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Content processor designed for network security

Posted: 10 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:content processing board  network security  telecom OEMs  "plug-and-play" 

LSI Corp. introduces the Tarari 8400 series of PCIe "plug-and-play" content processor boards designed to meet the high-performance needs of network security and telecom OEMs.

The Tarari 8400 series offers scalable performance up to 12Gbps at half the price perGbps and one-fourth the power of current solutions. The series offers complete hardware and software solutions that automatically detect and load balance up to four boards providing up to 48Gbps total throughput.

The 8400 series improves the efficiency of industry-standard server/appliance platforms based on multi-core processors such as the Quad Core Intel Xeon. These highly scalable solutions allow a common set of regular expression rules to be used over the entire range of performance levels, maximising the financial return of a single development effort. This can significantly reduce engineering investment while speeding time to market. By deploying 8400 series boards to offload content processing workloads, lower-cost and lower-power CPUs can now be used in complete system designs, lowering overall server/appliance power and cost.

"We completed a comprehensive review of the LSI Tarari content processors and found that with the introduction of the 8400 series boards, LSI offers the broadest range of regular-expression accelerators for PCIe," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "These solutions meet the performance requirements of large-enterprise appliances."

Remarks Randy Smerik, senior VP of network components group at LSI, "Our 8400 series of content processor solutions is targeted specifically at systems that require a broad range of multi-gigabit speeds. We've leveraged our silicon to create scalable boards which will drive down the overall cost of adding greater intelligence, control and security into the network while maintaining system throughput performance."

The LSI Tarari content processor family is a comprehensive set of solutions providing security, quality of service, content-based billing and bandwidth management functions. These solutions support common industry interfaces and a common application programming interface, resulting in shorter design cycles and faster times to market. The Tarari 8400 series consists of four boards offering performance levels of 3Gbps, 6Gbps, 9Gbps and 12Gbps and supporting PCIe 8 lane interfaces from a wide range of multi-core processors including Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron, Cavium Octeon Plus or RMI XLS. Samples will be available in September.





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