QCT Premier Intel Select Solutions

Simplifies NFV Deployment for Communication Service Provider

Along with the transition of communication service providers (CSP) from proprietary single-function appliances to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined network (SDN), platform integration and acceleration have become increasingly critical. QCT created a new server architecture and adopted the Intel® Select Solutions configuration to enhance the original NFVI solution design. The new solution focusses on enhanced packet processing use cases including 4G or 5G core User Plane Functions (UPF), and broadband use cases, such as virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) which have a great demand for high performance and throughput.

QCT designed the QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U with a workload-optimized configuration (see Table 1) based on close partnership with Intel and a deep understanding of Intel developed technologies such as SR-IOV and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Verified as an Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform (NFVI FP) v2, this solution features NUMA-balanced, NFV-ready, DPDK-enabled features, and the Hardware has been certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack Platforms to enable the Control Plane and User Plane Separation (CUPS) that aids in fully utilizing the CPUs.

Based on the testing scripts of Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI Forwarding Platform v2, QCT tested the number of vBNG Instances up to 16, and the test recorded approximately 385Gbps of IPoE and PPPoE traffic throughput with no packet loss on QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U, while the overall server power consumption was less than 325 W. Moreover, based on DPDK L3 forwarding, QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U reach 90% line rate with 256-byte packets. The above testing metrics confirmed the capability of QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U to efficiently handle vBNG workloads. Thus, QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U is a ready-to-go solution with the best-fit system and configuration for service providers planning to deploy NFV environments.

Intel® Select Solution- NFVI Forwarding Platform Key Features

Workload-Optimized Performance
System-level Benchmarking
Network Performance Acceleration

Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform v2 System Architecture

Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform v2 System Architecture

QuantaGrid D53XQ-2U
Key Feature Highlight ​
  • Ultimate resilience and scalability with up to 10x PCIe 4.0 expansions
  • Optimized for AI acceleration: Support up to 2x dual-width accelerators in 2U system
  • Support All 24x NVMe flash drives as hot tier storage, targeting HPC and enterprise workloads.
Intel® Xeon® Gold 6330N Processor
DRAM 32GB (total 256GB)
  • Dual Port 100GbE Intel® Ethernet Adapter E810-CQDA2
  • Dual Port 200GbE Intel® Ethernet Adapter E810-2CQDA2
  • 4
    (LAN on Motherboard)
  • Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-DA4 OCP3.0 10GB 4 port
  • BMC interface
  • 1


    • QCT Validated and Certified Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI Forwarding Platform (EN)

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