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
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 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 (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 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.
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.
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.
Running virtualization on the 16 or 32-core ARM Cortex-A57 Hisilicon D02 board.
Developed new ODP features to achieve high performance, optimize the memory management, uio dev management framework, support crypto accelerator dev, pmd driver.
Mentor Graphics announced end to end IoT system developer kit with software and hardware reference design. The reference design can be customized to meet specific gateway requirements for various business applications. The gateway platform includes data collection, storage with different connectivity options like Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and USB. The gateway uses Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 processor.