FPGA Acceleration: The Key to Solving Packet Loss and Performance Degradation in Cyber Security and Network Monitoring Applications

FPGA-based Host CPU Offload at 10, 40 and 100G

At lower speeds host CPUs can keep up with robust cyber security and monitoring applications for IDS, IPS and Forensics. However at 10, 40 and 100G involving complex CPU intensive software functions, packet loss and performance degradation is often inevitable.

The first instinct for most application developers to solve this problem is with more software and a standard x86 CPU solution. This approach is simply not enough as some hardware acceleration or host cpu offload must be thrown into the mix.

Three viable options include 1) ASIC, 2) Network Processor (NPU) or 3) FPGA solutions. Read Don’t Monitor Your Network Without FPGA Acceleration to compare the pros/cons of each.

FPGA-based Host CPU Offload Solutions Guarantee Zero Packet Loss and Boost Application Performance

Read case studies illustrating how customers have implemented Accolade’s 1-100GE NICs/Platforms to solve host offload issues and enable advanced FPGA acceleration features such as flow classification, deduplication, packet filtering and more.

[Case Study] Startup Deploys Network Performance Sensor Using 1U, FPGA-based Acceleration Platform: ATLAS-1000

Proprietary Hash Algorithm Calculation in the FPGA Resulted in 70% Savings in CPU Cycles

Key Challenges Solved:

  • Highly CPU intensive hash algorithm
  • Ultra precise timing
  • Platform requiring small footprint
  • Lossless packet capture across all ports
  • 10G and 40G network interfaces with optical tap


[Case Study] ntop and Accolade Deliver Innovative Flow Exporter Solution

Guaranteed 100% Lossless Packet Capture Across All Ports at 10G & 40G Speeds

Key Challenges Solved:

  • Guarantee 100% lossless packet capture across all ports at 10G and 40G speeds
  • Require hardware-based packet processing features to boost nProbe performance
  • Require cost effective, fully integrated hardware platform with full service support


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.