IDF : Intel QuickData Technology

Intel unveiled QuickData Technology at IDF Taipei today, a data acceleration engine that enables other networking and server vendors to increase the throughput of server data traffic. Key supporters of Intel QuickData Technology include Broadcom, Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM, Mellanox, Microsoft and VMWare. Introduced as part of I/OAT with Intel Xeon 5100 series earlier this year, the DEM (Data Movement Acceleration) engine in Intel’ server and workstation platform chipsets are the foundation of Intel QuickData Technology. Intel has been working closely with Microsoft, the Linux community, VMware and several server vendors to optimize Intel QuickData Technology for the broadest range of OS and software environments.

Intel Corporation announced today that it will encourage
networking companies to benefit from a key server data input and output
acceleration technology designed and added to its server product lines earlier
this year.

A component of Intel I/OAT (Input/Output Acceleration Technology), Intel
QuickData technology is a data acceleration engine that enables other networking
and server vendors to increase the throughput of server data traffic. Key
supporters of Intel QuickData Technology include Broadcom, Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM,
Mellanox, Microsoft and VMware.

Introduced as part of I/OAT with the Intel Xeon 5100 series processor-based
platforms earlier this year, the DMA (Direct Memory Access) engine in Intel’s
server and workstation platform chipsets are the foundation of Intel QuickData
Technology. I/OAT is already supported by a broad range of server vendors
including IBM, Hitachi, NEC, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Supermicro and Tyan.
Intel QuickData Technology will extend that support to a broad range of device
manufacturers moving forward.

“By enabling products from other vendors to use the data acceleration engine
present in the Intel Xeon® 5100 and 5300 series-based platform, Intel QuickData
Technology will help the industry benefit from the increased speed, scalability
and server reliability that only Intel enterprise platforms can provide,” said
Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Server Products
Group. “This echoes Intel’s long-held belief in the proliferation of key
technologies designed to grow the industry’s computing and networking
capabilities.”

Intel has been working closely with Microsoft, the Linux community, VMware
and several server vendors to optimize Intel QuickData technology for the
broadest range of operating system and software environments.

“Microsoft is very pleased by Intel’s decision to broaden the availability of
I/O acceleration, helping to further our mutual efforts to drive industry
adoption of this important scalable networking technology,” said Henry Sanders,
general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Core Networking Group. “The additional
third-party network vendor support will greatly benefit our Windows Server 2003
customers as they seek to cost-effectively scale network applications and
optimize performance using the Scalable Networking Pack with Intel QuickData
Technology.”

“We are looking forward to the deployment of Intel’s built-in QuickData
technology, we are assessing its benefits in our servers and with Intel’s
PRO/1000PT networking adapters,” said Jeff Benck, vice president, IBM
BladeCenter and Modular System Development. “Now that Intel is allowing
third-party products to access the data movement acceleration engine, Intel’s
QuickData Technology capability can be included across a broader range of our
product line.”

Intel QuickData Technology also offers an acceleration solution that will
benefit virtualized environments.

“Intel QuickData Technology provides a hardware assist for memory copies and
we expect to use this functionality to speed up our I/O emulation code,” stated
Beng-Hong Lim, senior director, VMWare research and development. “We are pleased
with Intel’s decision to broaden the availability of I/O acceleration by
providing QuickData Technology to third-party network adapter vendors.”

According to Franz-Josef Bathe, senior director of product management,
Fujitsu-Siemens Enterprise Server Products, “Fujitsu-Siemens is a leading vendor
of virtualized Solution, and we have been interested in Intel I/OAT to improve
networking throughput to virtual machines. Intel’s enabling of QuickData
technology is a step toward making Fujitsu-Siemens Computers Intel Xeon-based
PRIMERGYs the best platforms for I/O virtualization.”

“Intel QuickData Technology is a platform solution that addresses the
computing overhead and system level bottlenecks associated with TCP/IP based
communication as opposed to TCP Offload Engines which only address part of the
problem,” said Michael Kagan, vice president of architecture, Mellanox
Technologies. “Mellanox is embracing Intel QuickData Technology and will
implement support for the technology in our adapters that will seamlessly fit
into the total platform solution to accelerate TCP/IP communication.”

Broadcom, a leading networking vendor, has also evaluated the technology. “We
believe Intel’s introduction of QuickData Technology is a very positive step.”
Said Greg Young, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s High-Speed
Controller Line of Business: “We are working with Intel to evaluate the possible
ways that our customers can benefit from this new direction and we will be
looking at our product offerings to assess where there may be synergistic
coexistence.”

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