Monday, April 6, 2015

Juniper Debuts Accelerated 40GbE Switch with Xeon and FPGA for Programmability

Juniper Networks introduced an application acceleration switch and a new packet flow accelerator module designed to deliver lower latency for financial networks.

The new QFX5100-AA application acceleration switch and QFX-PFA packet flow accelerator module, which build on Juniper's QFX product family, leverage Maxeler Technologies’ customizable software logic to significantly accelerate business-critical applications in latency-sensitive computing environments.

The new QFX5100-AA switch combines the Intel Xeon processor E3-1125C v2 with Broadcom switching silicon, and the QFX-PFA module based on the Altera multi-100G field-programmable gate array (FPGA). It is configured with 24 ports of 40GbE with 2 expansion slots for 4x40, or one double wide slot for the FPGA-based module. Customers can use Java to program the module for compute-intensive applications. Integration with Junos Space Network Director ensures automated and simple data center management from a single point of control.

“The possibilities of compute-integrated networking are transformative across a broad variety of financial services, including equities and commodities exchanges, market data providers, high-frequency trading, and credit processing. We see great potential in other sectors for this technology, including energy, research, education and large enterprises. With the introduction of Juniper Networks QFX5100-AA and QFX-PFA, we are delivering new computing capabilities within the data center network to ensure that our customers can make the most informed split-second investment decisions,” stated Andrew Bach, chief architect for Financial Services Team, Juniper Networks.

“Juniper Networks’ new switch, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E3-1125C v2, provides the performance and added intelligence needed to improve the ease of application integration. This solution, which embeds applications directly into the switch and utilizes the power of distributed computing, allows customers to take advantage of greatly improved performance,” said Sandra Rivera, vice president & general manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel