Category: Networking

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Cavium ThunderX2, 54-core 3Ghz 14nm ARM Server Processor

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

ThunderX2 is Cavium's Second generation ARM Server Processor product family providing one of the fastest 64bit ARMv8 Data Center & Cloud Processor, featuring high integration and high SoC performance on 14 Finfet process. With high performance custom fully out-of-order (OOO) cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s supporting 25Gbps. The ThunderX2 family includes multiple Workload Optimized SKUs that enable servers & appliances that are optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud. The ThunderX2 processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA. ThunderX2 scales up to 54 cores with up to 3.0 GHz core frequency, fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI™) offering the largest integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth using integrated 25Gbps SerDes, Six DDR4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 3200 MHz memories with 1+TB of memory in a dual socket configuration, Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications, Fabric for interconnectivity of nodes supporting SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtual networks, Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC technology – Full system level low latency virtualization solution from core to I/O. Support for PCIe Gen3 x16 along with integrated 10/25/40/50/100GbE and SATAv3 ports and more.

MediaTek Adaptive Network, Wi-Fi Range Extender and Repeater

Posted by Charbax – May 30, 2016

MediaTek MT7621 + MT7615 + MT7615 aims to provide a good quality and ubiquitous wireless connection experience in a secure and reliable way, providing easy automatic setup (not even the need to enter the Wi-Fi password, just plug-and-play), Ban Steering, Roaming, Network Healing and Security. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

7Gbit/s Wi-Fi using 802.11ad over 60Ghz by Qualcomm

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2016

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. shows off 802.11ad, the next generation Wi-Fi over 60Ghz, that enables data transfer speeds at up to 7Gbit/s. The 60 GHz signal cannot typically penetrate walls but can propagate off reflections from walls, ceilings, floors and objects using beamforming. When roaming away from the main room the protocol can switch to make use of the other lower Wi-Fi bands on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at a much lower rate, both of which can propagate through walls. 802.11ad is supported in Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm Atheros Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) 8064 reference designs combined with its QCA9500 802.11ad chipset. Letv's first Snapdragon 820 smartphone will support it. New Wi-Fi Access points from Elecom, NEC and TP-Link support it, and Acer and Asus plan to release laptops with 802.11ad. SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company, and Peraso Technologies, Inc. will also deliver Adapters to the market.

ENEA Pharos Lab, 64bit ARM server for Networking, world’s first OPNFV reference Lab

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2016

OPNFV Pharos Lab project deals with developing an OPNFV lab infrastructure that is geographically and technically diverse. The Pharos Lab is hosted in Kista, Sweden, it will greatly assist in developing a highly robust and stable OPNFV platform (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/pharos) OPNFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/start)

The following ARMv8 servers are used:
- Controller nodes: 3 * Applied Micro X-Gene 2 ARMv8-64 8 cores @ 2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 1x128GB SSD, 2x1TB HDD, 1x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 2x1Gbps NICs.

- Compute nodes: 2-3* Cavium Networks CN8890-CRB ThunderX ARMv8-64 48 cores @ 2.5GHz, 8x16GB RAM (128GB total), 1x500GB HDD, 1x40Gbps QSFP+ NIC, 2x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 1x1Gpbs NIC (RJ45, IPMI interface).

ENEA’s demo in ARM booth was showing a simple NFV application running on our operational ARMv8 Pharos lab infrastructure. The application demonstrates a simple NFV service chain integrating a DPI (deep packet inspection) VNF engine provided by QOSMOS (see more: http://www.qosmos.com).

Cavium ThunderX 64bit 48-core ARM Server enabling the 5G mobile future, next gen cloud/datacenter and NFV

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2016

Cavium’s ThunderX 48-core ARMv8 64bit SoC is being implemented in dozens of ARM Server designs, by partners as Pegatron, Asus, Mitac, Gigabyte, Wiwynn, Acer and even for for super computing by E4 and Cray. Cavium and their software partners have optimized their ARM Server platform for variety of workloads, including NFV (Network Function Virtualization), Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) for Virtualizing the access network, moving all the physical base stations to the cloud, which will save the industry a lot of money, hyperscale datacenter, web hosting like RunAbove (a subsidiary of OVH) at https://www.runabove.com/armcloud.xml, Ceph storage clusters. This can only be done using ARM and Cavium ThunderX SoC processors, providing a much better TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and efficient alternative to Intel x86. Cavium and partners, as Linaro and the open source community also are showing progress in the OPNFV, OpenStack, ODP (Open Data Plane), DPDK, fd.io, etc. for the networking and telecom industry.

ARM Cortex-R8

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2016

ARM announces ARM Cortex-R8, twice the performance of ARM Cortex-R7. This means we are going to get faster modems for 5G, faster hard drives and many other things that require a faster realtime processor. You can read more about ARM Cortex-R8 here: https://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-r/cortex-r8-processor.php

Rockchip RKi6000 Ultra Low Power WiFi

Posted by Gennie – February 18, 2016

Rockchip RKi6000 (previously filmed here) offers an Ultra-low Power Consumption WiFi solution, even lower power than Bluetooth. Rockchip promotes it as their ideal solution for low power wearble devices that remain always connected on-line without always waking up the main SoC. As well as for tablet, phone, laptop and IoT.

ASUS HG100, RK3066 Smart Home Gateway via Zigbee,WiFi, Bluetooth

Posted by Gennie – February 18, 2016

ASUS HG100 is a Smart Home Gateway powered by Rockchip RK3066. It can can coordinate multiple devices and sensors via ZigBee, WiFi and Bluetooth like smart locks, temperature and humidity control, smart door and window sensors switches, intelligent power sockets and more. It is also a home multimedia center with HDMI 2.0 and 4K H.265 decode.

ODP on Freescale QorlQ LS1043A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53: ODP Crypto API protocol offload

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2016

Demonstrate ODP IPSec ESP protocol offload advantages over standard algorithm-oriented crypto API. Core utilization is measured for a given traffic load using standard odp_ipsec application and an ESP offload enhanced version of the same application (odp_ipsec_proto_ Benefits of significant core utilization decrease and simpler application code are demonstrated.

ODP-OVS on Cavium ThunderX 48-core ARM Server

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2016

Functional demonstration of ODP-OpenvSwitch (ODP-OVS) running on ThunderX. ODP-OVS to process the upd pkt in loopback way on 10G port. Pkt generator pumps 10G traffic to ODP-OVS port. ODP-OVS receives pkts, validates pkt hash from ovs flow_table and then loopback to same port at 10G line rate.