The Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI reference designs provide a roadmap to building optimized, next-generation network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) servers powered by the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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Intel Select Solutions for NFVI v1

  Intel Select Solution for NFVI Base Configuration Intel Select Solution for NFVI Plus Configuration
Platform Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family Intel Xeon processor Scalable family
Processor Intel® Xeon® Gold 6138/6138T processor, 2.0 GHz, 20 C,
125 W or higher number Intel® Xeon® Gold or Platinum processor
Intel® Xeon® Gold 6152 processor, 2.1 GHz, 22 C, 140 W, or higher number Intel Xeon Gold or Platinum processor
Memory 16 GB DDR4 2667 MHz, 24 x 16 GB (384 GB Total) or minimum all 6 memory channels populated (1 DPC) to achieve 384 GB (i.e. 6 x 32 GB RDIMM) 16 GB DDR4 2667 MHz, 24 x 16 GB (384 GB Total)
Minimum all 6 memory channels populated (1 DPC) to achieve 384 GB (i.e. 6 x 32 GB RDIMM)
NICS 2 x Dual Port 25 GbE Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 SFP28+ or
2 x Dual Port 10 GbE Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710 (Intel Ethernet CNA X710) or
2 x Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2 SFP+
2 x Dual Port 25 GbE Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 SFP28+ or
2 x Dual Port 40 GbE Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710 (Intel® Ethernet CNA X710)
Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT)
Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8970 (PCIe) Add in Card (AIC), or
Equivalent third-party Intel® C628 chipset Intel QAT-enabled PCIe AIC with minimum of 8 or 16 lanes of PCIe connectivity, or
Multiple Intel QAT AIC Adapters installed in the platform
Intel® C620 series chipset family with Intel QAT Integrated on system board Intel C627/C628 chipset integrated with NUMA connectivity to each CPU or minimum 16 PCIe lane connectivity to one CPU
Storage 2 x ≥ 480 GB Intel® SSD Data Center Family for SATA or equivalent boot drive, plus 2 x Intel SSD Data Center P4500 Series - 2.0 TB recommended, symmetrically attached to both CPU sockets 2 x ≥ 480 GB Intel SSD Data Center Family for SATA or equivalent boot drive, plus 4 x Intel SSD Data Center P4500
Series - 2.0 TB recommended, symmetrically attached to both CPU sockets

Intel Select Solutions for NFVI v2

Ingredient
Controller Node Requirement Cloud Node Base Requirement Cloud Node Plus Requirement
Processor

2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5218 processor (2.1 GHz, 16 cores), or

Intel Xeon Gold 5218N processor (2.3 GHz, 16 cores), or

higher number SKU

2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6230 processor (2.1 GHz, 20 cores), or

Intel Xeon Gold 6230N processor (2.3 GHz, 20 cores), or

higher number SKU

2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252 processor (2.1 GHz, 24 cores), or

higher number SKU

Memory

Option 1: 192 GB DRAM

Option 2: 192 GB DRAM plus 512 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory

Option 1: 384 GB DRAM

Option 2: 192 GB DRAM plus 512 GB Intel Optane DC persistent memory

Option 1: 384 GB DRAM

Option 2: 192 GB DRAM plus 1.0 or

1.5 TB Intel Optane DC persistent memory

NIC

2 x 25GbE Dual Port Intel® Ethernet Controller XXV710 or

2 x 10GbE Dual Port Intel® Ethernet Controller X710, or

2 x 10GbE Dual Port Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 (Intel Ethernet CNA X520)

2 x 25GbE Dual Port Intel Ethernet Controller XXV710, or

2 x 10GbE Dual Port Intel Ethernet Controller X710, or

2 x 10GbE Dual Port Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 (Intel Ethernet CNA X520)

2 x 40GbE Dual Port Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710, or

2 x 25GbE Dual Port Intel Ethernet Controller XXV710

LAN on Mother-board (LOM)

10 Gbps or 25 Gbps port for pre- boot execution environment (PXE) and operation, administration and management (OAM), and

1 Gbps or 10 Gbps port for management NIC

10 Gbps or 25 Gbps port for PXE and OAM, and

1 Gbps or 10 Gbps port for management NIC

10 Gbps or 25 Gbps port for PXE and OAM, and

1 Gbps or 10 Gbps port for management NIC

Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT)

Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8970 (PCIe) add in card (AIC), or

Equivalent third-party Intel C620 series chipset Intel QAT enabled PCIe AIC with minimum 8 or 16 lanes of PCIe connectivity, or

Multiple Intel QAT AIC Adapters installed in the platform

Intel QuickAssist Adapter 8970 (PCIe) AIC, or

Equivalent third-party Intel C620 series chipset Intel QAT enabled PCIe AIC with minimum 8 or 16 lanes of PCIe connectivity, or

Multiple Intel QAT AIC Adapters installed in the platform

Intel C620 series chipset family integrated on base board Intel C627/C628 chipset, integrated symmetrically attached to each CPU, or minimum 16 PCIe lane connectivity to one CPU
Storage

2 x Intel® SATA Solid State Drive @ 480 GB or equivalent boot drive, and

2 x Intel® SSD Data Center P4510 Series for NVMe @ 2.0 TB or equivalent drive, symmetrically attached to both CPU sockets

2 x Intel SATA Solid State Drive @ 480 GB or equivalent boot drive, and

2 x Intel SSD Data Center P4510 Series for NVMe @ 2.0 TB or equivalent drive, symmetrically attached to both CPU sockets

2 x Intel SATA Solid State Drive @ 480 GB or equivalent boot drive, and

4 x Intel SSD Data Center P4510 Series for NVMe @ 2.0 TB or equivalent drive, symmetrically attached to both CPU sockets

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