FiberHome leverages Ethernity Networks’ ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC for FitBNG broadband network gateway

The Chinese communications systems house will use the SmartNIC to bring better performance to its FitBNG broadband network gateway.

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Ethernity Networks (AIM: ENET.L) says it will supply its ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC to Fiberhome Telecommunication Technologies (600498.SS). The Chinese communications systems house will use the SmartNIC to bring better performance to its FitBNG broadband network gateway.

The ACE-NIC100 is designed to enable hardware acceleration. The broadband network gateway design will integrate FiberHome’s BNG software with Ethernity’s SmartNIC hardware using a standard data plane development kit (DPDK) to offload up to 80 Gbps of data processing to the ACE-NIC100’s onboard FPGA. Ethernity says that use of the SmartNIC will minimize CPU intervention, save CPU cycles, and reduce CPU power and cost. The ACE-NIC100 also will support what Ethernity asserts is “tens of thousands of subscribers” via with Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) termination as well as performance monitoring counters per subscriber and hierarchical quality of service (H-QoS).

“We have been working closely with Ethernity for months to develop a solution that includes the performance and features that best fit our needs,” said Wang Ye, director of NFV product lines at FiberHome. “Ethernity’s ACE-NIC100, with its high throughput and offloading capabilities, is an ideal fit for our FitBNG solution architecture, and by reducing the required CPU cores, we have improved our cost efficiency as well. It's a very powerful enabler for FiberHome.”

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