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Cavium rolls multicore storage services processors

Posted: 15 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore storage services processor? RAID hardware acceleration? Ethernet?

Cavium Networks has introduced the Octeon MIPS64 multicore storage services processor (SSP) family of products, which integrate 2-12 MIPS64 cores, storage and network interfaces, RAID hardware acceleration and RAS features.

According to Cavium, the Octeon SSP delivers two to four times higher compute cycles vs. many alternatives and integrates advanced hardware acceleration for RAID, compression, de-duplication, security and iSCSI. Octeon SSP enables storage equipment vendors to build low to high-end scalable storage solutions providing up to 3 million on-chip virtual IOPS, 10Gbps of iSCSI, 1GBps of compression/decompression, up to 2GB/s of in-line encryption in a single chip and up to 10GBps of RAID acceleration.

The Octeon SSP processor family consists of seven different software-compatible products from 2 to 12 cnMIPS Plus cores providing up to 12GHz of 64bit compute processing and 2Mbyte of on-chip L2 Cache. Additionally, Octeon SSP processors incorporate advanced storage acceleration for RAID5 and RAID6, TCP, data de-duplication and compression/decompression.

The Octeon SSP Processor family integrates required interfaces for networking and disk connectivity with up to two XAUIs, up to 16x PCIe lanes with two controllers, up to 8x SGMII GbE ports and memory I/Os with dual 72bit DDR2 controllers.

Octeon SSP processors are also available with integrated cryptographic offload including AES-GCM, XTS-AES with flexibility to support evolving Storage encryption standards. Octeon SSP also includes innovative and flexible data protection and memory backup features to enable enterprise class reliability, availability and serviceability.

The Octeon SSP CN57XX and CN55XX are targeted for applications such as Fiber Channel and Ethernet Disk Arrays, RAID controllers, Multi-protocol switches, single-chip iSCSI adaptors, virtualization equipment, Protection and NAS/SAN equipment by several leading Storage vendors

Cavium Networks provides a software development kit with 12-way SMP Linux 2.6, GNU Toolchain, Debugger tools, RAID acceleration APIs and production ready software toolkits for a range of storage protocols.

The Octeon Development Kit using Simulator, tool-chain, reference applications and Storage software stacks are available now to partner companies. Octeon CN57XX family processors with 6 to 12-core versions and evaluation boards will be available in Q3 and CN55XX family processors with 2 to 6-core versions and evaluation boards will be available in Q4.

Pricing ranges from $59 to $575 in 10,000-unit quantities.

- Ismini Scouras

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