The open source Fast Data Project (FD.io) announced double performance gains made possible by the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Intel’s new chips, which it announced this week, are designed to support data center and networking workloads.
The FD.io group said the chips have helped it to double its vSwitch performance packet speeds at scale without modification to the software.
The FD.io project’s scope includes software-based packet processing, fast Input/Output (IO), and universal data plane management across bare metal, hypervisor, and container environments. FD.io offers the software-defined infrastructure developer community a landing site with multiple projects. It says it’s the only vSwitch for which performance scaling is IO bound rather than CPU bound.
In June, the FD.io project issued its fourth release — 17.04.
Recent testing of release 17.04 showed gains in performance on Intel’s newest platform when switching and routing layer 2/3 traffic. With the prior generation Intel Xeon Processor E7-8890v3, FD.io testing showed aggregate forwarding rate of 480 Gb/s. Now, with the new Intel chips, comparable FD.io tests showed an increase of forwarding rate to 948 Gb/s.
For customers already building their solutions using release 17.04, these types of performance gains are realized without further development effort as the software is optimized to take full advantage of the additional capabilities as the hardware becomes available.
FD.io plans to issue its next release — 17.07 — this fall. Since its launch in February 2016, FD.io now counts contributions from more than 173 coders from over 45 different organizations including network operators, service providers, chip vendors, and integrators.