Breaking the Terabit per Second Barrier!

Borderless enterprise, secure data center and cloud computing applications are all pushing for huge increases in I/O density and higher data throughput per rack unit. The need for more I/O and more processing per packet basically means you need the highest performance CPUs with as much offload and acceleration as you can give them.

At Interop today, Advantech unveiled a pioneering new system architecture which raises the bar on system throughput by breaking the terabit per second barrier. It also redefines platform flexibility – enabling almost unlimited combinations of offload cards to meet the workload at hand.

Enter eATCA, a platform which integrates standard ATCA blades with extended rear transition modules providing almost four times more real-estate for PCIe-based I/O connectivity and enabling unprecedented capacity for acceleration and offload.

Advantech’s customers, i.e. network equipment providers can gain distinct product differentiation through the ability to add their own hardware innovation more easily on an extended transition module. The new eATCA system architecture from Advantech responds to an increasing demand from network equipment providers for greater I/O connectivity and a simpler way to add special purpose acceleration hardware beyond that currently offered by traditional commercial bladed systems suppliers or the ATCA ecosystem.

The ability to scale Advantech’s new eATCA systems to over 1 Terabits per second throughput hits the performance sweet spot targeted by customers deploying solutions at the high-end of today’s network computing and packet processing spectrum. By using commercial-off-the-shelf ATCA blades with enhanced I/O in systems with the big switching capabilities of ATCA, equipment providers can benefit from a wider supplier choice on a future-proofed architecture that can truly scale.

eATCA was designed to help equipment providers extend their product lines at the high-end. By consolidating multiple dual Intel® Xeon® based appliances and rackmount switches into an eATCA platform, twelve 2RU appliances and two 1RU switches can be condensed into 16RU height.

For top-of-the-range networking gear, 14-slot systems can support up to four hub blades, each with dedicated eRTMs offering over two terabits per second backplane switching capacity. Hub blade eRTMs can provide full system I/O capabilities along with fan-out switches, traffic managers, load balancing or even customized functions.

A 2-slot eATCA appliance consists of two dual socket Intel® Xeon® blades or a single dual socket Intel® Xeon® blade and one NPU or special purpose blade. The flexibility of the eRTM concept allows for almost unlimited NIC-based NMC I/O payloads with optional inline acceleration or even specialized eRTMS with switch based I/O.

For more information concerning the eATCA platforms click here. You can read the full press release here.

We look forward to seeing you on the Advantech booth #1164 at Interop in Las Vegas on May 7th to 9th.


Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director


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