Until recently, communications and networking equipment designs partitioned functionality into multiple subsystems, for example control plane functions executing on a general purpose processor and data plane packet processing in a specialized network processor. Advances in multi-core, virtualization and other technologies now make it possible to run multiple functions on a single platform, consolidating hardware up to 4:1. Here are links to the top community posts on the topic:
Read the highlights of the new Intel® Platform for Communications that now allows systems architects to design the majority of network elements on a single architecture – one codebase, one set of development tools and a massive ecosystem.
Learn how telecom equipment suppliers can lower their customers’ CapEx and OpEx by consolidating multiple workloads onto a single platform that dramatically reduces development effort, power consumption and time to market.
White paper: MULTI-CORE NETWORKING FOR THE NEW DATA PLANE
Check out a use case where embedded software, optimized for Intel architecture (IA) processors, is being used to create high-performance data plane applications including higher layer processing and advanced security without the need for ASICs or other specialized componets. .
Explore a communications cloud based on Intel® architecture (IA) platform that’s capable of supporting all the software workloads in a core network. This paper describes an entire evolved packet core (MME, S-GW, P-GW, SGSN, HSS) of an LTE network running on an IA processor.
Explore how utilizing the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), Intel® architecture-based processor modules can not only handle traditional processing applications and control functions, but they can also capably and efficiently perform packet processing functions.
Read how the latest Intel® Xeon® processors together with specialized packet processing software enable a range of DPI applications to deliver the performance necessary for LTE networks, combining control & high speed packet processing functions on this multi-core platform.
Have you read any related content that you would recommend to the community? What other aspects of Workload Consolidation would you like to see covered?
J. Felix McNulty
Intel® Embedded Community