Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sensory Pushes Pattern Matching to 50 Gbps on new Intel XEON

Sensory Networks announced that is "HyperScan" pattern matching engine has set a new industry benchmark for software-only performance by delivering up to 50Gbps of L3 -- L7 pattern matching using complete security signature sets from industry leading vendors.

A wide variety of applications, such as Intrusion detection/prevention, Firewall, Deep Packet Inspection, Unified Threat Management and Traffic management, uses pattern matching technology. Sensory's HyperScan is a portable software library with several specialized content inspection scanning engines. Each engine is unique and tailored for different tasks to deliver optimal content scanning performance for particular parts of signatures, expressions and applications. Also, a compilation stage partitions, optimizes and transforms the existing signature database for use in multiple engines simultaneously; this allows performance to scale while consuming only a small memory footprint. The software engine is written in C++ and operates with a variety of operating systems.

"Our HyperScan is optimized for delivering performance across the Intel architecture, scaling from the Intel Atom processor up to the latest multi-core Intel Xeon processors." said Sab Gosal, CEO for Sensory Networks. "The algorithms implemented in HyperScan go far beyond the DFA and NFA implementations typically used in the industry for pattern matching, avoiding the state-blowout and performance problems each suffer. Using these advanced algorithms couple with an intimate knowledge of CPU architectures, HyperScan delivers throughput performance that in not only scalable, but also solves our customer's performance bottlenecks".