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open sourced consumable capabilities

Intel has been working with partners and with open source communities to address barriers to commercial containers-networking adoption and to deliver consumable capabilities concerning configuration, manageability, performance, service-assurance, and resilience. The container bare metal experience kits are a set of collateral introducing the newly developed open sourced consumable capabilities. The collection of all the container bare metal experience kits creates a library of best practice guidelines to address containers-bare-metal networking development and deployability gaps. It includes a variety of documents and demonstrations targeting developers, product leads, and a sales and marketing audience.

Container Reference Architecture

The container bare metal reference architecture release represents a baseline configuration of components that are optimized to achieve maximum system performance mainly for NFV use cases when running on platforms based on Intel® Xeon Scalable processors.

Reference Architecture

Container Bare Metal for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Reference Architecture

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2019

High-level notes on installation, configuration, and use of Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA), networking, and device plugin features for Kubernetes.

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Video

Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Overview - Part 1 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video 1 in a series of 4, which reviews how container Bare Metal Reference Architecture (BMRA) is evolving to support network transformation and how BMRA provides resources that help to deploy the technology.

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Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Technology - Part 2 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video 2 in a series of 4, which focuses on the core technologies and plug-ins that comprise the Bare Metal Reference Architecture (BMRA) solution.

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White Paper

Multi-Cloud Services on Kubernetes* with Cloudify* Orchestration and F5 Networks* Functions

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Solution based on Cloudify policy-driven orchestration for Kubernetes-managed containerized network functions from F5 Networks using Intel® QuickAssist Technology.

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Application Note

NFV Demonstration Framework - Application Guide

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020

NFV demo framework eliminating test equipment costs.

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User Guide

Packet pROcessing eXecution Engine (PROX) - Performance Characterization for NFVI User Guide

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Step by step instructions on how to prepare, onboard, and run tests with the OPNFV open source PROX tool, which automates throughput testing to characterize the performance of a containerized NFVI system.

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TECHNICAL BRIEF

QCT Validated Kubernetes Platform with Enhanced Platform Awareness Technical Brief

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2020

QCT collaborated with Intel to deliver a QCT validated Kubernetes platform with Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA), bringing high interoperability and agility in workload orchestration.

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TECHNICAL BRIEF

QCT Validated Red Hat OpenShift Platform with Enhanced Platform Awareness and Optimized Base Frequency Technical Brief

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2020

QCT collaborated with Intel to deliver a QCT validated Red Hat OpenShift Platform applying Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) features as well as Intel® SST-BF technology.

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Kubernetes Networking

Kubernetes support for network functionality required in NFV use cases.

Application Note

Adv Network Features in Kubernetes App Note

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Introduction of an open source solution for Kubernetes called Multus, a container network interface plugin that creates multiple network interfaces for pods in Kubernetes.

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Video

Multiple Network Interfaces in Kubernetes Demo

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2018

Video for CTOs, architects and engineers planning to implement multiple network interfaces in Kubernetes using the Multus CNI plugin.

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Feature Brief

Multiple Network Interfaces in Kubernetes Feature Brief

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2017

Overview of the Multus CNI plugin. Introduces the technology and benefits of using it to implement multiple network interfaces in Kubernetes.

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Video

Multiple Network Interfaces in Kubernetes Overview - Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video that introduces Multus, describes its use case, challenges, supported plugins, and how to deploy.

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Acceleration

Open platforms provide the scalability and flexibility needed for almost any network usage. In some cases, this includes using standards-based acceleration technologies to deliver the required efficiency or performance. Intel offers a large range of technologies and capabilities to meet the broad range of throughput and reliability of network workloads.

Technology GUIDE

Intel® Ethernet Controller 700 Series - Dynamic Device Personalization Support for CNF with Kubernetes* Technology Guide

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020

How to orchestrate container workloads on a Kubernetes* cluster to take advantage of the DDP feature in certain Intel® Ethernet Controllers and customize packet processing to improve throughput and performance.

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Resource Management

Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) represents a methodology targeting intelligent platform capability, configuration and capacity consumption. EPA delivers improved and deterministic application performance, and input/output throughput.

Kubernetes, an open source container orchestration technology, can now support Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) including CPU Pinning, SR-IOV and Huge Page Support.

Technology GUIDE

CPU Management - CPU Pinning and Isolation in Kubernetes* Technology Guide

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Overview of the CPU Pinning and Isolation capability, which enables efficient and deterministic workload utilization of available CPUs. Also discusses CPU Manager for Kubernetes*.

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Video

CPU Management - CPU Pinning and Isolation in Kubernetes Training Video

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Part of the Container Experience Kit video series. Delivers an overview of the similarities, differences and benefits achieved from using Native CPU Manager and CPU Manager for Kubernetes.

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Application Note

Enhanced Platform Awareness in Kubernetes Application Note

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2017

Step by step instructions for using EPA features in Kubernetes, including Node Feature Discovery, CPU Manager for Kubernetes, huge page support, and SR-IOV. Includes performance results.

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feature brief

Enhanced Platform Awareness in Kubernetes Feature Brief

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2018

Overview of EPA features in Kubernetes, including Node Feature Discovery, CPU Manager for Kubernetes, huge page support, and SR-IOV.

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Performance Benchmark report

Enhanced Platform Awareness in Kubernetes Performance Benchmark Report

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2018

Benchmark results and test details for EPA features in Kubernetes.

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Application Note

Intel Device Plugins for Kubernetes Application Note

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Overview of the following open source device plugins: Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) plugin, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) plugin, and Intel® QuickAssist Technology (QAT) plugin.

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Application Note

Node Feature Discovery Application Note

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Step by step details for Node Feature Discovery (NFD), a Kubernetes* add-on that detects and advertises hardware and software capabilities of a platform for intelligent workload scheduling.

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Technology Guide

Topology Management - Implementation in Kubernetes* Technology Guide

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Overview of the Topology Manager capability available in Native K8s. It explains how to set up the feature, outlines benchmark test results, and provides performance benefits.

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Telemetry

Ensure platform and container metrics and events are accessible though industry standard interfaces to allow capacity planning, trending and operational status.

Application note

Collecting and Monitoring Platform and Container Telemetry Application Note

Overview of telemetry usage in containers, including two use cases using open source tools.

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Video

Monitoring platform and container telemetry with corrective action Demo

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Video describing platform monitoring and container telemetry that results in corrective action.

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Video

Monitoring Platform and Container Telemetry using Grafana Demo

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Video describing platform telemetry system support in Kubernetes.

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NFV Service Assurance

Intel® Network Builders - Network Functions Virtualization Service Assurance

List of additional documents, training, and demos related to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) service assurance.

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Technology GUIDE

Telemetry Aware Scheduling - Automated Workload Optimization with Kubernetes* (K8s*) Technology Guide

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Methodology for enhancing scheduling capabilities in K8s. Telemetry Aware Scheduling (TAS) enables automated actions and intelligent placement of workloads based on up-to-date platform telemetry.

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Video

Telemetry Aware Scheduling - Automated Workload Optimization with Kubernetes* (K8s*) Training Video

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Part of the Container Experience Kit video series. Provides an overview of Telemetry Aware Scheduling and discusses examples of its advantages and relevant use cases.

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Training and Demos

Watch the following training and demo videos to understand the newly developed networking capabilities in Kubernetes and how you can apply them to your networking environments.

Video

Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Overview - Part 1 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video 1 in a series of 4, which reviews how container Bare Metal Reference Architecture (BMRA) is evolving to support network transformation and how BMRA provides resources that help to deploy the technology.

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Video

Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Technology - Part 2 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video 2 in a series of 4, which focuses on the core technologies and plug-ins that comprise the Bare Metal Reference Architecture (BMRA) solution.

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Video

Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Installation - Part 3 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video 3 in a series of 4, which provides a deeper explanation of the Ansible playbook and how to deploy the Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture playbook.

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Video

Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture Verification - Part 4 Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

In this chapter M Jay, DPDK/NFV Platform Application Engineer at Intel, demonstrates how to verify the Bare Metal Reference Architecture components are running as expected.

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Video

Corrective Action with Nagios Demo

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Video describing platform monitoring and container telemetry that results in corrective action.

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Video

CPU Management - CPU Pinning and Isolation in Kubernetes Training Video

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Part of the Container Experience Kit video series. Delivers an overview of the similarities, differences and benefits achieved from using Native CPU Manager and CPU Manager for Kubernetes.

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Video

Enhanced Platform Awareness in Kubernetes Demo

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2018

Demonstration of the performance results achieved using EPA features in Kubernetes running on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.

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Video

Monitoring Platform and Container Telemetry using Grafana Demo

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Video describing platform telemetry system support in Kubernetes.

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Video

Multiple Network Interfaces in Kubernetes Overview - Training Video

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2018

Video for CTOs, architects and engineers planning to implement multiple network interfaces in Kubernetes using the Multus CNI plugin.

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Video

Multiple Network Interfaces in Kubernetes Overview - Training Video

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Video that introduces Multus, describes its use case, challenges, supported plugins, and how to deploy.

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Video

Predictable and scalable architecture using Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors for a Cable Use Case

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018

Video for CTOs and architects planning to implement a virtual CMTS using container technology with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.

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Video

Telemetry Aware Scheduling - Automated Workload Optimization with Kubernetes* (K8s*) Training Video

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Part of the Container Experience Kit video series. Provides an overview of Telemetry Aware Scheduling and discusses examples of its advantages and relevant use cases.

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Cable Use Case

Intel optimizes virtualized, cable modem termination system (vCMTS) architecture using Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512, Intel® AES New Instructions, DPDK, and Intel® QuickAssist Technology.

Architecture Study

Maximizing the Performance of DOCSIS 3 0/3 1 Processing on Intel® Xeon® Processors

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2017

Description of a virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) architecture, a DPDK-based implementation, and benchmarking environment. Contains detailed benchmark data with thorough analysis.

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Video

Predictable and scalable architecture using Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors for a Cable Use Case

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018

Video for CTOs and architects planning to implement a virtual CMTS using container technology with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.

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Video

vCMTS Demo

Demo that moves a function network from a hardware base appliance to a software base virtual network function (VNF).

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