Intel Corporation announced that it will encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input and output acceleration technology, designed and added to its server product lines earlier this year.
A component of Intel I/OAT (input/output acceleration technology), Intel QuickData technology is a data acceleration engine that enables other networking and server vendors to increase the throughput of server data traffic. Key supporters of Intel QuickData technology include Broadcom, Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM, Mellanox, Microsoft and VMware.
Introduced as part of I/OAT with the Intel Xeon 5100 series processor-based platforms earlier this year, the DMA (data movement acceleration) engine in Intel’s server and workstation platform chipsets are the foundation of Intel QuickData technology. I/OAT is already supported by a broad range of server vendors including IBM, Hitachi, NEC, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Supermicro and Tyan. Intel QuickData technology will extend that support to a broad range of device manufacturers moving forward.
According to Intel, by enabling products from other vendors to use the data acceleration engine present in the Intel Xeon 5100 and 5300 series-based platform, Intel QuickData technology will help the industry benefit from the increased speed, scalability and server reliability that only Intel enterprise platforms can provide. This echoes Intel’s long-held belief in the proliferation of key technologies designed to grow the industry’s computing and networking capabilities.
Intel has been working closely with Microsoft, the Linux community, VMware and several server vendors to optimise Intel QuickData technology for the broadest range of operating system and software environments.
According to Microsoft, it is pleased by Intel’s decision to broaden the availability of I/O acceleration, helping to further mutual efforts to drive industry adoption of this important scalable networking technology. The additional third-party network vendor support will greatly benefit Microsoft’s Windows server 2003 customers as they seek to cost-effectively scale network applications and optimise performance using the Scalable Networking Pack with Intel QuickData Technology.
According to IBM BladeCenter and Modular System Development, it is also looking forward to the deployment of Intel's built-in QuickData technology, as it is assessing its benefits in its servers and with Intel's PRO/1000PT networking adapters and now that Intel is allowing third-party products to access the data movement acceleration engine, Intel's QuickData Technology capability can be included across a broader range of IBM’s product line.
Intel QuickData Technology also offers an acceleration solution that will benefit virtualised environments.
According to VMWare research and development, Intel QuickData technology provides a hardware assist for memory copies and they expect to use this functionality to speed up their I/O emulation code and are pleased with Intel's decision to broaden the availability of I/O acceleration by providing QuickData Technology to third-party network adapter vendors.
According to Fujitsu-Siemens Enterprise Server Products, Fujitsu-Siemens is a leading vendor of virtualised Solution, and they have been interested in Intel I/OAT to improve networking throughput to virtual machines. Intel’s enabling of QuickData technology is a step toward making Fujitsu-Siemens Computers Intel Xeon-based PRIMERGYs the best platforms for I/O virtualisation.
According to Mellanox Technologies, Intel QuickData Technology is a platform solution that addresses the computing overhead and system level bottlenecks associated with TCP/IP based communication as opposed to TCP Offload Engines which only address part of the problem. Mellanox is embracing Intel QuickData Technology and will implement support for the technology in its adapters that will seamlessly fit into the total platform solution to accelerate TCP/IP communication.
Broadcom, a leading networking vendor, has also evaluated the technology. It believes that Intel’s introduction of QuickData Technology is a positive step and they are working with Intel to evaluate the possible ways that its customers can benefit from this new direction and they will be looking at product offerings to assess where there may be synergistic coexistence.