Aspera achieves 10 Gbps WAN transfer speeds on Intel platform

Infotech Lead America: Aspera on Tuesday it achieved 10 Gbps WAN transfer speeds on Intel platforms.


Aspera fasp technology powered by Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family-based systems with Intel Data Direct I/O Technology (Intel DDIO) has delivered 10 Gbps WAN transfer performance for high-performance computing environments, said Aspera and Intel in a recent whitepaper.


The result follows Aspera and Intel’s joint research to investigate high-speed (10Gbps and beyond) data transfer solutions built upon Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family-based systems and Aspera’s fasp transport technology.


The company say they achieved 300 percent throughput improvement versus a baseline system that did not contain support for Intel DDIO and SR-IOV, showing the clear advantages of Intel’s innovative Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family.


Similar results across both LAN and WAN transfers confirming that Aspera fasp transfer performance is independent of network latency and robust to packet loss on the network.


Approximately the same throughput for both physical and virtualized computing environments.


Intel and Aspera are collaborating to eliminate bottlenecks such as existing transport technology’s lack of capability of utilizing the end-to-end capacity provided by underlying hardware platform, particularly over the wide area and traditional host system architectures limit per-packet processing to sub 10Gbps speeds.


Aspera’s fasp transport technology was created to overcome the bottlenecks of traditional transport protocols in moving large data over the wide area network. Aspera fasp has no theoretical throughput limit, and is practically constrained by the available network bandwidth and the hardware resources at both ends of the transfers.


Intel DDIO and Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) technologies were designed to deliver superior I/O throughput, and SR-IOV allows virtual machine platforms to bypass the hypervisor in order to directly access resources on the physical network interface for superior I/O performance particularly important for high-throughput large data transfer.


Additional tests focused on data transfer over a 10 Gigabit Intel Ethernet connection between high-end Intel systems with built-in support for SR-IOV, and similar tests over WAN connection with varying degrees of latency (50ms – 500ms) and packet loss (0.1 percent – 5 percent).


Results confirmed the same transfer performance on WAN as LAN showing Aspera’s loss and delay tolerance, demonstrated a 300 percent throughput improvement versus a baseline system without SR-IOV and approximately the same throughput on virtual hosts enabled with Intel DDIO.


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