Posted On: Oct 12, 2021
Today we are announcing support for jumbo frames via the virtual ethernet framework in the AWS FPGA Developer kit. With this support, developers using Amazon EC2 F1 instances can use jumbo frames to get the maximum allowed networking bandwidth for the instance delivering up to double the networking performance.
AWS FPGA Development Kit is a set of development and runtime tools to develop, simulate, debug, compile and run hardware accelerated applications on F1 instances. The kit is available on GitHub and includes all documentation on F1, internal FPGA interfaces, and compiler scripts for generating Amazon FPGA Images (AFIs). The Virtual Ethernet framework with support for shell versions F1.X.1.4 and F1.S.10, facilitates streaming ethernet frames from a network interface to the FPGA on F1 instances for processing and back. With support for Jumbo frames, customers can now support Ethernet frames with more than 1500 bytes of payload. With this update, customers can take advantage of the full networking bandwidth available to the F1 instance running their workloads, resulting in up to 2x higher networking performance than was previously attained with the previous version of the Virtual Ethernet framework.