The second generation of the Kontron AMC Packet Processor module AM4211 for MicroTCA platforms is available today with the Cavium 10-core OCTEON II cn6645 series.
For telecom equipment manufacturers, Canada-based Kontron says this AMC module represents a 40-percent increase in performance for any new designs of security and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), network applications for SNOW 3G and KASUMI, TCP/IP packet processing acceleration, and QoS integrated into eNodeB base stations and other types of network security and test-and-measurement applications for LTE networks.
“The combination of Cavium hardware acceleration engines and production-ready Cavium TurboDPI software ensures that the Kontron AM4211 is available as an ‘out-of-the-box’ DPI card for application system developers who require 10GbE wire-speed performance of various DPI functions,” Kontron notes. “This includes five main DPI categories: protocol analysis/application recognition, anti-malware/anti-virus, application-performance management, network intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), and URL filtering.
Adds YJ Kim, general manager/Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium, “The move to cloud-based SaaS services and increasing smartphone data traffic are putting tremendous pressure on network equipment vendors to integrate more sophisticated security and deep-packet-inspection features into their network applications. Integration of our 10-core OCTEON II processor, our production-ready TurboDPI software and very flexible I/O options onto a single Kontron AMC module makes for a very compelling, complete, fast-to-market security-and-DPI solution that can easily scale in performance, cost and power requirements.”
Here are the board-level tech specs:
>>Front access: 1 SFP+ cage to support multi-rate fiber SFP+ modules plus HIROSE for RS232 access to processor;
>> AMC ports: Port 4-7 as PCIe x4 or SRIO and port 8-11 as PCIe x4, XAUI or 4x SGMII. The SRIO interface helps ensure interoperability with third-party Digital Signal Processing (DSP) AMCs; and
>> Memory: 1 to 8 Gigabyte DDR3 Memory support with ECC.
And the Cavium processor tech specs:
>> 10-Core Cavium OCTEON® II CN6645 CNMIPS64 v2 processor;
>> I/O packet processors and hardware application acceleration managers, including L2-L7 application and security acceleration engines, TCP offload, load balancing, compression and support for virtualization;
>> Power Optimizer that dynamically adjusts power in real time depending upon the application-level processing requirement without the need to adjust CPU voltage or clock frequency, enabling developers to specify the maximum power that a program is allowed to consume on a per-core basis; and
>> Third-generation pattern search capability with new Hyper Finite Automata engines.