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< BACK TO TOPICSThe Role of Hardware and IO Processors in the Ongoing Network Transformation

As networking shifts steadily towards the edge with SDN and NFV solutions, the role of NICs (network interface cards) is changing. What once used to be a way to send packets in and out of a server is increasingly met with two challenges:

1) The continuous increase in bandwidth (1Gbps, 10Gbps, 25Gbps, 50, 100, etc.) creates complications in the server architecture – effecting the memory subsystem, internal buses as well as other ramifications.

2) The massive adoption of Network Virtualization and security/load balancing capabilities in the edge is consuming significant resources out of the x86 processors that should be dedicated to the applications.

In this panel, we will explore the paradigm where networking and infrastructure needs are shifted inside the smartNIC/IO processor, freeing up the main x86 CPU to focus on the application. The panelist will explore and discuss different hardware and software models, abstractions and capabilities needed in order to evolve the networking industry to the next phase.
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SmartNIC Panel
featuring speakers at Broadcom, Mellanox, Cavium, and Netronome
Constantine Polychronopoulos, Vice President Chief Technology Officer, Telco/NFV at VMware, Fazil Osman, Chief Architect at Broadcom, Dror Goldenberg, VP Software Architecture at Mellanox Chris Moezzi, Vice President, Ethernet Server Adapter Group at Cavium, Sujal Das, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Netronome

INFO

Event: future:net

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

When: August 30 - 31, 2017

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel