Wind River Tackles Increasing Network Congestion by Enabling Wire-Speed Application Throughput
April 27, 2010 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at ESC Silicon Valley, Wind River introduced the first in a series of multi-core acceleration solutions, an integrated Network Acceleration Platform designed to deliver ultra-fast IP packet forwarding performance for telecommunications network infrastructure equipment. Wind River Network Acceleration Platform helps equipment providers tackle the increasingly significant challenge of delivering high-performance network products that can efficiently and easily scale to meet the growing demands of traffic on 3G, 4G and wireline networks.
“Multi-core creates an entirely new set of complexities to consider and the software in multi-core architectures is becoming increasingly significant. Companies ready with tested and integrated multi-core solutions, such as Wind River, are definitely on the right track with this trend and put themselves in an advantageous position.”
Wind River Network Acceleration Platform provides a fast packet acceleration solution, leveraging multiple cores for the control and data planes to deliver multiple Gigabit Ethernet wire-speed performance. The data plane includes a network acceleration engine tuned for IPv4/IPv6 packet forwarding protocols running on a Wind River Executive, a small footprint operating system optimized for specific tasks, while the control plane is managed by a choice of carrier grade operating systems, either Wind River Linux or VxWorks. The platform also includes a lightweight hypervisor to provide carrier-grade protection for software running on individual cores. To handle the complexities that arise with multi-core software development, Wind River also offers a comprehensive suite of tools designed to effectively develop, test and debug software and simulate systems in complex multi-core environments.
“Our customers have the mandate to solve the ever-increasing bottleneck created by explosive data traffic growth and at the same time increase ARPU (average revenue per user) by providing advanced packet handling solutions,” said Mike Langlois, vice president and general manager, Networking and Telecommunications, Wind River. “Wind River Network Acceleration Platform aims directly at these industry challenges by helping equipment providers configure multi-core-based network elements to achieve the critical performance and scalability needed to ensure reliable connectivity and delivery of multimedia content and applications.”
Ultra-Fast Packet Forwarding Performance
Wind River Network Acceleration Platform measured IPv4 forwarding performance of 21 million packets per second utilizing just four processor threads on a Linux system using Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processor-based reference boards. This is more than five times the performance measured on the same system running native Linux networking in symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) mode. To best anticipate the behavior of new system designs, testing was conducted to measure performance while simulating the expected conditions of a production network. This required the testing of an entire system, complete with a Linux control plane in addition to data plane performance. While no single benchmark can characterize the performance of every system, Layer 3 forwarding is a fundamental metric used to indicate the efficiency of packet processing. The efficient Wind River design achieves the equivalent forwarding throughput of more than 14 Gigabit Ethernet ports, using only 50 percent of the available cores for packet forwarding.
“Meeting the demands of our customers requires solutions that can quickly and more efficiently manage the exponential growth of data traffic on the network,” said Keith Landau, executive vice president and chief product officer, GENBAND, a leading global supplier and innovator of next-generation IP gateways, session border controllers and FMC security solutions. “Unlocking greater performance capabilities in our products through network acceleration in our underlying software gives us the flexibility and agility we need to deliver greater value to our customers and to remain one step ahead of our competition. We are working closely with leaders like Wind River to achieve these goals for our telecom products.”
“With bandwidth-intensive devices flooding the market, data traffic will continue to outpace voice traffic growth. Carriers and network equipment providers are rushing to increase bandwidth and looking to multi-core technologies to do this,” said Simon Stanley, analyst at large, Heavy Reading, a leading market research firm for the telecommunications industry. “Multi-core creates an entirely new set of complexities to consider and the software in multi-core architectures is becoming increasingly significant. Companies ready with tested and integrated multi-core solutions, such as Wind River, are definitely on the right track with this trend and put themselves in an advantageous position.”
“Consolidating multiple network workloads on Intel architecture will enable service providers to reduce their total cost of ownership by reducing engineering efforts and increasing platform flexibility with a common architecture,” said Rose Schooler, general manager, Performance Products Division, Intel. “The combination of Wind River Network Acceleration Platform with Intel Xeon processors is an example of a high-performance multi-core solution that can easily scale and reduce development cycles for customers.”
Today’s news further underscores Wind River’s focused efforts to develop leading multi-core software solutions and represents a move to offer a broad set of integrated multi-core software components for multiple architectures serving specific vertical market segments. Wind River has a unique advantage within the embedded industry with its comprehensive software portfolio, which includes industry leading embedded software operating systems, runtime technologies, development tools (including virtual systems development) and an embedded test management solution, as well as a rich technology heritage of industry specific software solutions, combined with global professional services and support.
Wind River’s Network Acceleration Platform will be available in May on current Intel® architecture. Wind River plans to introduce packet acceleration solutions with additional processor architectures at a later date, including the Cavium OCTEON family, Freescale QorIQ platform, and future Intel Xeon processor architectures. Wind River's multi-core acceleration solutions are expected to extend to other market segments requiring substantial packet processing, including deep packet inspection and security acceleration.
For existing customers of Wind River Linux and VxWorks, Wind River is offering a network acceleration upgrade kit. The upgrade kit includes multi-core networking software, a real-time Wind River Executive, and a lightweight hypervisor.
Visit the Wind River booth (#2302) at ESC Silicon Valley and Multicore Expo to view demonstrations of Wind River’s latest solutions. Additional details on Wind River’s activities at the show can be found at www.windriver.com/announces/esc-2010/.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981 and its technology is found in more than 500 million products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif. with offices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or blogs.windriver.com.