Intel® Infrastructure Processing Unit (Intel® IPU)

Programmable network devices that intelligently manage system-level resources by securely accelerating networking and storage infrastructure functions in a data center.

Intel® Infrastructure Processing Unit (Intel® IPU)

Products Features Target Acceleration Workloads Related Documents

Intel® IPU E2000

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  • 2 x 100 GbE or 1 x 200 GbE connectivity
  • Up to 16 Arm Neoverse N1 Cores
  • PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Up to 48GB DRAM
  • Packet processing
  • OVS
  • NVMeOF and Storage
  • RDMA/RoCEV2
  • Traffic shaping and QoS
  • Security: Inline and Lookaside Crypto with Compression
White paper: IPU Based Cloud Infrastructure ›

Intel® IPU Platform F2000X-PL

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  • 2 x 100 GbE connectivity
  • Intel® Agilex-F FPGA
  • Intel® Xeon D-1736 Processor
  • 32GB DRAM
  • Packet processing
  • OVS
  • NVMe-oF
  • Security/Isolation
  • Crypto
  • RDMA/RoCEV2

Solution brief: Data Center Acceleration with Intel FPGAs ›

White paper: IPU Based Cloud Infrastructure ›

Intel® IPU Platform C5000X-PL

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  • 2 x 25 GbE connectivity
  • Intel® Stratix® 10 DX FPGA
  • Intel® Xeon D-1612 Processor
  • 20GB DRAM
  • Packet processing
  • OVS
  • RDMA/RoCEV2
Solution brief: Data Center Acceleration with Intel FPGAs ›

Platform Selector Guide

Features Intel® IPU Platform C5000X-PL Intel® IPU Platform F2000X-PL
Platform Category    
Target Market IPU for Cloud Service Providers Communications Service Provider (CoSP) for Telco Cloud
Type IPU Platform IPU Platform
FPGA Resources    
FPGA Intel® Stratix® 10 DX Intel® Agilex™
Logic Elements 1,325K 2,308K
On-Chip Memory 114 Mb 246 Mb
DSP Blocks 5,184 1,640
Processor    
Type Intel® Xeon® D-1612 Processor Intel® Xeon® D-1736 Processor
Memory    
DDR4 20 GB 32 GB
SRAM - -
HBM - -
Flash 1.25 GB 2 GB
Interfaces and Modules    
PCI Express* 4.0 x8 4.0 x16
QSFP Interface x2 x2
Network Interface 2 x25 Gbps 2 x100 Gbps
Intel® MAX® 10 FPGA Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) N/A Yes
FPGA Interface Manager - Yes
Mechanical, Thermal, and Power    
Form Factor ½ length, full height 3/4 length, full height
Width Single slot Single slot
Maximum Power Consuption (TDP) 75W 150W
Tools Support    
Intel® Acceleration Stack for Intel® Xeon® CPU with FPGAs - Yes
Intel® Quartus® Prime Software Yes Yes
Intel oneAPI Toolkits -  
Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Yes Yes
Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit -  
Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK) Yes Yes
Insfrastructure Programmer Development Kit (IPDK) - Yes
P4 - Yes
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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A SmartNIC is a programmable network adapter card with programmable accelerators and Ethernet connectivity that can accelerate infrastructure applications running on the host.

An IPU is an advanced networking device with hardened accelerators and Ethernet connectivity that accelerates and manages infrastructure functions using tightly coupled, dedicated, programmable cores. An IPU offers full infrastructure offload and provides an extra layer of security by serving as a control point of the host for running infrastructure applications.

An IPU is capable of offloading the entire infrastructure stack from the host and can control how the host attaches to this infrastructure. This gives the service provider an extra layer of security and control, enforced in hardware by the IPU. A SmartNIC has similar networking and offload capabilities as the IPU but remains under the control of the host as a peripheral.

An IPU is capable of offloading the entire infrastructure stack from the host and can control how the host attaches to this infrastructure. This gives the service provider an extra layer of security and control, enforced in hardware by the IPU. A SmartNIC has similar networking and offload capabilities as the IPU but remains under the control of the host as a peripheral.

An Intel reference architecture that provides service providers and solution providers an efficient and cost-effective design to build production deployable IPU for the cloud data centers.

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