Aspera aspiring to higher speeds with Intel

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Aspera, a creator of software aimed at moving large data at maximum speed, has announced the results of a joint research project with Intel.

The two organisations are investigating high-speed (10Gbps and beyond) data transfer solutions built upon Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family-based systems and Aspera’s technology.

The results published in a joint Aspera and Intel white paper show superior Aspera transfer performance on Intel platforms equipped with the novel Intel Data Direct I/O technology, which allows Intel Ethernet controllers to route I/O traffic directly to the processor cache and built-in support for Single-Root I/O virtualisation (SR-IOV).

This includes including approximately the same throughput in both virtualised and physical computing environments:

  • 300 per cent 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; and
  • Approximately the same throughput for both physical and virtualised computing environments.