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Broadcom simplifies NFV, SDN deployment with multi-core processors

01 Apr 2014

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Broadcom Corporation expanded its XLPII multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80Gbit/s performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to four times the per-core performance of competing processors.

The XLP500 Series delivers the processing performance and agility needed to simplify network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) deployment. Performance is achieved with a quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution. Support for Broadcom's Open NFV platform and seamless interoperability with Broadcom's StrataXGS Switch Series streamlines the development process, optimises power requirements, reduces hardware costs and improves time-to-market.

"Rapid growth in network traffic has expedited the adoption of SDN and NFV by carriers in order to cost-effectively overlay control and compute power onto their existing infrastructure," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group and editor-in-chief of the Microprocessor Report. "The combination of four-issue superscalar execution and four-way multi-threading is unique among embedded processors and the XLP500 Series raises the bar for embedded processors that are optimised for communications."

"In order to facilitate a successful industry-wide NFV rollout, HP's OpenNFV program requires an open platform to easily migrate virtual functions across systems and a new class of processors that can improve packet processing, help reduce hardware costs, simplify applications and improve time-to-market," said Vinay Saxena, chief architect, NFV, Hewlett Packard.

Complementing Broadcom's XLP200 and XLP900 Series, the XLP500 Series provides customers with more choices within the XLPII family of products, enabling the deployment of a wide range of products, including high-end SDN control plane applications, leveraging a single common software platform.




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