Monday, November 2, 2009

EANTC and Ixia Verify Juniper's MX Series 3D Routers

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), which was commissioned by Juniper Networks to validate the performance, services scale, and power efficiency of the new 16-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (16x10GbE) MPC line card and Juniper Networks MX80 3D Universal Edge Router, stated that it has verified that the Junos Trio-based MX 3D routers delivered the performance and scalability claimed by Juniper:

  • Density and scale: 1.44 Tbps (unidirectional) throughput at one billion packets per second in 1/6 rack; 240 Gbps (unidirectional) IPv4 and IPv6 forwarding on a single line card

  • Unicast routing performance: 2.4 million IPv4 and 2.4 million IPv6 active prefixes; 60,000 multicast groups and 660,000 multicast receivers on a single line card

  • Service scale: 6,000 Layer 3 VPNs and 6,000 VPLS instances

  • Power consumption testing per ATIS standards, showing 25.3 watts per 10GbE port at wire speed (2,433 watts for a fully loaded MX480 3D chassis)

Ixia Ixnetwork equipment was used to conduct the tests in Sunnyvale, Calif. in September 2009. Specifically, Ixia's XM12 chassis, 96 IxYukon 10Gig ports, and IxNetwork version 5.40 were used in the test. Ixia's technology experts partnered with EANTC to plan and implement the test process. The test equipment measured the MX 3D's ability to deliver the high-bandwidth services demanded by next-generation networks by generating peak traffic volumes.

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