The HPE BladeSystem NC370i Multifunction Network Adapters (NC370i) are high-performance, dual-port networking devices that support Gigabit Ethernet, TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) for Windows, accelerated iSCSI for Windows.
Each port on the NC370i is a 64-bit/100-MHz PCI-X adapter that delivers 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-negotiated speed, as well as, Wake-on-LAN (WOL), Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) support, and LED indicators showing link, speed, and activity. Additionally, the NC370i supports IEEE 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.3ab, 802.3ad, 802.3p, and 802.1Q.
- Up to 1000 Mbps Ethernet transfer rate delivers better network performance that improves response time and removes bottlenecks across the entire network.
- TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) for Windows moves the processing of data in the TCP protocol stack from the server CPU to the network card, freeing CPU cycles for other duties. The NC370i supports TOE when Windows TOE Chimney is installed. With TOE, network communications are improved, and server efficiency is increased.
- Accelerated iSCSI enables the NC370i to deliver performance well beyond that of software iSCSI initiators. Acceleration is made possible by virtue of the iSCSI driver sitting on top of the TOE driver, thereby freeing the server CPU for other duties.
- Transmit Load Balancing (TLB) and Switch-Assisted Load Balancing (SLB) are two advanced features used to build a bigger pipe for improved networking bandwidth. These port-bonding techniques enable users to install a dual NC370i adapter in an HP ProLiant BL server blade and aggregate their throughput up to a theoretical maximum of 4 Gigabits per second full-duplex transmission. The NC370i can be configured to work with other NC-series Ethernet server adapter teams supported on ProLiant BL server blades.
- The NC370i features TCP Checksum Offloads as well as TCP Segmentation Offloads and Interrupt Coalescence. These features reduce the load on the CPU for overall improved system response.
- Interrupt Coalescence is a feature that groups multiple packets and issues a single interrupt to the host. This process improves host efficiency.