AMD Demonstrates First Network Function Virtualization Solution on 64-bit AMD and ARM Technology

—     The AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC (“Hiero­fal­con”), sam­pling to cus­to­mers, trans­forms telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons infra­st­ruc­tu­re with soft­ware part­ners


SANTA CLARA, Calif.  — ARM® Tech­Con — Oct. 01, 2014 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demons­tra­ted the first net­work func­tion vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on (NFV) solu­ti­on on AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based SoC and announ­ced that it is now sam­pling to AMD’s embed­ded cus­to­mers. The NFV demons­tra­ti­on is powe­red by a 64-bit ARM-based AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC, code­n­a­med “Hiero­fal­con,” sup­por­ted with tech­no­lo­gy from two key eco­sys­tem part­ners – Ari­cent for the net­wor­king soft­ware stack and Men­tor Gra­phics for embed­ded Linux® and tools. NFV is an inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­on that sim­pli­fies deploy­ment and manage­ment for net­work and telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons ser­vice pro­vi­ders with a ful­ly vir­tua­li­zed com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons infra­st­ruc­tu­re that hel­ps maxi­mi­ze per­for­mance, while working to redu­ce costs.

At ARM Tech­Con, AMD spe­ci­fi­cal­ly show­ca­sed the capa­bi­li­ties of an ARM-based NFV solu­ti­on, vir­tua­li­zing the func­tio­n­a­li­ty of a packet data net­work gate­way, ser­ving gate­way, and a mobi­li­ty manage­ment enti­ty. In addi­ti­on to vir­tua­li­zing hard­ware com­pon­ents, AMD show­ca­sed a live traf­fic migra­ti­on bet­ween the ARM-based AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC and the x86-based second genera­ti­on AMD R‑Series APU. AMD’s ARM-based NFV solu­ti­on will be espe­cial­ly valu­able for telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons net­work infra­st­ruc­tu­re pro­vi­ders inte­res­ted in a fle­xi­ble soft­ware-defi­ned net­wor­king (SDN) imple­men­ta­ti­on to mana­ge net­wor­king ser­vices with con­fi­gura­ble hard­ware to help redu­ce com­ple­xi­ty and cost. NFV is the abs­trac­tion of nume­rous net­work devices such as rou­ters and gate­ways, to enab­le relo­ca­ti­on of net­work func­tions from dedi­ca­ted hard­ware app­li­an­ces to gene­ric ser­vers. With NFV, much of the intel­li­gence cur­r­ent­ly built into pro­prie­ta­ry, spe­cia­li­zed hard­ware is accom­plis­hed with soft­ware run­ning on gene­ral pur­po­se hard­ware. The resul­ting solu­ti­on is a ful­ly vir­tua­li­zed com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons infra­st­ruc­tu­re – inclu­ding vir­tu­al ser­vers, sto­rage and net­works – that sim­pli­fies deploy­ment and manage­ment for net­work and telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons ser­vice pro­vi­ders. AMD is paving the way for both new and estab­lis­hed ser­vice pro­vi­ders to design and deploy eit­her x86 or ARM-based NFV infra­st­ruc­tu­re which meets their per­for­mance, cost and com­ple­xi­ty requirements.

NFV and SDN will revo­lu­tio­ni­ze the next genera­ti­on of net­works. Tog­e­ther, they add fle­xi­bi­li­ty, sca­la­bi­li­ty, intel­li­gence and reu­se to almost every aspect of the net­work,” said Adri­an Neal, Tech­no­lo­gy Lea­der, Voda­fone Group Ser­vices Ltd. “By lever­aging ARM and x86 archi­tec­tures and NFV, AMD is moving bey­ond just enab­ling enter­pri­se and data cen­ter solu­ti­ons, to the com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons back­bone whe­re ser­vice pro­vi­ders need cost reduc­tion  and incre­a­sed bandwidth.”

From the net­works to the data cen­ter, the telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons land­s­cape is rapidly chan­ging as an explo­si­on of devices and new methods of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on span­ning vide­os, images and data dri­ve the need for more effi­ci­ent net­wor­king infra­st­ruc­tu­re,” said Scott Aylor, cor­po­ra­te vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, AMD Embed­ded Solu­ti­ons. “Demons­tra­ted by our first NFV demo on a 64-bit ARM-based SoC, AMD is moving for­ward with new ARM and x86 solu­ti­ons that offer OEMS and telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons pro­vi­ders with inno­va­ti­ve ways to more cost-effec­tively design, deploy and mana­ge net­wor­king services.”

In col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with AMD and Ari­cent, we are enab­ling a fle­xi­ble, effi­ci­ent, open approach to addres­sing the needs of telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons sub­scri­bers and mee­ting per­for­mance requi­re­ments for rapidly-evol­ving infra­st­ruc­tu­re for deploy­ment by telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons ope­ra­tors,” said Char­le­ne Mari­ni, vice pre­si­dent of mar­ke­ting, embed­ded seg­ment, ARM. “The NFV solu­ti­on on AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based ‘Hiero­fal­con’ SoC deli­vers effi­ci­ent plat­forms to accom­mo­da­te the gro­wing deman­ds of sub­scri­bers and ope­ra­tors alike.”


About the AMD NFV Demonstration

AMD show­ca­sed their first 64-bit ARM-based pro­ces­sor run­ning vir­tua­li­zed Wire­less Evol­ved Packet Core (vEPC) app­li­ca­ti­ons. Through a spe­cial tech­no­lo­gy col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with eco­sys­tem part­ners ARM, Ari­cent, and Men­tor Gra­phics, AMD demons­tra­ted an embed­ded Linux®-based vir­tu­al NFV solu­ti­on that show­ed a mobi­le packet core net­work run­ning sub­scri­ber calls from simu­la­ted Evol­ved Node B (eNodeB) user equip­ment such as a cell pho­ne or tablet with Ser­ving Gate­way (SGW), Packet Data Net­work Gate­way (PGW), and Mobi­li­ty Manage­ment Enti­ty (MME) con­trol and data pla­ne func­tions hos­ted on the AMD Embed­ded R‑Series plat­form. The demo also inclu­ded a pro­to­ty­pe ver­si­on of the Men­tor Embed­ded Linux deve­lo­p­ment plat­form and Source­ry Code­Bench tools. As part of this solu­ti­on, AMD has also enab­led the industry’s first Open­Da­ta­Pla­ne (ODP) demons­tra­ti­on with Evol­ved Packet Core app­li­ca­ti­ons on a 64-bit ARM pro­ces­sor in addi­ti­on to Data Pla­ne Deve­lo­p­ment Kit (DPDK) on the AMD x86 pro­ces­sor and Open­Stack to crea­te the basis for an AMD NFV refe­rence solu­ti­on. The AMD NFV refe­rence solu­ti­on is per­for­mance opti­mi­zed and can be uti­li­zed for ser­vice pro­vi­der pro­duc­tion deployments.

For a live demons­tra­ti­on, visit booth 613 at ARM Tech­Con from Oct. 1 – 3, 2014.


About the AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC (Code­n­a­med: “Hiero­fal­con”)

The AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC is the first 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A57-based plat­form from AMD tar­ge­ting embed­ded data cen­ter app­li­ca­ti­ons, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons infra­st­ruc­tu­re and indus­tri­al solu­ti­ons. It inclu­des up to eight ARM Cor­tex-A57 CPUs and pro­vi­des high-per­for­mance memo­ry with two 64-bit DDR3/4 chan­nels with error cor­rec­tion code (ECC) for high relia­bi­li­ty app­li­ca­ti­ons. The inte­gra­ted SoC inclu­des 10Gb KR Ether­net and PCI-Express® Gen 3 for high-speed net­work con­nec­ti­vi­ty, making it ide­al for con­trol pla­ne app­li­ca­ti­ons. The AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC also pro­vi­des enhan­ced secu­ri­ty capa­bi­li­ty with sup­port for ARM Trust­Zo­ne® tech­no­lo­gy and a dedi­ca­ted cryp­to­gra­phic secu­ri­ty co-pro­ces­sor, aligning to the incre­a­sed need for secu­re, net­wor­ked sys­tems. The AMD Embed­ded R‑Series SoC is expec­ted to ship in the first half of 2015.


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