Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710

Product Brief
Intel® Ethernet Converged
Network Adapter X710-T4
Network Connectivity
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network
Adapter X710-T4
Quad-port 10GBASE-T Converged Network Adapter (CNA)
Simplifies migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with
hardware optimizations for networks in today’s Agile Data
Center
Key Features
10 GbE for the Broad Market
• Low cost 10 GbE performance
throughout the entire data center
• B ackward compatibility with existing
100BASE-T and 1000BASE-T networks
simplifies the transition to 10 GbE
The Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-T4 is the newest
innovation in Intel’s leadership to drive 10 GbE into the broad server market.
For maximum flexibility, this adapter uniquely offers four 10GBASE-T ports in
a low-profile form factor. Powered by the Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710,
The Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 addresses the demanding needs of the
next-generation agile data center by providing unmatched features for both
server and network virtualization, flexibility for LAN and SAN networks, and
proven, reliable performance.
• PCI Express* (PCIe*) 3.0 with up to 8.0
GT/s
Simplify the Transition to 10 GbE
• Standard CAT 6a cabling with four RJ45
connectors for maximum system density
• Network Virtualization offloads
including VXLAN, NVGRE, and Geneve1
• Intel® Ethernet Flow Director
(Intel® Ethernet FD ) for hardware-based
application traffic steering
• Intelligent offloads to enable high
performance with Intel® Xeon®
processor-based servers
• I/O virtualization innovations
for maximum performance in a
virtualized server
With 10GBASE-T, migration to 10 GbE is dramatically simplified with
backward compatibility for existing network infrastructure. Install an
X710-T4 adapter into a server and the auto-negotiation between 100 Mb/s, 1
GbE, and 10 GbE provides the necessary backwards compatibility that most
customers require for a smooth transition and easy migration to 10 GbE.
10GBASE-T switches can now be affordably added at any time to experience
the full benefits of 10 GbE.
10GBASE-T uses copper twisted-pair cables that are very familiar to IT
professionals today. 10GBASE-T is the easiest and most versatile 10 GbE
interface that can be deployed anywhere in the data center. Its flexible reach
from 1 meter to 100 meters support the latest network architectures
including Top of Rack (ToR), Middle of Row (MoR), and End of Row (EoR).
Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4
Network Connectivity
Network Virtualization
Network virtualization is the next big trend in creating an
agile data center. The Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 is ready
to help you take that next step.
• V XLAN, NVGRE, and Geneve1: These stateless offloads
preserve application performance for overlay networks.
With these offloads it is possible to distribute network
traffic across CPU cores.
At the same time the Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 offloads
LSO, GSO, and checksum from the host software reducing
CPU overhead.
Server Virtualization
With Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT), the Intel®
Ethernet CNA X710-T4 delivers outstanding I/O performance
in virtualized server environments. They reduce I/O
bottlenecks by providing intelligent offloads for networking
traffic per Virtual Machine (VM), enabling near-native
performance and VM scalability. The host-based
virtualization technologies supported by Intel® VT include:
• VMDq for Emulated Path: Adapter-based VM Queue
sorting enabling efficient hypervisor-based switching
• SR-IOV for Direct Assignment: Adapter-based isolation
and switching for various virtual station instances enabling
optimal CPU usage in virtualized environments
Additionally, the Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 provides Virtual Bridging2 (VB) support that delivers both host-side
and switch-side control and management of virtualized I/O
as well as the following modes of virtualized operation:
• VEPA 2: IEEE 802.1Qbg support for Virtual Ethernet
Port Aggregator2
• VEB: Virtual Ethernet Bridge support via Intel VT
Intel® Ethernet Flow Director
Intel® Ethernet FD is an advanced traffic steering capability
built into the Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4. It consists of a
large number of flow affinity filters that direct received
packets by their flows to queues for classification, load
balancing, and matching between flows and CPU cores. It
eliminates context switching required within the CPU.
As a result, Intel® Ethernet FD significantly increases the
number of transactions per second and reduces latency for
cloud applications like Memcached.
Intelligent Offloads
The Intel® Xeon® processor family has demonstrated
increased computing performance and increased integration
of key server subsystems generation after generation.
To offload is to leverage the ever-escalating computing
power of the Intel® Xeon® processor where appropriate and
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implement complementary accelerations in the network
controller—this is what Intel refers to as intelligent offloads.
By employing a balanced hybrid of compute and offload,
intelligent offloads are able to achieve the optimized point of
performance and efficiency. This is most notably observed
in the following usage models:
• TCP Stateless Offloads: Demonstrates leading performance
vs. TOE solutions without restricting feature usage (TOE
usage usually requires that key features be disabled).
Supported stateless offloads include Checksum, TSO,
VMDq, and RSS.
• Host iSCSI Initiator: Provides exceptional
performance without the need for full-offload
HBA methods.
• Flow Classification: Routing data flows across
multiple consumers and connections.
LAN/SAN for Today’s Data Centers
Converging data and storage onto one fabric eliminates
the need for multiple adapters, cables, and switches.
Furthermore, 10GbE provides the bandwidth to converge
these multiple fabrics. A key capability that makes all this
possible is traffic class separation provided by Data Center
Bridging (DCB)—providing a one-wire solution with virtual
pipes for the different classes of traffic:
• Data: Best effort delivery of standard LAN traffic
• Storage: Lossless network for iSCSI
• Management: Guaranteed connectivity of data center
IP management
Manageability
The Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 also incorporates the
manageability required by IT personnel for remote control
and alerting. Communication to the Board Management
Controller (BMC) is available through an on-board SMBus
port, providing a variety of management protocols,
including IPMI, BMC Pass-thru, OS2BMC, and MCTP/SMBus.
World-Class Intel Support
Intel Customer Support Services offers a broad selection
of technical and customer support programs. For more
information, contact your local Intel representative. Service
and availability may vary by country.
Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4
Network Connectivity
GENERAL
FEATURES
BENEFITS
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-T4
• Intel’s first quad-port 10GBASE-T solution
Low-profile solution
• Enables higher bandwidth and throughput from standard and low-profile PCIe slots
and servers
RJ45 connections over CAT 6a cabling
• Ensures compatibility with cable lengths up to 100 meters
Load balancing on multiple CPUs
• Increases performance on multi-processor systems by efficiently balancing network
loads across CPU cores when used with Receive-Side Scaling (RSS) from Microsoft
or Scalable I/O on Linux*
iSCSI remote boot support
• Provides centralized Storage Area Network (SAN) management at a lower cost than
other iSCSI solutions
• No additional cost for iSCSI support, included in the standard Intel® Ethernet CNA
X710-T4
Time Sync (IEEE 1588*, 802.1as)
• Enables networked Ethernet equipment to synchronize internal clocks according
to a network master clock; endpoint can then acquire an accurate estimate of the
master time by compensating for link latency
Support for most Network Operating Systems (NOS)
• Enables widespread deployment
RoHS-compliant, lead-free technology
• Complies with the European Union (EU) directives to reduce the use of hazardous
materials
Intel Backing
• Backed by an Intel limited lifetime warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee (U.S.
and Canada) and worldwide support
I/O FEATURES FOR MULTI-CORE PROCESSOR SERVERS
FEATURES
BENEFITS
Intel® Ethernet Flow Director
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n advanced traffic steering capability increases the number of transactions per
second and reduces latency for cloud applications like Memcached
MSI-X support
• Minimizes the overhead of interrupts
•L
oad-balancing of interrupt handling between multiple cores/CPUs
Multiple Queues: 1,536 Tx and Rx queues per device
•N
etwork packet handling without waiting for buffer overflow providing efficient
packet prioritization
• Actual number of queues will vary depending upon software implementation
Tx/Rx IP, SCTP, TCP, and UDP checksum offloading
(IPv4, IPv6) capabilities
• Lower processor usage
• Checksum and segmentation capability extended to new standard packet type
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Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4
Network Connectivity
VIRTUALIZATION FEATURES
FEATURES
BENEFITS
Next-Generation VMDq
• Up to 256 maximum VMDq VMs supported
• Enhanced QoS feature by providing weighted round-robin servicing for the Tx data
• Offloads the data-sorting functionality from the Hypervisor to the network silicon,
improving data throughput and CPU usage
• Provides QoS feature on the Tx data by providing round-robin servicing and
preventing head-of-line blocking
• Sorting based on MAC addresses and VLAN tags
• Provides loopback functionality, where data transfer between the virtual machines
within the same physical server need not go out to the wire and come back in,
improving throughput and CPU usage
PCI-SIG Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)
Implementation (128 per device)
• Provides an implementation of the PCI-SIG standard for I/O Virtualization. The
physical configuration of each port is divided into multiple virtual ports. Each
virtual port is assigned to an individual virtual machine directly by bypassing the
virtual switch in the Hypervisor, resulting in near-native performance.
• Integrated with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) for Directed I/O (Intel®
VT-d) to provide data protection between virtual machines by assigning separate
physical addresses in the memory to each virtual machine
• 32/port for quad port
Virtual Machine Load Balancing (VLMB)
• VMLB provides traffic load balancing (Tx and Rx) across VMs bound to the team
interface, as well as fault tolerance in the event of switch, port, cable, or adapter
failure
Advanced Packet Filtering
• 1536 exact matched packets (unicast or multicast)
• 512 hash entries each for unicast and multicast
• Lower processor usage
• Promiscuous (unicast and multicast) transfer mode support
• Optional filtering of invalid frames
VLAN support with VLAN tag insertion, stripping, and
packet filtering for up to 4096 VLAN tags
• Ability to create multiple VLAN segments
VXLAN, NVGRE and Geneve1 Support
• Preserves application performance in network virtualized environments
MANAGEABILITY FEATURES
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FEATURES
BENEFITS
Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) Support
• Enables system boot up via the LAN (32-bit and 64-bit)
• Flash interface for PXE image
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and
Remote Network Monitoring (RMON) Statistic Counters
• Easy system monitoring with industry-standard consoles
iSCSI Boot
• Enables system boot up via iSCSI
• Provides additional network management capability
Watchdog Timer
• Gives an indication to the manageability firmware or external devices that the chip
or the driver is not functioning
Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4
Network Connectivity
SPECIFICATIONS
AIR
FLOW
Air Flow
CABLE LENGTH
TEMPERATURE ( °C)
RECOMMENDED (LFM)
100 m
35
40
350
400
30 m
35
40
45
50
55
200
250
300
350
425+
10 m
50
55
350
425+
LINK SPEED/
TRAFFIC
MEAN POWER (W)
MAX POWER (W)
100 Mb/s
9.21
14.92
PCIe Hot Plug*/Active peripheral component interconnect (PCI)
1 GbE
12.04
18.08
IEEE 802.1Q* VLANs
10 GbE
24.69
28.95
GENERAL
Connector
• RJ45 copper
Cable distances
10GBASE-T:
• 100 m using CAT 6a
• 55 m using CAT 6
100BASE-T and 1000BASE-T:
• 100 m using CAT 5e, CAT 6 or CAT 6a
ADVANCED SOFTWARE FEATURES – ALL ADAPTERS
Adapter fault tolerance (AFT)3
Switch fault tolerance (SFT)3
POWER CONSUMPTION
Adaptive load balancing (ALB)3
Teaming Support3
IEEE 802.3ad (link aggregation control protocol)
IEEE 802.3 2005* flow control support
Tx/Rx IP, TCP, & UDP checksum offloading (IPv4, IPv6) capabilities
[Transmission control protocol (TCP), user datagram protocol (UDP),
Internet protocol (IP)]
IEEE 802.1p*
Note: At voltage and temperature corners, the adapter might
exceed 25 W total power and/or 2.1 A on the 12 V main rail.
TCP segmentation/large send offload
NETWORK OPERATION SYSTEM (NOS) SUPPORT –
ALL ADAPTERS
MSI-X supports Multiple Independent Queues
OPERATING SYSTEM
IA-32
X86-64
IA-64
Interrupt moderation
Windows Server* 2016
N/A
X
N/A
TECHNICAL
FEATURES
IPv6 offloading—Checksum
and segmentation capability extended to
new standard packet type
Operating temperature
0 °C to 55 °C (32 °F to 131 °F)
Windows Server 2012 R2
N/A
X
N/A
Windows Server 2012
N/A
X
N/A
Storage temperature
-40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)
Windows Server 2008 8R2
N/A
X
N
Storage humidity
Maximum: 90% non-condensing
relative humidity at 35 °C
Linux* Stable Kernel version 2.6/3x/4x
N/A
X
X
Linux RHEL 6.8, Linux RHEL 7.3
N/A
X
X
Linux SLES 11 SP4 and Linux SLES 12
SP1
N/A
X
X
FreeBSD* 11.0
N/A
X
X
UEFI* 2.1, UEFI 2.3 and UEFI 2.4
N/A
X
X
VMware* ESXi 5.5 and VMware ESXi 6.0
N/A
X
X
LED Indicators
LINK/ACTIVE:
• Off: no link
• Steady: link up
• Flashing: link active (passing traffic)
LINK SPEED:
• Green: 10 Gb/s
• Yellow: 1 Gb/s
• Off: 100 Mb/s
Physical Dimensions
Board
2.703 in. x 6.578 in.
Data rate supported per
port
100Mb/s, 1GbE and 10GbE
Bus type
PCIe 3.0 (8 GT/s)
Bus width
8-lane PCIe
Interrupt levels
INTA, MSI, MSI-X
Hardware certifications
Class A: USA-FCC; Canada – ICES-003/
NMB-003, European Union – CE, Japan
– VCCI, Taiwan – BSMI, Korea – MSIP,
Australia/New Zealand – RCM, Safety
EN/UL and CSA C22.2 60950-1
Controller/processor
Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710
Bracket
Full-height bracket installed. Lowprofile bracket included in package
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Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4
Network Connectivity
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The Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-T4 is Geneve ready.
Feature to be enabled in post-launch release.
Windows Server 2008 support only .
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