Ethernity Networks and TietoEVRY Boost 5G Performance with UPF/VPP Acceleration
By: Ethernity Networks
TietoEVRY has developed UPF software components for packet processing and control that makes use of the Virtual Packet Processing (VPP) open source project (https://fd.io/
By offloading the data plane to Ethernity's FPGA-based ACE-NIC100 SmartNIC, the integrated offering provides extremely high bandwidth and low latency while saving CPU cores. The integration uses industry-standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) APIs to offload VPP/UPF to the ACE-NIC100.
The concept and joint offering follows the trend of network disaggregation, in which service providers are seeking to complement and enhance their 5G networks by deploying Open UPF (https://www.ethernitynet.com/
With the ACE-NIC100's small footprint and low power dissipation, the integrated reference software from Ethernity and TietoEVRY is truly optimized for edge deployment, being fully containerized and using the VPP data plane. This allows service providers to boost performance, reduce networking overhead, and lower the total cost of ownership, as well as collocate the UPF with other services.
Open source software and FPGAs also support network disaggregation for 5G by ensuring that customers will not be tied to any single software or hardware vendor. Moreover, open source software avoids security issues due to the ability to inspect code while simplifying additional enhancements and placement options.
TietoEVRY and Ethernity will now jointly promote these accelerated UPF technologies to OEMs and system integrators as well as through the companies' technology partners and customers.
About Ethernity Networks
Ethernity Networks (http://www.ethernitynet.com/
TietoEVRY is a leading digital services and software company headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. www.tietoevry.com/
Kevin Tanzillo, Dux Public Relations