ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA AdapterProduct Guide

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Abstract

The ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter is an advanced programmable network adapter enabling customized hardware acceleration and offload. The U25 programming model supports both high-level network programming abstractions such as HLS and P4, as well compute acceleration frameworks such as Vitis to enable both Xilinx and third-party accelerated applications.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the adapter and its key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the Xilinx Alveo U25 adapter and consider its use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the January 21, 2021 update:

Introduction

The ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter is an advanced programmable network adapter enabling customized hardware acceleration and offload. The U25 programming model supports both high-level network programming abstractions such as HLS and P4, as well compute acceleration frameworks such as Vitis to enable both Xilinx and third-party accelerated applications.

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter.

ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter

Did you know?

In addition to standard NIC drivers, the U25 adapter also supports Onload kernel bypass to provide both TCP and packet-based APIs for network application acceleration. The Xilinx Onload software accelerates and scales network-intensive applications such as in-memory databases, software load balancers, and web servers. With Onload, data centers can support 400% or more users on their cloud network while delivering improved reliability, enhanced quality of service (QoS) and higher return on investment, without modification to existing applications.

Part number information

The following table shows the part number for the adapter.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
4XC7A08317 BFPU ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter

The part numbers include the following:

  • One Xilinx adapter
  • Low-profile (2U) and full-height (3U) adapter brackets
  • Documentation

Supported cables and transceivers

This section lists the supported transceivers and cables.

Table 2. Supported transceivers
Part number Feature code Description
25Gb transceivers
7G17A03537 AV1B Lenovo 25GBase-SR SFP28 Transceiver

The following table lists the supported fiber optic cables and Active Optical Cables.

Table 3. Optical cables
Part number Feature code Description
LC-LC OM3 Fiber Optic Cables (these cables require a 10 GbE SFP+ SR or 25 GbE SFP28 SR transceiver)
00MN499 ASR5 Lenovo 0.5m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN502 ASR6 Lenovo 1m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN505 ASR7 Lenovo 3m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN508 ASR8 Lenovo 5m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN511 ASR9 Lenovo 10m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN514 ASRA Lenovo 15m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN517 ASRB Lenovo 25m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
00MN520 ASRC Lenovo 30m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable
OM4 LC to LC Cables (these cables require a transceiver)
4Z57A10845 B2P9 Lenovo 0.5m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10846 B2PA Lenovo 1m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10847 B2PB Lenovo 3m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10848 B2PC Lenovo 5m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10849 B2PD Lenovo 10m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10850 B2PE Lenovo 15m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10851 B2PF Lenovo 25m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable
4Z57A10852 B2PG Lenovo 30m LC-LC OM4 MMF Cable

The following table lists the supported direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.

Table 4. Copper cables
Part number Feature code Description
SFP28 25Gb Passive DAC Cables
7Z57A03557 AV1W Lenovo 1m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03558 AV1X Lenovo 3m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03559 AV1Y Lenovo 5m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable

Features

The Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter offers a number of features, including the following:

A Powerful SmartNIC

The U25 delivers ultra-high throughput, small packet performance and low-latency. The host interface supports standard NIC drivers as well as Onload kernel bypass to provide both TCP and packet-based APIs for network application acceleration. IEEE1588v2 precision timing protocol (PTP) is provided for applications that require synchronized time stamping of packets with single-digit nanosecond accuracy.

A Programmable Fabric

The U25 SmartNIC contains a programmable FPGA handling all network flows. Each flow can be individually delivered to the host and/or streamed in hardware to through bump-in-the-wire network acceleration functions and/or compute acceleration kernels for application processing within the FPGA.

A Platform for Hardware Accelerated Clouds

Cloud service providers are deploying SmartNIC fabrics to achieve virtual switching and micro- segmentation of services that scale linearly with CPU cores and network links.

Technical specifications

The adapter has the following specifications:

  • Adapter Hardware
    • XtremeScale™ Ethernet Controller
    • Zynq® UltraScale+™ XCU25 FPGA
    • 2x PCIe Gen 3 x8 (x16 connector in bifurcated mode)
    • 2x 10/25 GbE SFP28 cages supporting DAC cables or optical transceivers
    • 1x 2GB x 40 DDR4-2400
    • 1x 4GB x 72 DDR4-2400
  • Acceleration
    • SDx Compute Acceleration
    • Universal Kernel Bypass
    • DPDK Poll Mode Driver - Packet (Cloud, Telco)
    • Onload® – TCP (Cloud, Telco, Enterprise)
    • Onload®/ TCPDirect - TCP/UDP (Fintech)
  • Security
    • Tamper resistant adapter – Digitally signed firmware
  • Time Synchronization and Hardware Timestamping
    • Hardware timestamping for all packets
    • On-board Stratum 3 stable oscillator
    • Solarflare Software PTP Daemon delivers enhanced stability and clock synchronization accuracy and can be used to synchronize the adapter clock to external time source
  • Stateless Offloads
    • TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (CSO) TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO) Giant Send Offload (GSO)
    • Large Send Offload (LSO) Large Receive Offload (LRO) Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
    • Receive Segment Coalescing (RSC)
  • Manageability and Remote Boot
    • PXE and UEFI
    • NC-SI over MCTP SMBus
    • PLDM over MCTP SMBus MCTP PCIe VDM
    • Management and Utilities
    • Solarflare Boot Manager
  • Traffic Engineering
    • XtremePacket™ Engine for parsing, filtering, and flow steering
    • TCP/UDP/IP, MAC, VLAN, RSS filtering Accelerated Receive Flow Steering (ARFS) Transmit Packet Steering
  • Virtualization
    • Linux Multiqueue
    • SR-IOV: 16 physical functions; 240 virtual functions 2048 Guest OS protected vNICs
    • VXLAN, tunneling offload; adaptable to custom overlays.
    • VLAN and VLAN Q-in-Q Insertion/Stripping
  • Ethernet Standards
    • IEEE802.3-2018 Ethernet Base Standard
    • IEEE 802.3by Ethernet consortium 25 Gigabit Ethernet
    • IEEE 802.3ad, 802.1AX Link Aggregation
    • IEEE 802.1Q, 802.1P VLAN Tags and Priority IEEE 1588-2008 PTPv2
    • Jumbo Frame support (9000 bytes)

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 5. ThinkSystem server support (Part 1)
Part number Description Intel 2S AMD
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y02/7Y03)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR670 (7Y36/37/38)
SR635 (7Y98/7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00/7Z01)
SR645 (7D2Y/7D2X)
SR665 (7D2W/7D2V)
4XC7A08317 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter N N N N N N N N N N Y Y
Table 6. ThinkSystem server support (Part 2)
Part number Description E 1S Intel 4S Intel Dense/ Blade
SE350 (7Z46/7D1X)
ST50 (7Y48/7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45/7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y51/7Y52)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR850P (7D2F/7D2G)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SR850 V2 (7D31/32/33)
SR860 V2 (7Z59/7Z60)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
4XC7A08317 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N

Operating system support

The adapter supports the operating systems listed in the following table.

Tip: This table is automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Table 7. Operating system support for ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U25 25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe FPGA Adapter, 4XC7A08317
Operating systems
SR645
SR665
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Y Y

Regulatory approvals

The adapter has the following hardware certifications:

  • FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Class A
  • UL 94-/V
  • CE Mark
  • RoHS - Complies with EU directive 2011/65/EU

Physical specifications

The adapter has the following physical specifications:

  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
  • Width: 64 mm (2.54 inches)

Operating environment

The adapter is supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)
    • Storage: -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F)
  • Humidity:
    • Operating: 10% to 80%
    • Storage: 5% to 90%

Warranty

One year limited warranty. When installed in a Lenovo server, this adapter assumes the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.

Related product families

Product families related to this document are the following:

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