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PT new products eliminate packet processing bottlenecks

Posted: 29 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:performance technologies? pt? accelerator? flextunnel module? ptmc module?

Performance Technologies (PT), a developer of integrated platforms, components and software solutions, has introduced the two newest elements in its line of specialized products designed to eliminate packet processing bottlenecks and allow OEMs to handle new IP networking tasks at wire-speed.

According to the company, the new "Accelerator" products enable OEMS to instill products with advanced networking features emerging as key elements in deploying leading-edge solutions.

The FlexTunnel module acts as a gateway for each element in a distributed system, allowing a number of remote, private networks to be connected via private IP "tunnels." This device is touted to be the first and only hardware-based embedded tunneling solution on the market. By offloading tunneling tasks from the switch processor, the FlexTunnel module can maintain superior chassis-to-chassis connections as well as better intra-chassis throughput. Additionally, this PTMC module can be directly attached to several members of PT's Ethernet switch family, including the CPC4416 and CPC5400 Embedded Ethernet Switches. By combining wire-speed switching and tunnel routing functions in a single slot, this solution saves chassis space, while enhancing system security, manageability, resiliency and extensibility.

The second product that was announced by PT is the PMC8300 Packet Processing Engine, which allows more efficient processing on host single board computers by offloading packet processing tasks unto a specialized hardware PMC mezzanine for storage, encryption and general Ethernet-based communications requirements.

The PMC8300 is the first solution to offer an integrated transport and storage offload engine coupled with increasingly important security protocols such as IPsec, PT said. This device removes the burden of processing tasks such as TCP/IP, iSCSI storage interfacing, encryption and authentication from the host CPU, which can exceed 80 percent of the host's utilization. By offloading these tasks, the host is free to perform application processing with increased CPU cycles, thus improving system density. In addition, the PMC8300 offers an option for creating highly reliable, highly available, secure and managed IP storage for a fraction of the cost and space of traditional storage area network (SAN) approaches.

Performance improvements

Commenting on the two new devices, Jim Medeiros, VP of marketing, said, "These products implement a consistent approach to removing packet processing bottlenecks, which will result in improved performance in existing embedded systems with scalability to support future requirements."

The FlexTunnel module will generally be available in November 2004, with pricing starting at $3,995. General availability for the PMC8300 is December 2004. List price is $1,900 with initial support for iSCSI and follow on support for additional protocols in 1H 2005.

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