The HP NC373F is a high performance PCI Express multifunction network adapter for either standard or low profile slots in ProLiant servers running over a fiber-optic network environment. In addition to delivering Gigabit Ethernet networking, the NC373F supports TOE (TCP/IP Offload Engine), Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), and RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) over a single network connection.
- As a TOE device, the NC373F shifts processing of the communications protocol stack (TCP/IP) from the server CPU to the network adapter, thereby freeing CPU cycles for other duties. With TOE, server efficiency is increased. As an iSCSI HBA, the NC373F combines two well-known technologies, SCSI and Ethernet, to provide HP ProLiant servers ready access to storage boxes over the same wire used for networking. iSCSI enables the NC373F to function as both a NIC and an HBA from a single connection. This capability is valuable when you want to consolidate resources and simplify your infrastructure with a single I/O device. As a high-speed, low-latency multifunction network adapter, the NC380T provides the fastest communication between two RDMA-capable systems by providing direct memory to memory communications between servers with minimal CPU overhead.
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