Chelsio’s T580-CR is a dual port 40 Gigabit Ethernet Unified Wire adapter with PCI Express 3 host bus interface, optimized for cloud computing, HPC, virtualization, storage, and other data center applications.
The fifth-generation (T5) technology from Chelsio provides the highest 40GbE performance available and dramatically lowers host-system CPU communications overhead with on-board hardware that off-loads TCP/IP, iSCSI, FCoE and iWARP RDMA processing from its host system. T580-CR frees up host CPU cycles for useful applications. The system achieves increased bandwidth, lower latency, and uses less power.
The T580-CR sets itself apart from other other 40Gb offerings from Chelsio in that it provides dual-paths to the external memory on the adapter thereby allowing offloaded connections, such as TOE and iSCSI, to achieve the maximum bandwidth provided by the card.
The Unified Wire Solution
With the T580-CR, Chelsio is enabling a unified wire for LAN, SAN, and cluster traffic. This unified wire was made possible by the high bandwidth and low latency of 40GbE combined with storage and cluster protocols operating over TCP/IP (iSCSI, FCoE, and iWARP respectively). In parallel, operating systems and hypervisors have incorporated native support for iSCSI and database applications are now supporting file-based storage protocols such as NFS as an alternative to SANs.
T580-CR includes a full-fledged integrated Traffic Manager for robust flow control, traffic management, and QoS.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) provides a transition path from legacy SANs to converged networks. Expanding its unified wire approach, Chelsio has added FCoE hardware support for the adapter.
The adapter’s two ports and IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation/failover features are ideal for critical network applications that require redundancy and high-availability capabilities.
T580-CR Ethernet-only networking reduces the data center’s cost in network adapters, cables, switches, rack space, power, equipment spares, management tools, planning, networking skills and installation.