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

     The AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC (쏦ier짯ofal짯con), sam짯pling to cus짯to짯mers, trans짯forms tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons infra짯struc짯tu짯re with soft짯ware part짯ners


SANTA CLARA, Calif.  ARM짰 Tech짯Con Oct. 01, 2014 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demons짯tra짯ted the first net짯work func짯tion vir짯tua짯liza짯ti짯on (NFV) solu짯ti짯on on AMD셲 64-bit ARM-based SoC and announ짯ced that it is now sam짯pling to AMD셲 embedded cus짯to짯mers. The NFV demons짯tra짯ti짯on is powered by a 64-bit ARM-based AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC, code짯na짯med 쏦ier짯ofal짯con, sup짯port짯ed with tech짯no짯lo짯gy from two key eco짯sys짯tem part짯ners Ari짯cent for the net짯wor짯king soft짯ware stack and Men짯tor Gra짯phics for embedded Linux짰 and tools. NFV is an inno짯va짯ti짯ve solu짯ti짯on that sim짯pli짯fies deploy짯ment and manage짯ment for net짯work and tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons ser짯vice pro짯vi짯ders with a ful짯ly vir짯tua짯li짯zed com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons infra짯struc짯tu짯re that helps maxi짯mi짯ze per짯for짯mance, while working to redu짯ce costs.

At ARM Tech짯Con, AMD spe짯ci짯fi짯cal짯ly show짯ca짯sed the capa짯bi짯li짯ties of an ARM-based NFV solu짯ti짯on, vir짯tua짯li짯zing the func짯tion짯a짯li짯ty of a packet data net짯work gate짯way, ser짯ving gate짯way, and a mobi짯li짯ty manage짯ment enti짯ty. In addi짯ti짯on to vir짯tua짯li짯zing hard짯ware com짯pon짯ents, AMD show짯ca짯sed a live traf짯fic migra짯ti짯on bet짯ween the ARM-based AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC and the x86-based second gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD R멣eries APU. AMD셲 ARM-based NFV solu짯ti짯on will be espe짯ci짯al짯ly valuable for tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons net짯work infra짯struc짯tu짯re pro짯vi짯ders inte짯res짯ted in a fle짯xi짯ble soft짯ware-defi짯ned net짯wor짯king (SDN) imple짯men짯ta짯ti짯on to mana짯ge net짯wor짯king ser짯vices with con짯fi짯gura짯ble hard짯ware to help redu짯ce com짯ple짯xi짯ty and cost. NFV is the abs짯trac짯tion of num짯e짯rous net짯work devices such as rou짯ters and gate짯ways, to enable relo짯ca짯ti짯on of net짯work func짯tions from dedi짯ca짯ted hard짯ware appli짯ances to gene짯ric ser짯vers. With NFV, much of the intel짯li짯gence curr짯ent짯ly built into pro짯prie짯ta짯ry, spe짯cia짯li짯zed hard짯ware is accom짯plished with soft짯ware run짯ning on gene짯ral pur짯po짯se hard짯ware. The resul짯ting solu짯ti짯on is a ful짯ly vir짯tua짯li짯zed com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons infra짯struc짯tu짯re inclu짯ding vir짯tu짯al ser짯vers, sto짯rage and net짯works that sim짯pli짯fies deploy짯ment and manage짯ment for net짯work and tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons ser짯vice pro짯vi짯ders. AMD is paving the way for both new and estab짯lished ser짯vice pro짯vi짯ders to design and deploy eit짯her x86 or ARM-based NFV infra짯struc짯tu짯re which meets their per짯for짯mance, cost and com짯ple짯xi짯ty requirements.

NFV and SDN will revo짯lu짯tio짯ni짯ze the next gene짯ra짯ti짯on of net짯works. Tog짯e짯ther, they add fle짯xi짯bi짯li짯ty, sca짯la짯bi짯li짯ty, intel짯li짯gence and reu짯se to almost every aspect of the net짯work, said Adri짯an Neal, Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Lea짯der, Voda짯fone Group Ser짯vices Ltd. 쏝y lever짯aging ARM and x86 archi짯tec짯tures and NFV, AMD is moving bey짯ond just enab짯ling enter짯pri짯se and data cen짯ter solu짯ti짯ons, to the com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons back짯bone whe짯re ser짯vice pro짯vi짯ders need cost reduc짯tion  and increased bandwidth.

From the net짯works to the data cen짯ter, the tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons land짯scape is rapidly chan짯ging as an explo짯si짯on of devices and new methods of com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯on span짯ning vide짯os, images and data dri짯ve the need for more effi짯ci짯ent net짯wor짯king infra짯struc짯tu짯re, said Scott Aylor, cor짯po짯ra짯te vice pre짯si짯dent and gene짯ral mana짯ger, AMD Embedded Solu짯ti짯ons. 쏡emons짯tra짯ted by our first NFV demo on a 64-bit ARM-based SoC, AMD is moving for짯ward with new ARM and x86 solu짯ti짯ons that offer OEMS and tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons pro짯vi짯ders with inno짯va짯ti짯ve ways to more cost-effec짯tively design, deploy and mana짯ge net짯wor짯king services.

In col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with AMD and Ari짯cent, we are enab짯ling a fle짯xi짯ble, effi짯ci짯ent, open approach to addres짯sing the needs of tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons sub짯scri짯bers and mee짯ting per짯for짯mance requi짯re짯ments for rapidly-evol짯ving infra짯struc짯tu짯re for deploy짯ment by tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons ope짯ra짯tors, said Char짯le짯ne Mari짯ni, vice pre짯si짯dent of mar짯ke짯ting, embedded seg짯ment, ARM. 쏷he NFV solu짯ti짯on on AMD셲 64-bit ARM-based 쁇ier짯ofal짯con SoC deli짯vers effi짯ci짯ent plat짯forms to accom짯mo짯da짯te the gro짯wing demands of sub짯scri짯bers and ope짯ra짯tors alike.


About the AMD NFV Demonstration

AMD show짯ca짯sed their first 64-bit ARM-based pro짯ces짯sor run짯ning vir짯tua짯li짯zed Wire짯less Evol짯ved Packet Core (vEPC) appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. Through a spe짯cial tech짯no짯lo짯gy col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with eco짯sys짯tem part짯ners ARM, Ari짯cent, and Men짯tor Gra짯phics, AMD demons짯tra짯ted an embedded Linux짰-based vir짯tu짯al NFV solu짯ti짯on that show짯ed a mobi짯le packet core net짯work run짯ning sub짯scri짯ber calls from simu짯la짯ted Evol짯ved Node B (eNodeB) user equip짯ment such as a cell pho짯ne or tablet with Ser짯ving Gate짯way (SGW), Packet Data Net짯work Gate짯way (PGW), and Mobi짯li짯ty Manage짯ment Enti짯ty (MME) con짯trol and data pla짯ne func짯tions hos짯ted on the AMD Embedded R멣eries plat짯form. The demo also included a pro짯to짯ty짯pe ver짯si짯on of the Men짯tor Embedded Linux deve짯lo짯p짯ment plat짯form and Sourcery Code짯Bench tools. As part of this solu짯ti짯on, AMD has also enab짯led the industry셲 first Open짯Da짯ta짯Pla짯ne (ODP) demons짯tra짯ti짯on with Evol짯ved Packet Core appli짯ca짯ti짯ons on a 64-bit ARM pro짯ces짯sor in addi짯ti짯on to Data Pla짯ne Deve짯lo짯p짯ment Kit (DPDK) on the AMD x86 pro짯ces짯sor and Open짯Stack to crea짯te the basis for an AMD NFV refe짯rence solu짯ti짯on. The AMD NFV refe짯rence solu짯ti짯on is per짯for짯mance opti짯mi짯zed and can be uti짯li짯zed for ser짯vice pro짯vi짯der pro짯duc짯tion deployments.

For a live demons짯tra짯ti짯on, visit booth 613 at ARM Tech짯Con from Oct. 1 3, 2014.


About the AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC (Code짯na짯med: 쏦ier짯ofal짯con)

The AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC is the first 64-bit ARM Cortex꽓-A57-based plat짯form from AMD tar짯ge짯ting embedded data cen짯ter appli짯ca짯ti짯ons, com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons infra짯struc짯tu짯re and indus짯tri짯al solu짯ti짯ons. It includes up to eight ARM Cor짯tex-A57 CPUs and pro짯vi짯des high-per짯for짯mance memo짯ry with two 64-bit DDR3/4 chan짯nels with error cor짯rec짯tion code (ECC) for high relia짯bi짯li짯ty appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. The inte짯gra짯ted SoC includes 10Gb KR Ether짯net and PCI-Express짰 Gen 3 for high-speed net짯work con짯nec짯ti짯vi짯ty, making it ide짯al for con짯trol pla짯ne appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. The AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC also pro짯vi짯des enhan짯ced secu짯ri짯ty capa짯bi짯li짯ty with sup짯port for ARM Trust짯Zo짯ne짰 tech짯no짯lo짯gy and a dedi짯ca짯ted cryp짯to짯gra짯phic secu짯ri짯ty co-pro짯ces짯sor, alig짯ning to the increased need for secu짯re, net짯work짯ed sys짯tems. The AMD Embedded R멣eries SoC is expec짯ted to ship in the first half of 2015.


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