So, were you one of the ones that were able to visit me at booth #905 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week and watch the Intel Flexible Port Partitioning demonstration?  Well, if you weren’t, or if you are looking to see the demonstration again, it’s your lucky day!


Intel Flexible Port Partitioning (FPP) is the ability to use SR-IOV Virtual Functions, which have up until now been thought of as a strictly virtualization technology, and use them in a bare-metal (or mixed) Open Source OS.  This provides a way to very flexibly and efficiently carve up your Ethernet ports.


I was so taken aback with the overwhelmingly positive response to the demonstration and the two chalk talks, as well as the standard session Brian Johnson and I presented last week, that when I came home from San Francisco, I combined our session material with the demonstration and produced a “from-the-hip” video explaining the technology and showing a demonstration.


I have a 15 minute cap in my YouTube account; the video is 14 minutes and 59 seconds.  Hope you will excuse the occasional ‘uhm’


I hope you find the demo as interesting as the folks that visited me in the booth did.  Here is a sample of some of the comments I received:

  • Wow – you guys are killing everybody else!  Nobody else is doing this kind of thing!”


  • “Hey – I saw some cool video a while back with little Ethernet packets and guys moving all over the screen that explained SR-IOV very very well – do you know where I can find that?” – was referring to my YouTube video



  • “Holy cow, that’s cool!  I’ve got to hook you guys up with our Ethernet architect so we can get even more support for that!”


  • “Oh my gosh!  That is exactly what we need!  You just made my day and will make my architects very ,very happy”


  • “Very nice demo, on a great OS.  Really shows the power of FPP; we need to get a joint paper out.”


  • “Wow, that is pretty slick – I’m going to have to go talk to some folks when I get back to the office.”


The whitepaper I promised is in the final stages as well and should be published within the next couple of weeks–so keep checking back here for the announcement.


Not sure what SR-IOV is?  Click on the link to see a video explanation.  I also have the PCI-SIG SR-IOV Primer you might want to check out.




- Patrick