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The industry is abuzz about the specification under development by the NVM Express Working Group call “NVMe over Fabrics” — for good reason.  The goal of this specification is to extend the highly efficient and scalable protocol for NVMe beyond just direct-attached storage to include networked storage.  For an excellent up-to-date background on NVMe over Fabrics, I strongly recommend the December 2015 SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum webcast, Under the Hood with NVMe over Fabrics, presented by J Metz of Cisco and Dave Minturn of Intel.


SNIA-ESF is following up on this webcast with another on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10 a.m. Pacific that focuses on how Ethernet RDMA fabrics specifically fit into this new specification: How Ethernet RDMA Protocols iWARP and RoCE Support NVMe over Fabrics.  This will be co-presented by John Kim from Mellanox and yours truly from Intel.  The webcast is free, and you can register at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/185909.  If you are interested, but can’t make it at that time, the webcast will be posted immediately afterwards at the SNIA ESF website: http://www.snia.org/forums/esf/knowledge/webcasts.


David Fair


Chair, SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum

Ethernet Networking Mktg Mgr, Intel

Hi Forum.


I have an Intel Pro/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adaptor card running on Windows 7 US 64bit.


I have the latest drivers for the Intel card and Windows fully updated.


If I try to make a TEAM, with the two ports, it comes up with an error. (And creates a 'Virtual adapter...'-something)  The second time I try, it works, but something is still not working correctly.


It did work fine on my old motherboard (Asus P8z68 pro) but not i my new computer (Asus Z97-A).


I have tried everything. Same old driver, new driver, BIOS settings etc. Nothing is working. Is there a know problem with the driver for this card and windows 7 64bit US?


I am out of ideas now...


Best regards



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We are investigating what appears to be a damaged PCIe input lane, PER_0_p and PER_0_n on the i350. The 100 Ohm (at DC) differential R is located on the die per the data sheet. With the i350 powered down, a differential Ohm measurement with a DMM simply reads as an open, ~ 11 M Ohm across PER_0_p and PER_0_n. Is the input AC coupled on the die, or is the 100 Ohm differential across PER_0_p and PER_0_n not realized until power is applied? Thanks.


We are interested to use the X540 Twinville Dual Port 10GbE MAC/PHY in our application. The marketing data sheet


Intel® Ethernet Controllers and PHYs


lists the operating temperature at 0-55C. Yet the data sheet




on pg 1188 lists a maximum case temperature of Tcase Max = 107C.


Please elaborate on the difference and meaning between these two figures. We need the 0-70C temperature range if we are to use this part.


Thank you.

From Dawn Moore, General Manager of the Networking Division, read her latest blog:  Better Together: Balanced System Performance Through Network Innovation


The IT environment depends on hyperscale data centers and virtualized servers, making it crucial that upgrading to the latest technology be viewed from a comprehensive systems viewpoint. Need more data center performance? Maximize investment by upgrading the CPU, network and storage.

Due to the rapid growth of ever-more powerful mobile devices, enterprise networks need to keep pace. NBASE-T™ technology boosts the speed of twisted pair copper cabling up to 100 meters in length well beyond the designed limits of 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). Capable of reaching 2.5 and 5 Gbps over 100m of Cat 5e cable, NBASE-T solutions implement a new type of signaling over twisted-pair cabling. The upcoming Intel(R)  Ethernet Controller code named Sageville, a single chip dual-port 10GBASE-T  and NBASE-T controller, can auto-negotiate to allow the selection of the best speed: 100 Megabit Ethernet (100MbE), 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 2.5GbE and 5GbE, over Cat 5e or Cat 6 and 10GbE over Cat 6A or Cat 7. Watch our recent demo from Cisco Live.




This year, I attended Cisco Live for the first time and it was quite a large event. At Intel’s booth, we showcased a network service chaining demo, which was a combination of Cisco’s optimized UCS platform and Intel’s Ethernet Controller XL710 along with Intel’s Ethernet SDI Adapter using our new 100GbE silicon code named Red Rock Canyon. By using network service headers (NSH) to forward packets to virtualized network functions, virtual packet processing pipelines can be established on top of physical networks. But with the exponential increase in networking bandwidth, high performance forwarding solutions are needed. This demo showed how packets with NSH headers can be forwarded to virtual machines running on UCS platforms using the latest generation Intel adapters operating at 40GbE and 100GbE. Watch our recent demo from Cisco Live.



If you want to learn more about service creation using NSH, see the Cisco and Intel webinar from April 2015. Register here to replay.


Dynamic Service Creation (Making SDN Work for Your Success with Network Service Header)


Host: Dan Kurschner, Sr. Manager SP Mobility Marketing Speakers:
Paul Quinn, Cisco Distinguished Engineer Cloud Systems Development
Humberto La Roche, Cisco Principal Engineer
Uri Elzur, Intel Engineer


Overview: We all like to talk about creating new customized services for the end user at “web speed”.  But today there is no way to automate service creation or to dynamically affect changes (augmentation) to existing services without touching the network topology.  This is because we use physical service chains across the data plane. To achieve automated flexibility in service creation, we must logically decouple the service plane from the transport plane—a software abstraction from specific network nodes. Cisco and Intel are leading a fast-growing ecosystem of network technology vendors, which includes Citrix and F5, to drive the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standardization of the Network Services Headers (NSH) protocol. Open source NSH implementations are available today for Open Virtual Switch (OVS) and OpenDayLight (ODL).


At Interop Las Vegas in April 2015, Intel took part in the NBASE-T Alliance public multi-vendor interoperability demonstration. Carl Wilson, Product Marketing Engineer, walks through the demo to show how it leveraged Intel's next generation single-chip 10GBASE-T controller supporting the NBASE-T intermediate speeds of 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps.


The demonstration showed NBASE-T™ technology deployed in the three key components of an enterprise network: wireless access points, switches and client devices. Specific products on display included NBASE-T technology-enabled wiring closet/campus LAN switches, 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless LAN Access Points (WLAN APs), Network Interface Controller (NIC) in Personal Computer (PC), Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), network and embedded processors and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) chipsets. Connectivity between these products were based on a wide range of cabling configurations including Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6A, with lengths extending up to 100m. For more information, check out the NBASE-T Alliance press release.


Intel Network Division is pleased to deliver Release 20.0 (codenamed FVL3), a package that contains a new NVM images and Software that will provide customers with numerous new features and benefits when using the Intel® Ethernet XL710 and X710 controllers and adapters.


Highlights of Release 20.0 include:  

  • QSFP Configuration Utility (QCU) to allow customers migrate from 4x10 to true 40 GbE
  • Intel NVM Update Package (NUP), allowing customers to update older NVM’s in the field
  • Support for Intel® Ethernet Modular Optical Cables(MOCS)  and Active Optical Cables 
  • XLAUI backplane support for our valued embedded customers
  • Major performance and maintenance improvements


Release 20.0  Download links:

NVM Update Utility for Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710 

NVM Update Package (NUP) must be used with Intel® Network Connections software release 20.0.  This package intended to be used to update existing LOM/Embedded NVM’s, which are using the default dev starter NVM’s and can be used to update Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710 based Network Adapter Cards. This will update the NVM version to 4.42.


Intel® Network Connections software release 20.0 CD download

This Zip file contains all of the Intel® Ethernet network drivers and software for currently supported versions of Windows*, Linux* and FreeBSD* for most Intel® Ethernet adapters as found on the CD that


Administrative Tools for Intel® Network Adapters 

Includes QSFP Configuration Utility. This requires the NVM already be updated to NVM version 4.42.


Intel® Ethernet Connections Boot Utility, Preboot images, and EFI Drivers

Includes updated Preboot images and EFI drivers.


Please note Intel recommends updating the NVM, SW driver and pre-boot images together as they are tightly coupled in XL710.  For more details see the documentation provided at the link above for the NVM Update Utility.



Matt Eszenyi, Intel® XL710 (Fortville) PME



by David Fair, Product Marketing, Networking Division, Intel Corporation


Odd title for a networking article, don’t you think?  It’s odd for a couple of reasons, but reasons that reveal the vibrancy of Ethernet.  For four decades, Ethernet advanced on a “powers-of-ten” model from an initial 10 Mbps to 100 to 1GbE to 10GbE.  Part of why that worked was that the ratified IEEE Ethernet speeds kept well ahead of most market requirements.  Moving an entire Ethernet ecosystem to a new speed is expensive for everyone.  The “powers-of-ten” model helped control those costs.


What changed?  Well, my theory is that Ethernet simply got too successful for the powers-of-ten model.  By that I mean that the volumes got large enough for some specific requirements at more fine-grained speeds to warrant infrastructure upgrades to support those speeds. 


It is the rapid growth of wireless access points and increases in their speed specifically that creates the problem leading to a desire Next Generation Enterprise Access BASE-T.   Not in the data center but rather in the office.  Most have built out a wireless infrastructure with CAT 5e or 6 in the ceilings connecting wireless access points at 1GbE, in addition to connecting wired desktops and workstations.  But the latest wireless spec, IEEE 802.11ac can drive bandwidth back on the wire well beyond 1GbE.  And some of those desktops and workstations may be chomping at the bit as well, so to speak, to go faster than 1GbE.  The problem is that the next “powers of 10” solution from the IEEE, 10GBASE-T won’t work on CAT 5e and will work on CAT 6 only to 55 meters.


As often happens in these situations, alliances establish themselves to build momentum to influence the IEEE to consider their proposal.  In this case, there are now two such groups calling themselves the “NBASE-T Alliance” and the “MGBASE-T Alliance” respectively.  Both are proposing intermediate “step-down” speeds of 2.5 Mbps and 5 Mbps.


To learn more about 2.5G/5G technology and standardization related efforts, please join the Ethernet Alliance for its upcoming “Ethernet 104: Introduction to 2.5G/5G BASE-T Ethernet” webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 10am PDT. Additional information is available, and registration is now open at http://bit.ly/Ethernet104 .

From Dawn Moore, General Manager of the Networking Division, read her latest blog on 10GbE in the Intel® Xeon® processor D product family: The Intel® Ethernet 10GbE revolution that was 12 years in the making

Read two recent blogs from Dawn Moore, General Manager of the Networking Division.


Intel's demo with Cisco at Mobile World Congress illustrates the latest in network virtualization overlays and Ethernet’s role in the data center.


Intel® Ethernet demos at the OCP Summit shows the performance and low-latency needed for Rack Scale Architecture data centers.

It has been a while since I’ve made a blog posting.  That is because I was moved away from doing Virtualization and Manageability technologies to work on Intel Switching products.  Last week I was fortunate to be at the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, CA.


I was only able to attend one actual session while there, because the rest of my time was spent in the Intel® booth presenting a technology preview of Intel’s upcoming Red Rock Canyon switch product and the accompanying quick video.  It was exciting to be able to demonstrate and discuss Red Rock Canyon with people.


We made a quick video of me doing my chat, not my most fluid discussion however it gets the point across and luckily the pretty demo GUI distracts from my ugly mug. 

Red Rock Canyon will be available in Q3 of this year.  At that time I will have more videos, blogs papers etc. Until then, I hope this video will give you some insight.


From Dawn Moore, General Manager of the Networking Division, read her latest blog on the future of Ethernet and the market developments that will ensure it remains ubiquitous.


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