Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances Triple Play Architecture with Intelligence, Control, Lots of Queues

Alcatel-Lucent has enhanced its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) with more capacity, better control and higher scalability for mass-market multimedia services. New capabilities are aimed at providing distributed, fine-grain policy enforcement with centralized policy control to deliver multiple services to subscribers, including managed services such as IPTV and voice as well as unmanaged services such as High Speed Internet (HSI). The goal is to enable per-subscriber, per-service and per-application control in the network for millions of users. The new capabilities being announced promise massive queue scaling -- the equivalent of 19.2M queues per rack! (20k subscribers with 8 queues each per HS-MDA).


With its recent announcement of terabit performance upgrades for the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and 7750 Service Router, Alcatel-Lucent is extending TPSDA by supporting 2.5 times the capacity in the same footprint without any change to the existing common control modules.


In addition, an expanded portfolio of managed on-line broadband content services can be enabled by fine-grain application assurance, based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology and fully integrated within the TPSDA subscriber management system.


Finally, targeted software enhancements, including support for PPPoE termination, provide a smooth, staged migration of legacy HSI services and revenue onto a carrier's strategic triple play consumer broadband network, thereby enabling operators to cap investment in their legacy Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS).


The hardware and software enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Portfolio include:

  • IOM3-XP, which provides a 2.5 increase in capacity and density


  • Application Assurance-Integrated Services Adaptor (AA-ISA), which enables fine-grain application policy enforcement with per-subscriber resolution


  • High-Scale Media Dependent Adaptor (HS-MDA), which sets a new industry benchmark in granular queuing and traffic management -- the equivalent of 19.2 million queues per telecom rack, enabling specific policy and control for each service delivered to a subscriber. More granular queuing enables more fine-grain service control to ensure each service is delivered with the appropriate Quality of Experience (QoE) and uses network resources in the most efficient manner


  • Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) tunnel termination, which facilitates the smooth migration of legacy HSI transport networks and their present mode of operation to next-generation TPSDA networks


  • 5670 Reporting and Analysis Manager (RAM), which provides extensive tools and capabilities to warehouse, aggregate and process detailed, application-level statistics per-subscriber.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/ipnews
  • In March 2008, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled extensive enhancements to its IP service routing portfolio that leverage a new high-performance chipset for packet processing and traffic management. The new silicon boosts performance of the company's 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) to terabit performance levels, enabling more speed for mass-market video-based services and applications; more services, including secure IPSec VPNs, Ethernet VPNs and MPLS-based IP VPNs; and more availability, including support for non-stop routing, non-stop services and In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU).


    Alcatel-Lucent said its new custom FP2 chipset, which took three years to develop, is capable of sophisticated and optimized network processing and traffic management at speeds up to 100 Gbps. The upgrades to the current products include more than double the density of Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as supporting up to 10 times the number of services per router. The FP2 chipset also provides a path to 100 Gigabit Ethernet. It also enables densities of up to 1,200 Gigabit Ethernet ports per rack, while delivering sophisticated services to each port at line rate.


    The following enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS service router portfolio will be available in Q3 2008:


    Next Generation Silicon


    • the 100 Gbps FP2 chipset integrates 112 array cores for 95,000 MIPs performance and is implemented in 90nm process technology. The silicon was developed in house.


    7750 Service Router Platform


    • Up to 1 Tb/s capacity

    • 50Gb/s (full-duplex) Input/Output Module3-XP (IOM3-XP)

    • 20-port Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (SFP-Fiber)

    • 20-Port 10/100/1000 Ethernet MDA-XP (Copper)

    • 2-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

    • 4-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

    • Application Assurance Integrated Services Adaptor (AA-ISA) with DPI technology

    • IPSec Integrated Services Adaptor (IPSec-ISA)



    7450 Ethernet Service Switch Platform


    • Up to 1 Tb/s capacity

    • 50Gb/s (full-duplex) IOM3-XP

    • 20-port Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (SFP-Fiber)

    • 20-Port 10/100/1000 Ethernet MDA-XP (Copper)

    • 2-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

    • 4-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

    • Application Assurance Integrated Services Adaptor (AA-ISA) with DPI technology


    Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has shipped more than 20,000 IP/MPLS systems since 2004.

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