Moving the Bar for High End Networking Gear

Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco kicked off today with another new wave of announcements. After Advantech’s introduction of a new range of entry-level appliances in unison with the Intel Atom processor C2000family launch last week , today’s news addresses the other end of the spectrum, the spot where very high-end networking gear screams out for all the performance it can get – lots of cores and lots of 10G/40G connectivity for apps ranging from high-end network security to policy enforcement and DPI.

Yes, today’s announcement by Intel was at the high performance end, boosting the number of cores on the Intel Xeon e5-2600 processor family from 8 to 10 and adding more new security instructions. That’s good news for network equipment providers who have embraced the Intel workload consolidation strategy. The new Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v2 family of products delivers that extra performance, power efficiency and network oriented acceleration features needed for many demanding applications in the telecom and datacom networks; the 25% increase in the number of cores will certainly make NFV protagonists happy.

The product upgrades which Advantech introduced today apply to our industry-leading FWA-6510 Network Application Platform as well as our two flagship ATCA processor blades originally architected around the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Family, the MIC-5332 and MIC-5333.

The new Processor family is based on 22nm process technology and essentially delivers two additional cores at the same power over the previous generation. The extra processing power will give a significant boost to packet processing throughout making the introduction of our 8x 10GbE Rear Transmission Module, the RTM-5106 that much more significant, especially for those network equipment providers mentioned earlier who need all the performance they can get.

MIC-5333 Xeon E5-2600 v2

The new RTM-5106 Rear Transition Module complements the MIC-5333 CPU blades and uses i82599 NICs to respond to the increasing demand for network performance. In virtual environments where more Virtual Machines (VM) can run on each multi-core iA blade, networking traffic is dramatically increased as each VM competes for available I/O bandwidth. The use of i82599 NICs on the new RTM-5106 addresses networking bottlenecks and helps network-intensive applications to achieve the best possible performance in a virtualized environment.

This increased capacity takes our 14-slot Netarium ATCA System from 192 to 240 processing cores with as many as 108 10GbE ports, making it ideal for high bandwidth packet processing in network elements where packets from millions of subscribers need to be managed. Twelve MIC-5333 payload blades each with 20 Intel Xeon processor cores coupled with their respective RTM-5106 modules and FMM mezzanines support external connectivity for over 1Tbps worth of throughout and meet high port-count needs in applications requiring high throughput, low latency deep packet inspection for fast packet filtering or traffic management.

In our Advantech IDF news release, Peter Marek hit the nail on the head when he commented that with these new offerings, Advantech is once again accelerating network platform evolution, lowering our customer’s development risks and improving their time-to-market with solutions that are tailored to their specific application and market needs. Our new ATCA platforms featuring the latest Intel technology will enable our customers to ‘move-the-bar,’ particularly in very high-end networking gear. Check out our new ATCA Systems brochure or read the full release here. If you’re visiting IDF, be sure to check us out on booth #709.

Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director

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