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WindRiver's packet technology ups network performance

Posted: 21 Feb 2013  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:packet acceleration  traffic analysis  intelligent network 

Wind River has introduced patent-pending packet acceleration technology and added a data plane software engine for network traffic flow analysis to its Intelligent Network Platform for 4G/LTE wireless applications and firewalls.

Wind River Intelligent Socket Layer, a new packet acceleration technology added to the Wind River Application Acceleration Engine, assists in scenarios such as the handling of heavy network traffic or transactions on a massive scale by providing an immediate and dramatic performance boost without additional engineering effort. This patent-pending technology allows traffic to be steered to a faster path without having to modify or port existing applications. Compared to the native Linux network stack, the Intelligent Socket Layer is said to instantly deliver up to a 300 per cent improvement in throughput for User Datagram Protocol applications.

The Flow Analysis Engine is a set of software libraries and tools that enable deep visibility into Layers 4 – 7 traffic flows, including real-time packet classification and protocol and application identification. By categorising traffic into different flows, customers can identify and better understand the delivery of metadata such as the type of file downloaded or whether the data is email or text. Companies can use this visibility to deliver application-level insight into their solutions to better manage bandwidth or accelerate traffic or even guard against malicious data.

The addition of the Flow Analysis Engine joins the existing Application Acceleration Engine and Content Inspection Engine to create a high performance and fully integrated deep packet inspection solution. The Intelligent Network Platform is optimised for Intel architecture processors, including the latest Intel Platform for Communications Infrastructure, and is integrated with the Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK).

"Given the on-going growth of traffic, the industry is hungry for networking equipment that delivers even greater performance, scalability, and intelligence. With stronger network visibility and intelligence, customers can deliver high quality of service by better analysing and managing traffic, as well as introduce new services," said Paul Senyshyn, senior director of communication platforms at Wind River. "With our latest software engine and acceleration technology breakthroughs, Wind River continues to address evolving market challenges and help customers build intelligent networks for today and for the future."

"This is certainly a major step in delivering a comprehensive and yet high performance packet processing solution as new use cases for deep packet inspection gain stronger footing in the network domain," says Keate Despain, vice president and general manager for Platforms Group at Radisys. "By integrating Wind River Intelligent Network Platform with Radisys' suite of network appliance platforms and solutions, we are able to significantly reduce time-to-market and risk for our telecommunications customers, while delivering market leading network intelligence solutions."

Launched in 2012, Wind River Intelligent Network Platform is comprised of software that manages a consolidated control and data plane system, and software engines that provide capabilities such as fast packet acceleration and deep packet inspection. Configured with Wind River Linux and a comprehensive suite of development tools, the software platform can also support different combinations of the components, including alternative Linux distributions.





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