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Server blade optimised for NFV, deep packet inspection apps

Posted: 18 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Artesyn Embedded Technologies  server blade  NFV  Intel  processor 

Artesyn Embedded Technologies has introduced the ATCA-7480, a packet and server processing AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade featuring dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, also announced by Intel. According to the companies, the power of the Intel Xeon processor family, combined with the blade's high speed data paths between processors, up to 512GB DDR4 memory and I/O, allows short response times for database access and accelerated pattern matching, and can also help optimise routing decisions in virtualised network environments.

Artesyn's optional hardware accelerators, directly connected to the processors, can accelerate encryption/decryption algorithms and can greatly enhance throughput of encrypted data in security applications. Cost sensitive applications will benefit from the sixteen memory sockets, which means a developer can use lower cost, lower capacity DIMMs for applications that don't require the full 512GB potential memory capacity.

Using the recently announced Intel XL710 network interface controllers, the ATCA-7480 features an Artesyn QuadStar backplane interface consisting of four 40G Ethernet networks that connect all the blades in a system. System integrators have the choice of combining channels to create different redundant and non-redundant topologies, depending on the application bandwidth and availability requirements. By integrating multiple ATCA-7480 blades with up to four 40G hub blades into a single shelf, applications can benefit from aggregate bandwidth up to 1Tb/s in an appropriate ATCA shelf, such as Artesyn's Centellis 8000. Also, the high thermal and cooling capability of Artesyn's Centellis 8000 system, up to 600W per slot, enables users to specify higher performance processors or more cores on the ATCA-7480 blade, meaning up to 28 cores per slot and up to 336 cores per ATCA shelf.

The ATCA-7480 blade includes enabling software for Artesyn's SDN/NFV solutions, including support for Intel DPDK-accelerated OpenVSwitch, OpenFlow and OpenStack plug-ins for managing virtualisation services on the computing platform. The blade will also support Wind River's Carrier Grade Communications Server, a fully integrated and feature-complete software platform that enables an NFV infrastructure to achieve the ultra-reliability and high performance mandated for telecom networks.

Artesyn has also joined the Wind River Titanium Cloud, an ecosystem of hardware and software companies collaborating to pre-integrate and validate platforms to accelerate the deployment of NFV solutions.

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