Accelerating Server-Based Networking For Contrail Vrouter

Sponsored by: Netronome

Focused on:

  • Networks
  • Vrouter
  • Contrail
  • Visualization

Date: 7 March


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Enabling high performance data, video, and IoT applications for 4G/5G networks

Juniper Networks' Contrail is a simple, open and agile Cloud Network Automation platform that implements secure multitenancy and enables dynamic service chaining in private, public, and hybrid clouds. Based on the principles of SDN, Contrail leverages BGP signaled end-system IP/VPNs to implement network virtualization overlays. These standards-based overlays, which span cloud boundaries, deliver a vendor-neutral approach for creating multitenant virtualized, containerized and bare-metal cloud environments. Infrastructure analytics and visualization features provide insight into virtual and physical networks, simplifying operations and decision making with proactive planning and predictive diagnostic capabilities.

As a software-based networking offering, the use of Contrail for overlays and data delivery to VMs requires to allocate some portion of the host compute node CPU resources for Contrail vRouter data plane functions, which can be costly from a power, compute and space perspective for network-intensive workloads such as VNFs (Firewall, virtual EPC...). To eliminate this CPU overhead, Netronome has provided the ability to accelerate Contrail vRouter and preserve valuable CPU cycles through offload of the Contrail vRouter data plane to Netronome's Agilio SmartNICs. This solution improves vRouter forwarding performance for VNFs and VMs above 20Mpps while consuming only 2 CPU cores.
This enables drastic improvements to cloud workloads' performance and reduction of TCO to run these VNFs by up to 6X.

This presentation will detail the Contrail ecosystem and architecture and provide an overview of the Contrail feature set and use cases. Subsequently, the presentation will introduce Netronome and their family of Agilio SmartNICs that bring the speed of software innovation to hardware. The presentation will also detail the performance levels achievable from both a throughput perspective (PPS) to speed data delivery to VNFs and from a CPU utilization perspective for a Joint Contrail / Netronome solution which significantly improves performance for Contrail-based networking for compute nodes in virtualized environments.

If your organization is interested in learning more about Juniper Contrail for your virtualization needs and is interested in a highly efficient technique for accelerating Contrail using Netronome's SmartNIC technology, please join us for this exciting webinar on March 7, 2017.

Presented by

Daniel Proch,

Sr. Director, Solutions Architecture

Daniel Proch is Sr. Director of Solutions Architecture at Netronome.

His role includes technology strategy, network architecture, and hardware and software planning. Previously he was previously responsible for Product Management of their line of Intelligent Server Adapters and software.

He has 20 years of industry experience spanning product management, CTO's office, strategic planning, and engineering in previous roles with FORE Systems, Marconi Communications, and Ericsson. Mr. Proch has engineering and telecommunications degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Marc Rapoport,

Sr. Product Line Manager, Contrail

Marc Rapoport is Sr. Product Line Manager for Contrail at Juniper Networks.

In his role, Marc is driving Contrail strategy and roadmap for the Service Provider vertical, including Telco Cloud and NFV use cases. Before Juniper, Marc held various Product Management position in HP, Ericsson, and Redback Networks where he was driving OpenStack distribution, SDN and Routing products. Marc has a Master of Science from the Institut Superieur d’ Electronique de Paris.

Glen Hunt,

Principal Analyst, Technology and Software, GlobalData

Glen brings more than 20 years of experience to Globaldata in the key areas of product development, product management, marketing and business development. As Principal Analyst covering Transport and Routing Infrastructure and Software Defined Networking, Glen analyzes technology, product, and partnership initiatives of vendors who supply carrier infrastructure solution. Specifically, focusing on vendors that produce routers, switching, optical transport, data center interconnection, mobile backhaul, NFV infrastructures (NFVI) and management systems.

Glen has held various senior marketing and product management roles at Advanced Switching Communications, Netrix, Sprint International, Dynatech Communications, and Tesdata Systems. At Advanced Switching Communications and Netrix, he held senior and executive level management positions in engineering, marketing and business development.

Glen holds a B.S. from The American University, Washington DC.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand Juniper Contrail use cases, architecture, and operation
  • Understand the performance challenges of any software-based switching / routing implementation
  • Introduce Netronome Agilio SmartNICs and their architecture and uses
  • Describe a joint solution combining the best of breed Contrail solution with Netronome and detail the performance efficiencies of this joint architecture


  • Network Architects
  • Product Management
  • Product Planning Managers
  • Product Line Managers
  • CIOs
  • CISOs
  • R&D Engineering