Packet Processing Enables More Workload Consolidation: Solution Brief
With Intel® processors, it’s possible to transition from using discrete architectures per major workload (application, control plane, packet and signal processing) to a single architecture that consolidates the workloads into a more scalable and simplified solution. This software-based approach, depicted in Figure 1, yields further benefits with Intel’s 4:1 workload consolidation strategy. The hardware platform – based on general-purpose server technology – has been optimized using the best practices of the communications industry to ensure system robustness with core, memory and I/O scalability and performance improvements, to meet network operator’s low to high-end system requirements.
This framework is made possible by the high performance level of Intel processors plus the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), which greatly boosts packet processing performance and throughput, allowing more time for data plane applications. As a result, telecom and network equipment manufacturers (TEMs/NEMs) can take advantage of lower development costs, fewer tools and support teams, and faster time-to-market with a solution benefiting from the economies of scale of the server industry. Such a notable level of consolidation is achievable through industry-leading performance, I/O throughput and performance per watt density – all on a standards-based platform. Solution providers listed in this paper are ready to help equipment architects jumpstart their next designs.
This approach also reinforces the synergies resulting from the convergence of telecom and data networks by blending the best of communications and computing competencies. What do both industries bring to the party in terms of technology and capability?
The communications industry excels in hardware density, high speed pipes, low latency transmission, robustness, exceptional quality of service (QoS), determinism and real-time I/O switching. On the computing side, there are standards-based technologies that enable dynamic resource sharing, workload migration, security, open APIs, developer communities, virtualization, and power management.
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