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Integrated Virtual Ethernet Adapter Technical Overview and Introduction

An IBM Redpaper publication

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Published on 10 October 2007, updated 05 December 2012

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IBM Form #: REDP-4340-00

Authors: Scott Vetter, Laurent Agarini and Giuliano Anselmi

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    The introduction of the POWER6 processor-based servers brought to market several advances in server design, performance, and function. One of these enhancements is the capability to virtualize Ethernet within a server. The feature that provides this function is named Integrated Virtual Ethernet adapter (IVE).

    IVE is the integration of several technologies, including the Host Ethernet Adapter (HEA), advanced software, and updates to the hypervisor, that provide integrated high-speed Ethernet adapter ports with hardware-assisted virtualization capabilities.

    IVE is a standard set of features offered on all IBM System p POWER6 processor-based 520, 550, 560, and 570 server. The IVE provides:

    - Two 10 Gbps Ethernet ports or four 1 Gbps ports or two 1 Gbps ports

    - External network connectivity for LPARs using dedicated ports without the need of a Virtual I/O Server

    - Industry standard hardware acceleration, loaded with flexible configuration possibilities

    - The speed and performance of the GX+ bus, faster than PCI-e x16

    This IBM Redpaper is for technical professionals interested in understanding the many features of the IVE, and those who configure and support the servers that use it.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Integrated Virtual Ethernet adapter overview

    Chapter 2. Integrated Virtual Ethernet architecture

    Chapter 3. Integrated Virtual Ethernet planning and requirements

    Chapter 4. How to configure and work with Integrated Virtual Ethernet


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