Storage Clips: Microsoft accelerates iSCSI

Microsoft announced Windows Server 2003 Scalable Networking Pack that delivers TOE capabilities to improve server and network performance.

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Microsoft accelerates iSCSI
Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2003 Scalable Networking Pack at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle.

The Scalable Networking Pack improves Windows Server performance and network throughput by offloading CPU intensive TCP/IP processing to specialized TCP/IP offload engine (TOE) cards. This frees up CPU cycles for application related tasks, such as supporting more user sessions or responding faster to network application requests. Depending on the workload, this can reduce network packet processing overhead by 20% to 100%, resulting in significant server performance gains, the company said.

The architectural changes introduced in the Scalable Networking Pack include:

  • TCP chimney offload -- providing integrated support for network adapters with TOE

  • Receive-side scaling -- dynamically balances inbound network connections to share traffic load across multiple processors or cores

  • NetDMA -- enables support for advanced direct memory access technologies, such as Intel I/O Acceleration Technology
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