By 2015, the number of networked devices is predicted to be double the world’s population. As consumer expectations of immediate access to the Internet from a variety of devices grow, Intel is working with global communications and telecom industries to enable opportunities and address the challenges created by the network of the future.
Intel’s next-generation communications platform is specifically designed for workload consolidation and is capable of performing applications, control plane, and data plane concurrently, with very high throughput.
The platform integrates Intel® QuickAssist Technology, a set of software and hardware modules that accelerate bulk encryption, data compression, and other workloads. The acceleration features are accessed via a unified set of industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs), which provides consistent conventions and semantics across multiple accelerator implementations and future-proofs software investments.
The platform’s impressive packet processing is mainly due to the performance-optimized libraries available in the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), which speeds up packet processing on Intel processors and increases throughput.
The next-generation communications platform is scheduled to be available later in 2012.
Infographic: future growth of networked devices
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"Government invests in infrastructure everyday—roads, bridges, and airports. But are we investing enough in our network infrastructure? Will the ‘pipes’ be large enough to handle the traffic? Will our connections be secure? How will the cloud and big data tax the network?At Intel we are working with service providers worldwide to utilize technology to address these challenges and the future network."
—Intel Intelligent Systems Group
Next generation communications platform, codename Crystal Forest
Enabling context-aware, securely managed embedded and communications devices