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Equipment Vendors Rate Multicore Processors & Suppliers

出版商 Heavy Reading 商品編碼 318960
出版日期 內容資訊 英文 18 Pages
商品交期: 最快1-2個工作天內
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設備供應商的多核心處理器&供應商的評估 Equipment Vendors Rate Multicore Processors & Suppliers
出版日期: 2014年10月31日 內容資訊: 英文 18 Pages


第1章 簡介

第2章 性能與用途

  • 封包處理性能
  • 用途
  • FPGA&ASIC的利用

第3章 多核心處理器的利用

  • 整合多核心處理器
  • 網路處理器
  • 通用處理器
  • 通訊用處理器

第4章 多核心處理器供應商

第5章 整合型或分離型的功能性

  • 安全的高速化
  • 流量管理
  • 控制平面處理

第6章 未來的多核心處理器必要條件

  • 性能
  • 電力包裝
  • 介面
  • 整合
  • 供應商支援
  • 選擇標準

第7章 總論

Product Code: Vol. 10, No. 4

Rapidly growing data traffic is being driven by the increasing use of network intensive applications including Internet access, cloud services and video/TV on demand. The forecast published by Cisco in June 2014 shows global IP traffic growing by an average 21 percent per year to reach almost 1.6 zettabytes by 2018. To meet these requirements, service providers need networking systems with much greater packet processing capabilities and support for multiple 100Gbit/s interfaces.

Multicore processors are required for most high-performance networking systems, handling packet processing from less than 1 Gbit/s up to more than 100 Gbit/s. Telecom equipment manufacturers are already developing systems with network processors that can handle up to 400 Gbit/s. For lower-speed systems, equipment manufacturers can choose from a range of different solutions, including integrated multicore processors, network processors, general-purpose processors and communications processors.

Equipment Vendors Rate Multicore Processors & Suppliers analyzes the current and projected use of multicore processors by telecom and networking equipment manufacturers, based on the results of an exclusive worldwide survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel that work for telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The responses to our survey make it clear that these devices are critical components in most types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network.

The report charts the use of specific integrated multicore processors, network processors, general-purpose processors and communications processors and how respondents rate each supplier on the overall quality of their products. Respondents were also asked if they used field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for packet processing and what performance and features would be required for future multicore processors. The report includes information from previous surveys in 2006, 2010 and 2013, providing valuable trend data.

Key requirements for the next generation of multicore processors for networking applications will be further integration, performance increases and greater support for line speed data plane implementations using open source software. We will see more multicore processors with 100Gbit/s interfaces and enhanced accelerators. Application programming interfaces (APIs) for the networking data plane are a key building block for line speed open source software implementations. The OpenDataPlane project will support ARMv8 and other architecture multicore processors. The Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is also being supported by other multicore processors. These developments will make it much easier for equipment manufacturers to select multicore processors for specific systems and not be tied to particular processor suppliers or processor architectures.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:


This year we have seen significant changes in the use of integrated multicore processors. For the first time, the Cavium OCTEON II, OCTEON III and Freescale QorIQ P2-5 processors have scored ahead of the Broadcom XLR and XLP processors. This change is primarily caused by a huge drop in usage for the Broadcom XLP processors, from 42 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2014. There has been a smaller reduction in the use of the Cavium OCTEON II processors, from 39 percent in 2013 to 33 percent in 2014. The Freescale QorIQ P2-5 processor usage increased slightly, from 29 percent in 2013 to 33 percent in 2014. The following excerpt shows the percentage of respondents that said their company is using each of the main integrated multicore processors. Respondents could select more than one option.

Companies mentioned in this report include: Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NYSE: AMD); Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC); Avago Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO); Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM); Cavium Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: CAVM); Ezchip Technologies Ltd., a subsidiary of Ezchip Semiconductor Ltd. (Nasdaq: EZCH); Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE: FSL); Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC); Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL); Netronome Systems Inc.; PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS); and Tilera Corp.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Performance & Applications

  • Packet Processing Performance
  • Applications
  • Use of FPGAs & ASICs

III. Multicore Processor Usage

  • Integrated Multicore Processors
  • Network Processors
  • General-Purpose Processors
  • Communications Processors

IV. Multicore Processor Vendors

V. Integrated or Discrete Functionality

  • Security Acceleration
  • Traffic Management
  • Control Plane Processing

VI. Future Multicore Processor Requirements

  • Performance
  • Power Envelope
  • Interfaces
  • Integration
  • Vendor Support
  • Selection Criteria

VII. Conclusions

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