Introduction to BittWare’s SmartNIC Shell for Network Packet Processing
White Paper Introduction to BittWare’s SmartNIC Shell for Network Packet Processing Overview SmartNIC Shell is a complete working NIC that is implemented on a BittWare
The CPU processes data compute tasks such as compression; data is sent between storage and compute planes.
Computational Storage Architecture shifts data compute tasks to a hardware accelerator (FPGA), offloading the CPU. Data stays close to the compute, avoiding data movement on the slower CPU compute plane.
A data service or information service that performs computation on data where the service and the data are associated with a storage device.
It’s important to remember a CSS is not a device or module itself—rather it’s the acceleration services performed by a CSP or CSD. For example, the compression service that our 250-U2 can provide (through Eideticom’s NoLoad IP) is a CSS.
As you can see in the diagram, the CSP is a separate device from FLASH persistent data storage. Acceleration services (CSS), such as compression, are offloaded from the CPU to the FPGA.
As a further advantage, the 250-U2 (a CSP module) transfers data to/from FLASH using peer-to-peer transfers, offloading the CPU from not only acceleration but data movement. This is enabled using Eideticom’s NoLoad IP.
CSDs provide very close computation and storage, with the tradeoff from CSPs in the loss of using traditional SSD drives in favor of integrated FLASH storage. An example of a CSD is the 250-HMS BittWare created for IBM; click here to read more.
We target applications when demand to process storage outpaces traditional architectures featuring CPUs.
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BittWare (a Molex company) is a strategic investor in Eideticom, a recognized thought leader in NVMe based Computational Storage solutions.
Their mission is to develop world-class Computational Storage Solutions for cloud and enterprise data centers. Eideticom’s NoLoad® Computational Storage Processor (CSP) is accelerating data center infrastructure, enabling greater scalability and dramatically lowering cost.
Eideticom and Los Alamos National Laboratory are collaborating on a storage acceleration solution using the BittWare 250-U2 computational storage processor. Key news from the press release:
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