Monday, July 27, 2015

Broadcom Debuts Cloud-optimized 25/50G Ethernet Controllers

Broadcom has begun sampling its new NetXtreme C-Series 10G/25G/40G/50G Ethernet controller product family designed for supporting greater virtual machine density in cloud data centers.

The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series Ethernet controllers offer bidirectional 50G throughput with 30 Mpps performance and integrated flow processing capabilities from the server to the top-of-rack switch They complete Broadcom's end-to-end 25/50G data center solution, which also includes the newly introduced StrataXGS Tomahawk Ethernet switch

Broadcom said its integrated "TruFlow" flow processing can double network throughput and provide up to a 50 percent increase in application performance compared to a software-only solution. The BCM57300 provides hardware-based, congestion notification responses that are 5,000x faster than traditional software-based approaches. When combined with StrataXGS switches, the notification enable data centers to avoid network congestion before it happens.

Key features of Broadcom's NetXtreme C-Series Controllers:

  • vSwitch Acceleration: TruFlow moves virtual switching functionality from the host CPU into the Broadcom C-Series Controller, increasing available CPU cycles for application processing
  • Flow Scalability: TruFlow distributes flow processing into the server endpoints
  • Software Defined Networking:  TruFlow implements the fundamental SDN protocol constructs of classification/match/action processing in hardware, including the latest OpenFlow standard. Distributing SDN protocols into the BCM57300 enables cloud operators to reap the benefits of SDN in their data centers with a flexible, scalable and dynamic network.
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  • Low chip latency: 1.5-┬Ás round trip
  • Dual-Port 10/25G and single-port 40/50G
  • Industry's smallest (14x14 mm) 25/50G Controller package
  • Integrated base management controller (BMC)

"NetXtreme C-Series raises the bar for Ethernet controllers and enables a cost-effective path from 10G to 25G," said Rajiv Ramaswami, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group. "Pushing the 25/50G Ethernet specification, which Broadcom defined and co-founded as an industry standard, to the server endpoint solidifies Broadcom's end-to-end offering."

Broadcom will be supplyting offers two families of standard adapter cards based on its BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series of Ethernet controllers: PCIe NIC and OCP Mezzanine.

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s923886


In April 2015, Broadcom began sampling the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switching silicon, which has been optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers.  The new silicon offers 1.28 terabit per second (Tbps) switching performance, 30 percent lower power and double the performance for data center virtualization overlays, such as VXLAN.

The 28 nanometer (nm) Trident-II+ Series, which provides a drop-in power and efficiency improvement over the previous version, brings a number of features for network virtualization, including single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in all network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays.

As a complement to Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ Series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

In September 2014, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE.

The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. 

The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. This supports an extensive suite of user configurable functions for flow processing, security, network virtualization, measurement/monitoring, congestion management and traffic engineering.

In May 015, Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares. -- an implied value for the total transaction of $37 billion.  The merger will create the third largest global semiconductor company with strong presence in wired infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, ASICs, PHYs, Ethernet switching silicon and set-top box silicon.  It will have combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and $77 billion in enterprise value.

Chuck Robbins Takes Reins at Cisco

Chuck Robbins has officially taken over as CEO of Cisco, replacing John Chambers who held the position since January 1995.  July 26th marked the end of Cisco's fiscal year.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and most recently served as Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business for the company.

Cisco also announced the appointments of Zorawar Biri Singh as Chief Technology Officer and Kevin Bandy as Cisco’s first Chief Digital Officer.

Most recently, Biri Singh was a venture partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on enterprise IT software, predictive data analytics, cloud platforms and infrastructure investments. Previously, he was senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) cloud business, where he oversaw the company’s global cloud portfolio and open source efforts. Prior to HP, Biri led corporate strategy and portfolio solutions as vice president of cloud computing at IBM and served as a member of the executive team that launched IBM’s cloud business unit in 2010.


Kevin Bandy previously was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation at Salesforce.com, where he was responsible for growth and market expansion by making Salesforce.com the foundation on which companies reengineer their front office operations. Prior to joining Salesforce.com Bandy was the principle of Rhea Springs LLC, a strategy consultancy firm founded to work in a personal advisory manner with Fortune 500 senior leadership.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-executive-news

Research Foundation of the State University of New York to Host National Photonics Lab

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) has been chosen to lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to advance U.S. leadership in the manufacturing integrated photonics.

Specifically, the Department of Defense is awarding the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics to a consortium of 124 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by RF SUNY. With a total investment of over $610 million—$110 million in federal funds, and more than $500 million in non-federal contributions—the  announcement marks the largest public-private commitment to date for a  manufacturing institute launched in the United States.  The new institute will be based in Rochester, New York -- the long term home of Eastman Kodak.  It mission iss to focus on cutting-edge research in integrated photonics — using multiple units of light, on a single platform, to improve the performance and reliability of telecommunications, radar, lasers, and other technologies.

The new photonics institute is the sixth of nine announced as part of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI).

http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-and-vice-president-biden-announce-new-york-state-lead-prestigious-national

Ericsson and SK Telecom Collaborate on 5G Network Core Slicing

Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.  The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.

The companies are building a test bed using Ericsson’s HDS 8000 Hyperscale Datacenter System and its Regional Cloud Lab,which is distributed across four sites in North East Asia including Anyang in South Korea, Beijing and Shanghai in China, and Tokyo in Japan.

“Virtual network architecture, including network slicing, is critical to supporting new services in the era of 5G. We will build an optimal network for a wide array of services from the overall end-to-end standpoint, and pioneer the evolution of innovative networks,” says Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer at SK Telecom.

“Network slicing, based on virtual evolved packet core, is an important part of the technology evolution of 5G, supporting operators with a new, broader set of services. It is important that we work together in the industry on this journey”, says Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

euNetworks deploys Ciena’s 200G for Cloud Customer in UK

euNetworks has deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with the new WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optics to deliver 100GE bandwidth services to customers.

The installation uses 200G per 50GHz DWDM channels, covering diverse paths between Slough, to the West of London, through to London Docklands in the East.  The companies said a  cloud customer is now using the network to put into production 1.2 Tbps of 100GE services, bringing the cloud customer's total lit capacity across the euNetworks footprint to in excess of 6 Tbps and available capacity to around 40 Tbps.

euNetworks has been working closely with its customer base of high bandwidth users and has developed a solution named euSpectrum to cater to their specific needs. euSpectrum delivers DWDM channels on euNetworks’ Pan European DWDM backbone, and provides customers, such as cloud providers, with the option to take large chunks of capacity between cities – effectively building a multi-Terabit backbone. With 13 owned and operated fibre based metropolitan networks, euNetworks can extend this solution to over 260 data centres utilising this city based footprint.

“Our euSpectrum bandwidth solution and position as the leading data centre connectivity provider in Europe offers a unique and highly scalable networking solution to our customers,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “We are working with some of the world’s biggest consumers of bandwidth, shaping our network for their growing needs. The nature of our business is such that our network designs are driven exclusively by the needs of our customers. We believe we are one of the leading European providers in the 100G bandwidth market today and with this important milestone of adding 200G capability to the network, we continue to offer our customers the next step in high bandwidth network scalability.”

http://www.eunetworks.com
http://www.ciena.com

Huawei and DOCOMO Demo LTE LAA and Wi-Fi Co-existence

Huawei and NTT DOCOMO performed a live demonstration of the co-channel coexistence between Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) and Wi-Fi systems.

The demo, which occurred at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2015 held at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, showed LAA operating on a 5GHz unlicensed band.

Huawei said results indicated that with the assistance of a key co-existing technology named Listen-Before-Talk (LBT), LAA is able to co-exist adequately with a neighboring Wi-Fi system, while maintaining most of the performance advantages of LTE.

http://www.huawei.com


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