Santa Clara, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Kalray, a leading provider of acceleration solutions for data centers, and 6WIND, a high-performance networking software company, today announced in conjunction with the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara and the Cloud Security Expo in London, a partnership to help accelerate networking and storage infrastructure for data centers. The partnership combines Kalray’s KONIC-80 Smart NICs with 6WIND’s 6WINDGate™ packet processing software to enable high throughput applications in Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and data center networking.
The combined solution is based on Kalray’s MPPA® (Massively Parallel Processor Array) high speed I/O processor, which is an ideal and unique solution to manage low latency, low power, and high data throughput applications in the data center networking or storage infrastructure environments. It includes all the basic software building blocks such as Linux and PCIe drivers as well as OpenDataPlane across platform APIs. Based on MPPA, Kalray’s KONIC-80 smart NIC is capable of sustaining an 80GbE line rate with the ability to encrypt and decrypt on the fly. KONIC smart NIC boards are based on Bostan, which is Kalray’s latest high speed I/O processor.
6WIND’s 6WINDGate packet processing software integrates with Kalray KONIC-80 smart NICs to deliver critical performance to networking applications while fully synchronizing with Linux so that no changes are required to the OS and management. 6WINDGate includes a fast path architecture that removes Linux performance bottlenecks.
By porting 6WINDGate on KONIC, the partners provide complete smart NIC solutions for x86 servers including data center networking solutions ranging from network virtualization with Open vSwitch to security appliances with IPsec, with high application throughput up to 80 Gbps and below 40 watts. Kalray will also leverage its success in the All Flash Array market to enable NVMEoF solutions based on RoCE. “By porting 6WINDGate on KONIC, 6WIND and Kalray will accelerate the deployment of SDN and NFV solutions in the market by providing a complete smart NIC system solution that is fully programmable with high performance and low power consumption,” said Eric Baissus, Kalray’s CEO.
“High performance networking software is a requirement for SDN and NFV solutions to compete against legacy architectures,” said Eric Carmès, 6WIND CEO and Founder. “Combining 6WINDGate packet processing software with Kalray’s KONIC smart NIC enables networking solutions on x86 servers that rival incumbent vendors in performance and cost.”
Kalray Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company and pioneer in many-core processor solutions. Its innovative MPPA® architecture uniquely delivers high-speed I/O processing enabling real-time acceleration for cloud applications in security networking and storage. For more information, visit
6WIND’s commercial software solves performance challenges for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. By solving critical data plane performance challenges on multicore architectures, 6WIND delivers a cost-effective value proposition, enabling the transition to the future with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN). 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. For more information, visit http://www.6wind.com
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