security with New 50GbE OCP-based SmartNICs

March 14, 2019

Industry’s First Agilio® SmartNICs with Advanced Cryptography and DDR Memory in OCP Mezzanine 2.0 Form Factor Reduces Application Tail Latency by up to 4X, Secures Individual Compute Servers at 50Gb/s Line-Rate, and Improves Server Utilization by More Than 50 Percent

OCP GLOBAL SUMMIT 2019, SAN JOSE, CA, March 14, 2019 – Netronome, a leader in high-performance intelligent networking solutions, today unveiled its Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNICs in OCP Mezzanine 2.0 form factor with line-rate advanced cryptography and 2GB onboard DDR memory. The new SmartNIC reduces tail latency significantly enabling high-performance Web 2.0 applications to be deployed in cost and energy-efficient servers. With advanced Transport Layer Security (TLS/SSL)-based cryptography support at line-rate and up to two million stateful sessions per SmartNIC, web and data storage servers in hyperscale environments can now be secured tighter than ever before, preventing hacking of networks and precious user data.

Deployable in OCP Yosemite servers, the Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNICs implement a standards-based and open advanced buffer management scheme enabled by the unique many-core multithreaded processing memory-based architecture of the Netronome Network Flow Processor (NFP) silicon. This improves application performance and enables hyperscale operators to maintain high levels of service level agreements (SLAs). Dynamic eBPF-based programming and hardware acceleration enables intelligent scaling of networking workloads across multiple host CPU cores, improving server efficiency. The solution also enhances security and data center efficiencies by offloading TLS, a widely deployed protocol used for encryption and authentication of applications that require data to be securely exchanged over a network. 

“Securing user data in Web 2.0 applications and preventing malicious attacks such as BGP hijacking as experienced recently in hyperscale operator infrastructures are critical needs that have exacerbated significantly in recent years,” said Sujal Das, chief marketing and strategy officer at Netronome. “Netronome developed the Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNIC solution to address these vital industry requirements by meticulously optimizing the hardware with open source and hyperscale operator applications and infrastructures.”

“Securing web and data servers in hyperscale environments while keeping costs down and performance high continues to be a challenge,” said Abhi Dugar, research director, Cloud Infrastructure and IoT Security at IDC. “Netronome helps address this challenge by allowing Web 2.0 applications to be deployed in cost and energy-efficient OCP servers, while reducing tail latency and offloading TLS to enable better security to help prevent hacking of networks and user data.” 

An industry first, the highly efficient implementation of cryptography and memory access technologies in the NFP silicon enables the richly featured Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNICs to operate within the stringent bounds of size and power in the OCP 2.0 Mezzanine specification. 

The Agilio CX SmartNIC platform fully and transparently offloads virtual switch, virtual router, eBPF and P4-based datapath processing for networking functions such as overlays, security, load balancing and telemetry, enabling cloud and SDN-enabled compute and storage servers to free up critical server CPU cores for application processing while delivering significantly higher performance. 

Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNICs in OCP Mezzanine 2.0 form factor are sampling today and include the generally available NFP-5000 silicon. The production version of the board and software is expected in the second half of this year.

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Netronome designs and delivers server networking and coprocessor platforms, including its market leading silicon accelerators, SmartNICs and software, enabling customers to increase the efficiency and security of their modern data center infrastructure. Our technology can also be purchased as hardened IP blocks to build custom SoC silicon devices. Our solutions enable rapid innovation at lower cost and power through domain-specific, open and efficient programming models and ability to offload network and security processing. Netronome has a global footprint and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. To learn more about Netronome and its products, please visit

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