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Ethernity Networks soars as major Chinese networking firm selects SmartNIC hardware for its Broadband Network Gateway

The Chinese firm said the accelerated platform will integrate FiberHome’s BNG software and Ethernity’s SmartNIC hardware using standard DPDK (data plane development kit)
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The Chinese group said this will minimize CPU intervention, saving CPU cycles and significantly reducing CPU power and cost

Ethernity Networks PLC (LON:ENET) shares soared for a second session on Tuesday as the AIM-listed group confirmed yesterday's announcement from FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies, a major Chinese networking and telecommunication equipment provider that it has selected the firm’s ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC for implementation within its FitBNG, Broadband Network Gateway (BNG).

In a statement published on Business Wire on Monday, nd repeated by Ethernity today, the Chinese firm said the accelerated platform will integrate FiberHome’s BNG software and Ethernity’s SmartNIC hardware using standard DPDK (data plane development kit) to fully offload up to 80Gbps of data processing to the ACE-NIC100’s onboard FPGA. 

The group said this will minimize CPU intervention, saving CPU cycles and significantly reducing CPU power and cost.

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Moreover, it added, the ACE-NIC100 will support tens of thousands of subscribers with PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) termination, performance monitoring counters per subscriber, and hierarchical quality of service (H-QoS), which is impractical for implementation in software-only BNG.

Wang Ye, director of NFV Product Lines at FiberHome said: “We have been working closely with Ethernity for months to develop a solution that includes the performance and features that best fit our needs.“

He added: “Ethernity’s ACE-NIC100, with its high throughput and offloading capabilities, is an ideal fit for our FitBNG solution architecture, and by reducing the required CPU cores, we have improved our cost efficiency as well. It's a very powerful enabler for FiberHome.”

The company said the resulting product will be promoted to FiberHome’s core Chinese telecom operator clients, including China Unicom, China Telecom, and others that serve tens of millions of households.

David Levi, CEO of Ethernity Networks commented: “With FiberHome’s powerful software and Ethernity’s FPGA-based hardware, the product will provide high performance and reduced cost through hardware acceleration, making it especially attractive to Chinese service providers.”

The group said the new product will be jointly showcased by Ethernity and FiberHome at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 from June 26-28 at Hall N2 Booth E70.

Ethernity shares, which soared 50% higher on Monday, were up another 30% to 62.50p in early trading on Tuesday.

 -- Updates with Tuesday share price --

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