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Company Overview of Chelsio Communications, Inc.

Company Overview

Chelsio Communications, Inc. develops hardware and software solutions. The company provides unified wire Ethernet network adapter cards, unified storage software, high performance storage gateways, unified management software, bypass cards, and other solutions focused on specialized applications. It also offers unified wire adapters; ASICs; Unified Manager that manages various Chelsio network adapter cards on the network across Windows and Linux environments; and Terminator Core IP, an Ethernet packet processing engine with a suite of software for a range of system on a chip (SoC) network connectivity solutions. The company provides networking and storage solutions for virtualized enterprise...

209 North Fair Oaks Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

United States

Founded in 1997





Key Executives for Chelsio Communications, Inc.

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Operations
Director and Managing Director of Investor Growth Capital - Investor AB
Age: 47
Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Chelsio Communications, Inc. Key Developments

Chelsio Communications, Inc. Announces Terminator 6

Chelsio Communications, Inc. announced Terminator 6, the sixth generation of its high performance Ethernet silicon technology. The Terminator 6 (T6) ASIC is built upon the latest iteration of Chelsio's protocol-rich high speed network processing architecture, and leverages an industry-proven design, which has been widely deployed with hundreds of OEM platform wins and more than 1.3 million ports shipped worldwide. T6 runs all the current generation T5 silicon software without modification and thus enables the customers to leverage their software investment and make a smooth transition to 100GbE speeds. T6 is a highly integrated, hyper-virtualized 1/10/25/40/50/100 GbE controller with full offload support of a complete Unified Wire solution. T6 provides no-compromise performance with both low latency (sub 1µsec through hardware) and high bandwidth, limited only by the PCI bus. Furthermore, it scales to true 100 Gigabit line rate operation from a single TCP connection to thousands of connections, and allows simultaneous low latency and high bandwidth operation to multiple physical channels through the ASIC. Support for integrated TLS/SSL/IPsec and SMB 3.X crypto allows for tremendous differentiation for the end product. For example, T6 can encrypt/decrypt network data at line rate and in an in-line fashion (with or without integrated TCP Offload Engine), while concurrently doing encryption/decryption of storage data in a co-processor mode, thus enabling concurrent secure communication and secure storage, all for the price and power of a typical NIC. T6 Target Markets Designed for high performance clustering, storage, cloud, and data networking, T6 enables fabric consolidation by simultaneously supporting TCP/IP and UDP/IP socket applications, RDMA applications and SCSI applications at wire speed, over legacy switching infrastructure, thereby allowing InfiniBand and FibreChannel applications to run unmodified and concurrently over standard Ethernet. This will result in tremendous savings in the datacenter by avoiding the need for InfiniBand or FibreChannel adapters, cabling, switches and gateways. Thanks to the reliability provided by hardware offloaded TCP/IP, the benefits of T6 RDMA include eliminating the scalability and cabling and noise issues associated with IB-FDR. T6 establishes a new milestone for SAN performance. With T6, true 100Gb SAN throughput, more than 3x the latest FC speeds, is now enabled via offloaded iSCSI without requiring for specialized FCoE switches. T6 further improves storage IO performance to more than 5M IOPs. With a specific design focus on low latency and small packet processing performance, T6 also enables a new performance milestone for high frequency trading and other latency sensitive applications such as flash based storage installations. Given the high integration of T6, the ability to concurrently run all the different protocols at top performance levels, and the rich feature set that addresses all of Ethernet's market segments, this silicon enables OEMs to converge on a single vendor for all their connectivity needs. These needs can be as disparate as Financial Services Industry verticals, to cloud, virtualization and SDN/NFV applications, to clustering and storage applications, and to GPU pooling and HPC applications. T6 Architectural Features The T6 ASIC is built around a highly scalable and programmable protocol-processing engine. Much of the processing of the offloaded protocols is implemented in firmware running on a proprietary pipelined data-flow processor. The pipeline supports cut-through operation for both transmit and receive paths for minimum latency, and the transport processor is designed for wire-speed operation at small packet sizes, regardless of the number of connections. Key features of T6: PCI Express v3.0 x16 host interface. Optional DDR-3/4 memory interface for high capacity applications. 2x1/10/25/40/50/100GbE ports. Designed for very low latency, high bandwidth and high packet processing rate. TOE/iWARP RDMA/iSCSI/FCoE port to port, and adapter to adapter failover. SR-IOV 8PF/256VF + VEPA/VEB 802.1Qbg/h offload virtualization. Integrated OpenFlow ready virtual Ethernet switch (OVS Offload). T10-DIF/DIX protection support for both FCoE and iSCSI. Key Offloads: TCP/UDP, iSCSI/FCoE/iSER, iWARP RDMA, SDN (OVS, NVGRE, VXLAN, GENEVE, etc.), Crypto (TLS/SSL, IPsec, SMB 3.X), AES 128/256, SHA 1/2 128/256, Other (Time Stamping, Tracing), Classification/Filtering, Traffic Management/QoS/Congestion control, Hardware based IO virtualization. Some key software support of T6: Windows Server 2012-R2, or 2016: SMB-Direct, Storage Replica, Storage Spaces Direct, Azure Stack, Network Direct, iSCSI Offload Initiator, Packet Direct, Windows 10 Client RDMA, Lustre-RDMA, NFS-RDMA, Hadoop-RDMA. iSCSI: Open-iSCSI, LIO Target, SCST, FreeBSD and Linux support. VMware ESX-iSCSI Initiator, NVMe-Fabrics support, nVidia's GPU Direct, OpenPower support, ARM support. Server Offload: T6 ASIC can support up to 4,000 offloaded connections without requiring external memories. This allows for a small board footprint and cost effective initiator applications. Using external memories enables T6 to offload up to 500,000 connections. More Details: T6 Architecture: T6 Architecture White Paper, T6 Encryption Offload: T6 Crypto White Paper, T6 Product Brief: T6 Product Brief. Availability and Pricing: T6 is designed in 32nm SOI CMOS process technology and is available in 4 configurations.

Chelsio Communications, Inc. Demonstrates Five Million IOPS iSCSI Performance Chelsio T5 40G Adapters

Chelsio Communications, Inc. announced the extreme Ethernet storage performance capabilities of its 40Gb Ethernet adapters. The demonstration shows Chelsio T5 cards enabling five million IOPS (input/output instructions per second) iSCSI performance for a cost-effective enterprise-class storage target solution built with volume, off-the-shelf hardware and software components. Showcasing the iSCSI hardware offload capabilities of the Chelsio T5 Unified Wire adapters, the demonstration shows how all-flash and hybrid storage array OEMs can easily enable such arrays with iSCSI target performance that is fully compatible with the existing iSCSI ecosystem and seamlessly supports the routability, scalability and reach advantages of iSCSI. The complete Chelsio T5 iSCSI benchmark paper detailing the hardware/software configuration used and results achieved is available here. iSCSI offload is especially suited for enterprise deployments: It requires only software peers (that are supported in all volume operating systems) and as such can be non-disruptively deployed in existing environments. The second source consists of operating system built-in software-only stacks. The enterprise customer will never be in a line-down situation because of the adapter hardware. It is therefore much easier to address dual source requirements. It is supported in Linux (LIO Target, Open-iSCSI Initiator), FreeBSD (Target and Initiator), Windows (Initiator " the most popular iSCSI initiator in the industry), VMware, and other OS's and distributions. It is built on the proven TCP/IP protocol and as such can scale and route and handle congestion and network loss resiliently and robustly without needing special switch features. It allows the same redline performance as other storage networking protocols such as NVMe or iSER, and has built-in RDMA, but it does so over the proven TCP/IP protocol (removing any challenges pertaining to TCP/IP "overhead"). It does not suffer from interoperability requirements of fabrics-based storage protocols such as iSER or NVMe Fabrics. It is a proven $3.6B market without any technology adoption risks. It runs at 100Gb and beyond, and will scale consistent with Ethernet evolution. The CPU savings resulting from iSCSI offload results in an immediate bill of materials reduction in storage applications " same or more performance at lower cost. iSCSI is mature, robust, tested, multi-vendor, deterministic, and ubiquitous. It has a much higher performance than Fibre Channel which it replaces. It allows enterprise OEMs to consider consolidating their adapter vendor product line and hence truly leverage the economies of scale of Ethernet. Chelsio T5 adapters enable enterprise storage systems that are purpose-built to deliver optimized storage performance for various application workloads in mission-critical virtualized, private cloud environments. The high efficiency of T5-enabled storage systems lets IT departments balance high performance, capacity and features with game-changing storage economics. Chelsio-enabled storage systems also easily integrate into diverse enterprise IT environments by enabling SAN and NAS deployments from the same array through iSCSI and TCP/IP protocol offload for iSCSI block-level protocol, as well as NFS and CIFS file-level protocols.

Chelsio Communications, Inc. Launches Enhanced Worldwide Channel Partner Program

Chelsio Communications, Inc. announced a new, enhanced worldwide channel program, providing partners with added resources to take advantage of opportunities in high-growth markets such as Microsoft Private Cloud, GPU Computing, Software-Defined Storage, Hyper-Scale Computing, and OpenStack. Chelsio channel partners can access valuable tools and collateral through the Channel Partner program, in addition to blueprints for building cloud and storage infrastructures, and professional training. Through the Chelsio Accelerate! Partner Program, channel partners are equipped with pre-packaged, high-performance end-to-end industry-standard Ethernet interconnect solutions for enterprise and cloud applications, including software for storage and application acceleration. Chelsio 40 iWARP (RDMA/TCP) server adapter solutions are in production now in GPU applications; as a fabric for clustered storage for Lustre and other storage applications; for Microsoft Azure Stack storage; for HPC applications, and for remote replication and disaster recovery. Chelsio 40GbE Unified Wire adapters enable all-flash and hybrid storage arrays with iSCSI target performance while being fully compatible with the existing iSCSI ecosystem and seamlessly supporting the routability, scalability and reach advantages of iSCSI. The program has the support of Avnet, Inc.

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