Sunday, May 11, 2008

Procera Releases 80 Gbps DPI Platform

Procera Networks introduced its PacketLogic PL10000, a high-performance DPI platform offering up to 80Gbps of throughput and purpose-built for deployments either at the core or edge of Tier-1 broadband networks. Procera, which also offers a range of smaller DPI platforms, is targeting a new type of "evolved DPI" capable of enhancing application awareness with service control capabilities.

The PacketLogic PL10000, which leverages an ATCA chassis and multi-core processors from RMI, offers four times the capacity of its nearest competitor enabling it to scale for millions of broadband subscribers. It also features Procera's own DRDL (Datastream Recognition Definition Language) traffic identification engine that provides increased accuracy for traffic shaping, filtering and statistics.

The PacketLogic PL10000 comes in two chassis sizes; a five-slot, 5U chassis and a 12U, 14-slot chassis. There are four line card types: System Management (SM) module � for systems administration like the user interface, I/O line card (IO) � 8 SFP+ interfaces for GbE/10GbE line-rate packet processing, Flow Processing (FP) module featuring� more than 5Gbps Full Duplex per module, and Load Balancer (LB) module for splitting traffic internally between processors and FP modules. The largest configuration (12) could support up to 5 10Gig channels with up to 5 million users and 48 million flows.

The platform is now shipping with version 12 of PacketLogic¹s firmware. The new features in this release address scalability and viable support
of asymmetric traffic:

  • Flow Synchronization --� Enables the exchange of flow information across multiple PacketLogic systems with minimum overhead traffic. This enables bi-directional identification, even with asymmetric traffic, which increases the number of identification criteria and thereby the accuracy. Procera says its Flow Sync generates very low administrative traffic (2 to 6 percent) compared with other architectures (25 to 50 percent).

  • Queue Synchronization --� Synchronize queues, meaning shaping rules, over several PacketLogic systems, which enables multiple PacketLogic systems to share shaping rules and enforce them over the entire network. This is critical for large Tier-1 networks that need to incorporate many systems to serve millions of subscribers.

  • New Statistics Engine �-- This new engine is hierarchical and aggregates data in several tiers to deliver an instant response, another key requirement in order to identify and resolve issues immediately. If, for example, anomalies are detected, an administrator can dive down to visit the specific traffic details, thus providing scale for millions of subscribers over multiple systems.

The PacketLogic PL10000 already has four service provider customers, including Com Hem, Scandinavia's largest cable operator.

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