Intel has announced its intentions to make its mark at the top-end of the networking infrastructure market with the Crystal Forest platform.
Intel reckons that with cloud and mobile services throwing ever more data into the ether, there is an increasing pressure on equipment manufacturers and service providers to manage traffic more simply and efficiently. With countless mobile devices being switched on every day, this is adding to the deluge of content being bandied around the internet.
And, not surprisingly, Intel believes that it has the answer to this growing problem of handling huge chunks of data – in its sparkling new Crystal Forest communications platform.
At the moment, Intel says it is necessary for equipment manufacturers to stick together a multitude of processors using different software programming models in a scalable network. With Crystal Forest, however, it seeks to tidy this all up with by putting the workloads of application, control and packet processing onto multi-core Intel architecture.
By doing this, Intel says data can be processed at speeds that top that of ASICs and specialised processors which typically hit around 100 million packets per second.
Comparitively, Intel reckons it can push out 160 million packets per second for Layer 3 packet forwarding that could manage thousands of hours of HD video across each network node. All of which means Intel is looking for high-end network service providers.
By creating a more unified approach, service providers should be able to save a bit of cash by relying less on a number of complex platforms, which Intel says should make keeping a network much easier.
The platform will use QuickAssist technology based on its normal range of processors for processing deep packet inspection, compression and cryptography. With this, it is expected that net transactions can fly at up to 100Gbps, making it a nice fit for any 4G internet providers.
Intel says that it will also allow for ‘always on’ secure connections, rather than opt-in equivalents normally used for something like financials transactions, with Intel keen to focus on tight security for the platform.