Install a SmartNIC in a Server

NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS Installation

Napatech SmartNIC
Content Type
Hardware Installation Guide

About this task

The SmartNIC is not hot-pluggable.


  1. Power off the server, and remove the server cover.
    Refer to the server documentation for correct procedure and for safety instructions.
  2. Remove the SmartNIC from the ESD bag.
    Observe the ESD precautions detailed in ESD Precautions when handling or placing the SmartNIC on a surface.
  3. Insert the SmartNIC in a vacant PCI Express ×16 connector, ensuring that it sits securely within the PCI Express connector.
  4. If the PCIe slot does not support 75 W, connect the optional auxiliary power connector to an additional power supply outlet (see Optional Auxiliary Power Connector Specifications).
  5. Secure the SmartNIC at the rear end of the server by fastening it at the top of the I/O bracket using the retention mechanism provided in the server, if applicable.
  6. Depending on the SmartNIC configuration, plug in the appropriate pluggable modules:
    • NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS to run at 2 × 40 Gbit/s: Plug in the desired QSFP+ modules.
    • NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS to run at 8 × 10 Gbit/s optically: Plug in the desired QSFP+ modules and connect two 4 × 10 Gbit/s optical breakout cables. For information on available optical breakout cables, see DN-0515 on (the Napatech Documentation Portal). For information on a usable optical breakout cassette, see Breakout Cables.
    • NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS to run at 8 × 10 Gbit/s electrically: Plug in two QSFP+ 40GBASE-CR4 to SFP+ 10GBASE-CR electrical breakout cables. For information on usable electrical breakout cables, see Breakout Cables.

    See Plug In a Pluggable Module for more detailed instructions.

  7. Connect a network device via a fiber optic cable to the SmartNIC.
  8. Replace the server cover, and power on.
  9. Install the driver for the SmartNIC.
    For information on installing a Napatech driver, see:
  10. If the default image in the SmartNIC (the image in bank 0) is not the desired image, you must use the --switch command of the imgctrl tool to switch the SmartNIC to image bank 1, if this contains the desired image (see DN-0487). If the desired image is neither in bank 0 nor in bank 1, you must use the --program command of the imgctrl tool to upload the desired image to the SmartNIC (see DN-0487).


The SmartNIC is now ready to operate.