Flareon Ultra SFN8542 Dual-Port 40GbE QSFP+ PCIe 3.1 Server I/O Adapter with LL Firmware, Onload License and PTP License
The PLUS variant of the Flareon Ultra SFN8542 Dual-Port 40GbE QSFP+ Server I/O Adapter adds a suite of enabled software capabilities that provide out-of-the box support for ultra-low latency Onload-accelerated sockets as well as PPS and PTP time synchronization support.
The SFN8542-PLUS is capable of associating a hardware time-stamp with every incoming and outgoing Ethernet frame for application troubleshooting or performance monitoring. These features make the SFN8542-PLUS the ultra-low-latency Ethernet adapter of choice to deploy as a key component throughout Financial Trading infrastructures where either one or two ports of 40GbE or four ports of 10GbE are required.
The Flareon Ultra SFN8542 dual-port 40G Ethernet QSFP+ server adapter delivers faster, more efficient processing of network traffic to accelerate a wide range of applications. The SFN8542 has 16 lanes of PCIe 3.1 making it an ideal workhorse for 40GbE data center and cloud workloads, providing high-bandwidth, high packet rate and CPU-efficient processing of network traffic. The SFN8542 can be configured as a dual-port 40GbE or a quad-port 10GbE adapter (with four 10GbE ports from QSFP+) as one QSFP+ port can also operate as four 10GbE SFP+ ports.
When configured with Solarflare software licenses, the SFN8542 can address ultralow latency applications, precision clock synchronization and hardware time stamping, packet filtering, packet capture and more. Adapters can be purchased preconfigured with popular software bundles, or configured on-site with software options.
Flareon Ultra SFN8542 offers fast and efficient hardware that optimizes packet flow to and from the user application. When configured for ultra-low latency, the SFN8542 delivers unrivaled sub-microsecond latency. With Onload, the industrys best application-to-application performance is enabled via Solarflares unique and patented kernel bypass techniques.
Accelerating Cloud, Web and CDN Apps
Flareon Ultra SFN8542 provides highbandwidth, high packet rate and CPU efficient processing of network traffic, making it ideal for scale-out cloud, web and CDN application environments. Solarflare adapters are used in a wide range of use cases, including web content optimization, DNS acceleration, web firewalls, load balancing, NOSQL databases, caching tiers (Memcached) and web proxies. In addition when used with Onload, the SFN8542 further reduces host processing overhead and accelerates web and cloud traffic. When used with SolarSecure Filter Engine, the SFN8542 provides an additional layer of defense against DDoS attacks at the network ingress point to the server. Attacks can be absorbed without degradation of good traffic, enabling a 3 to 4x improvement in packet-level filtering server headroom.*
Scalable, High-Performance Virtualization
Flareon Ultra SFN8542 provides unmatched performance and scalability in virtualized environments. Solarflare is the proven leader in VM density and performance, and the SFN8542 raises the bar with 2048 vNICs, SR-IOV, overlay network acceleration (VXLAN, NVGRE). In addition, the SFN8542 supports kernel bypass running in a guest VM, so users can run ultralow latency Onload or SolarCapture in a virtualized or cloud environment.
Stable Precision Oscillator
Stratum 3 compliant
2048 guest OS protected vNICs; SR-IOV; 240 virtual functions;
16 physical functions; 16 NIC partitions
PCIe 3.1 x16 @ 8.0 GT/s
SFC9240 10G/40G Ethernet Controller
Supports high-performance 10GbE/40GbE
Supports optical QSFP+ modules including Solarflare SFM40G-SR4, Direct-Attach Copper, Active Optical Cables, QSFP+ to SFP+ copper DAC cables
Cut-through architecture/intelligent interrupt coalescing
60Mpps TX & RX sustained line rate with all packet sizes
Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
Distributes IPv4, IPv6 loads across all CPU cores; MSI-X minimizes interrupt overhead
TSO, LRO, GSO, IPv4/IPv6 and TCP/UDP checksums
IP Flow Filtering
Hardware directs packets based on IP, TCP, UDP headers
Advanced Packet Filtering
4096 multicast filters; 4096 VLANs/port; adaptive TCP/UDP/IP, MAC, VLAN, RSS, RFS filtering; Accelerated RFS
PXE; unattended installation; UEFI; Solarflare Secure Boot
SNMP, ACPI v3.0
Overlay Network Acceleration
VXLAN, NVGRE, GENEVE
Integrated Layer 2 Ethernet switch, VEB/Virtual switch
VMware ESXi 5.x,6.0; Microsoft Hyper-V; Linux KVM
Standards & Compliance
0º to 50º C
300 LFM, Min.
L: 16.75 cm (6.6 in)
W: 6.9 cm (2.7 in)
End bracket height:
PCI Express standard
12.0 cm (4.725 in)
PCI Express low-profile:
7.92 cm (3.12 in)
Options Order Information
SFS-ULL - Ultra-Low Latency License
SFS-OOL - Onload License
SFS-PTP - Precision Time License
SFS-SCP-40G - SolarCapture Pro 40GbE License
SFS-SSFE - SolarSecure Filter Engine License