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September 03, 2010

Network Processor Enhanced Packetarium System Scales 80 Gbps

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

ActivNetworks, a company specialized in the acceleration and compression of http streams for Web traffic optimization, has said that its BoostEdge products accelerate and secure Web applications.

Additionally, the company has selected Advantech’s (News - Alert) NCP-7560 Packetarium system for its ability to scale up to 80 Gbps of packet handling in 4U of server rack mount space.

Plus, the modularity of the system accepts up to eight multicore network processor boards with more than 100 cores handling core network traffic on multiple 10 gigabit and gigabit Ethernet ports.

In addition to being hot pluggable, BoostEdge can be installed “non-intrusively” in less than two hours, eliminating the need to modify operator’s network nor applications, servers or end user mobile devices.

Company officials said that in most customer tested cases, Web data traffic is immediately cut by six fold and response time is improved by three. In addition, BoostEdge ensures high server availability as well as improves load handling.

Additionally, BoostEdge also helps optimize 3G mobile networks for telecom operators. Company officials said that its patented “Plug'n Activ” technology enables rapid implementation, eliminating the need for infrastructure changes, and without service interruption, unlike the commonly used proxy mode.

BoostEdge comes in two product lines. The first optimizes the mobile flow (3G), while the second accelerates and secures web applications --Application Delivery Controller.

The NCP-7560 represents the high performance end of Advantech’s Packetarium product line. It integrates up to eight multi-core Packetarium Network Processing Boards for wire speed packet processing providing up to 80 Gbps throughput.

Company officials said that the main carrier board provides high-speed switched interconnects between boards in addition to management and external network connections.

Each Network Processing Board is linked by dual XAUI ports to a Broadcom (News - Alert) BCM56820 10 GbE switch on the carrier board. Also, the10GbE switch provides six frontpanel 10 GbE SFP+ ports and sixteen GbE SFP ports via Broadcom GbE switch, said company officials.

Company officials said that the scalability of the NCP-7560 positions it “ideally” for OEMs designing high bandwidth systems in telecommunications and enterprise networking.

Earlier this month, Advantech and NetLogic Microsystems (News - Alert) announced their collaboration to deliver advanced 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA (ATCA) platform using NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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