Continuous Computing Announces Internet Offload Reference Platform Using Latest Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Series
Traffic Offload Capability Leverages Recently Upgraded FlexTCA 40G Platforms; Tight Software Integration Yields Higher Performance and Faster Time-to-Market
SAN DIEGO – March 16, 2010 – Continuous Computing, the global provider of integrated platform solutions that address the mobile broadband capacity challenge, today announced the availability of an innovative Internet Offload reference platform that leverages the superior capabilities of its recently upgraded FlexTCA 40G platforms. The complete solution includes an AdvancedTCA platform including a new high-performance Intel Xeon processor 5600 series-based single board computer (SBC), Trillium protocol software and core reference application functions to create radio access network (RAN) and core-based Internet Offload equipment. With this offering, Continuous Computing demonstrates how its industry-leading wireless and packet processing expertise can help a wide variety of network equipment providers quickly and cost effectively address the data explosion on mobile networks.
The mobile core is overloaded due to the ever-increasing use of smartphones, 3G-enabled laptops and netbooks, and the exponential increase in the volume of video traffic on the network. Despite widespread industry agreement on the challenges, there has been no true consensus on how best to address them. One short-term approach is to build out more core network capacity, but this is prohibitively expensive and leaves the door open for the problem to return if left unmanaged. Another possibility is the use of traffic shaping on the Gi interface (GGSN Internet link) to solve part of the problem, but this approach creates additional issues due to high cost and unmanageable backhaul requirements.
Instead, Continuous Computing’s Internet Offload reference platform enables network equipment providers to supply immediate network relief by offloading high-bandwidth, non-revenue-generating traffic at the edge of the 3G or Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) mobile core prior to reaching the Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) network element. Continuous Computing’s solution is especially effective when used in combination with Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) on the Iu interface to help identify traffic for offload and prioritization – and Continuous Computing also provides FlexTCA platform solutions for that function as well.
Key features of Continuous Computing’s Internet Offload reference platform include:
- Carrier-class FlexTCA 40G and FlexTCA 10G integrated platforms, including
- Chassis, switch, forwarding and CPU blades; scalable from 10G to 100G capacity
- FlexCompute ATCA-XE80, a new Intel Xeon processor E5645-based SBC boasting two higher-performing 6-core 2.4GHz processors, 64GB memory and over 1TB of storage
- Robust classification and traffic identification reference application software
- Passive IuPS and related control plane / forwarding software that “sniffs” signaling messages prior to making hand-off decisions; ensures that network operation is not adversely affected
- Field-proven Trillium Diameter software interfaces to policy servers
- New switching configurations and capabilities that allow sessions to be re-established rapidly toward the Internet or SGSN as required
- Optimized Trillium Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) and Trillium Generic Tunneling Protocol (GTP) that enable the system to deliver maximum performance
“Internet offload is critical for helping manage the enormous amounts of data that is starting to crush 3G core networks today,” said Manish Singh, Vice President of Product Line Management at Continuous Computing. “Continuous Computing’s strength and differentiation is our ability to combine unmatched wireless software expertise with an application-ready ATCA platform for a pre-integrated solution that helps our customers deliver a much cheaper alternative to a core network build-out – and delivers a faster time-to-market and a higher return on investment.”
“The IntelXeon processor 5600 series is an excellent choice for high performance communications infrastructure applications,” said Frank Schapfel, Product Line Marketing Manager, Intel Performance Products Division. “With the enhanced processing power and improved energy efficiency of the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, it is possible to deliver even more performance on AdvancedTCA platforms than just one year ago.”
Continuous Computing’s FlexTCA-based Internet Offload reference platform is available now and lead customers are already trialing the solution and sampling the XE80 compute blade. Strong deployment candidates for the Internet Offload platform include new companies introducing new network devices, edge router vendors, core network vendors, radio network controller (RNC) vendors and policy server vendors.
About Continuous Computing
Continuous Computing® is the global source of integrated platform solutions that enable network equipment providers to overcome the mobile broadband capacity challenge quickly and cost effectively. Leveraging more than 20 years of telecom innovation, the company empowers customers to increase return on investment by focusing internal resources on differentiation for 3G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), Femtocell and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) applications. Expertise and responsiveness set the company apart: only Continuous Computing combines best-in-class ATCA platforms with world-famous Trillium® protocol software to create highly-optimized, field-proven wireless and packet processing network infrastructure. Continuous Computing’s investors include Cipio Partners, Intel Capital, Palomar Ventures, Saints Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures.
Radisys (NASDAQ: RSYS) is a leading provider of embedded wireless infrastructure solutions for telecom, aerospace, defense and public safety applications. Radisys’ market-leading ATCA, IP Media Server and COM Express platforms coupled with world-renowned Trillium software, services and market expertise enable customers to bring high-value products and services to market faster with lower investment and risk. Radisys solutions are used in a wide variety of 3G & 4G / LTE mobile network applications including: Radio Access Networks (RAN) solutions from femtocells to picocells and macrocells, wireless core network applications, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and policy management; conferencing and media services including voice, video and data, as well as customized mobile network applications that support the aerospace, defense and public safety markets.