100% Packet Capture and nS Timestamping for Cyber Security
and Monitoring Applications

Move CPU Intensive Software Data Abstraction Functions to Hardware at 40, 80 or 100Gbps

Lossless packet capture and host CPU offload functions such as nanosecond timestamping are major challenges at high data rates. Moving CPU intensive software data abstraction functions to hardware at 40, 80 or 100Gbps rates is a cost effective way to achieve application performance.

Accolade’s line of FPGA-based 1-100GE host CPU Offload NICs and platforms enable 100% packet capture and nS timestamping as well as flow classification, deduplication, packet filtering and more.

100% Packet Capture

Each adapter port captures 100% of the incoming traffic, irrespective of packet size (i.e. 64 byte vs. jumbo frames), without dropping a single packet. Furthermore, line rate packet capture is supported irrespective of which packet processing functions (e.g. packet filtering) are enabled. Abundant onboard buffer memory is available to absorb abnormally large bursts of traffic.

Precise nS Timestamping

Each packet that enters an adapter is tagged with a timestamp with up to 4nS (nanosecond) time precision. The ANIC adapter has to be disciplined from a timing source and there are five options as follows listed in order of popularity:

  1. Host OS – The host operating system acts as the time source and can in turn be disciplined by any other source such as PTP, 1PPS, NTP or the like.
  2. GPS/CDMA – ANIC adapter can be directly attached (via a front port) to a 1PPS (One Pulse Per Second) time source such as GPS or CDMA.
  3. PTP or IEEE 1588 – A PTP (Precision Time Protocol) network can be directly attached to an ANIC adapter via a front port.
  4. Another ANIC adapter – One ANIC adapter can be the time source for another by attaching them via the onboard “card-to-card bus”.
  5. Free Running – All timing is handled by the ANIC adapter onboard clock. This is the least precise mechanism but easiest to utilize.

noteAn ANIC adapter can also parse out a Gigamon or Arista generated timestamp and propagate it forward to the host application.

Host CPU Offload Product Features Summary
100G wdt_ID Speed 1G 10G 10G 10G 10G/40G 10G/40G 100G 100G 100G 100G
ANIC-200Kq 1 Model ANIC-2KL
ANIC-4KL
ANIC-20Ku ANIC-40Ku ANIC-40Kq ANIC-80Ku ATLAS-1000
Platform
ANIC-100Ku ANIC-200Ku ANIC-
200KFlex
ANIC-200Kq
2 x 100G
QSFP28
2 Port/Type 2 X 1G
4 X 1G
SFP
2 X 10G
SFP+
4 X 10G
SFP+
1 X 40G
4 X 10G
QSFP+
2 X 40G
8 X 10G
QSFP+
SFP+
2 X 40G
QSFP

4 X 10G
SFP+
1 X 100G
CFP4
2 x 100G
CFP4
2 x 40G
2 x 100G
QSFP28
2 x 100G
QSFP28
Gen3 x16 3 PCIe Interface Gen2 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16
4.25 x 9.5 4 Dimensions
(H x L inches)
4.25 x 6.25   4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 1.75 x
12.28 x 14
4.25 x 9.5 4.25 x 9.5 4.25 x 6.9 4.25 x 9.5
12G 5 Memory 256MB 4G 4G 4G 4G 16/32G 12G 12G 8G 12G
4 nS 6 Timestamp 10 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7nS 4 nS 4 nS 4 nS 4nS
7 100%
Packet Capture
8 Gigamon,
Arista Timestamp
9 Packet Merging
10 Packet Parsing

About Accolade

Accolade is the technology leader in FPGA-based Host CPU Offload and 100% Packet Capture PCIe NIC’s and Scalable 1U Platforms. Accolade’s line of 1-100GE products enable 100% packet capture, flow classification, flow shunting, deduplication, packet filtering and more. Our customers are global leaders in network monitoring & cybersecurity applications as well as in the network test and measurement, telecom and video stream monitoring markets.

FPGA Acceleration Features

100% Packet Capture | Flow Classification | Flow Shunting | Precise Time Stamping | Packet Merging | Packet Slicing | Packet Parsing | Packet Filtering | Deduplication | Host Packet Buffer | Packet Steering | Direct Memory Access (DMA) | Statistics (RMON1)

Free Product Evaluation

Resolve all your host CPU offload bottlenecks. Share Your Technical Requirements with our FPGA and software experts to tailor the optimal solution. Accolade offers a 60 day free product evaluation for qualified customers to fully test and evaluate our products.

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