Consolidating Communications and Networking Workloads onto one Architecture

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    Global network traffic is booming, leading to a rapid rise in network capital expenditures (CapEx). At the same time, network infrastructure energy costs are spiraling higher, driving up operational expenditures (OpEx). Faced with these increasing costs, service providers are looking for solutions that are both cost- and energy-efficient.


    The white paper below shows how network equipment can meet this goal by consolidating workloads on a single architecture. Traditionally, network elements run different workloads on different hardware architectures, like packet processing on network processors and control and application processing on general purpose processors. Today, all of these workloads can be consolidated onto multi-core Intel® Xeon processors. In addition to potentially cutting costs and power, this approach can simplify integration and validation issues, saving time and effort. If equipment manufacturers want to avoid hardware development altogether, they can use commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) boards available from Intel’s broad and experienced ecosystem.


    Check out the paper for more details. For more on how members of the Intel® Embedded Alliance are enabling workload consolidation, see A unifying architecture for networking and communications.


    For more on building flexible networking solutions, see