An extremely fast offload engine system has been developed that operates at 60 Gigabits per second (Gbps), and has scalability to 100 Gbps full-duplex (f-d). This system is based on unique coding and architecture derived from splintered UDP (User Datagram Protocol) offload technology, resulting in unique FPGA (field programmable gate array) intellectual property core and firmware.

This innovation improves the networking speed of supercomputer clusters by providing an ultra-fast network protocol processing offload from a CPU (central processing unit) by inserting an offload engine into a host backplane and network connections. This runs on protocol firmware.

This work was done by Patricia Crowley of Gonzaga University, James Awrach of SeaFire, and Arthur Maccabe of the University of New Mexico for Goddard Space Flight Center. GSC-15447-1

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This article first appeared in the July, 2011 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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