The ability to monitor and process data streams on the fly is appealing in many application areas. Wireline and wireless carriers have an interest to provide contractually agreed services and quality. Enterprises extend their classical firewalls with highly sophisticated intrusion prevention systems. Service providers are interested in statistics about subscriber behaviors. The complexity of these tasks and the constant increase of the packet rate due to the rapidly increasing market demand for higher bandwidth require multiple packet processing engines to process the packet stream in parallel – while still maintaining the context of a subscriber/provider communication flow.
Designed for the exact requirements of the communications market, AdvancedTCA® (ATCA) platforms provide a perfect fit for addressing these requirements. High performance CPU blades and dedicated packet processing blades are available to analyze and process the enormous amount of individual end-to-end network sessions.
FlowPilot add-on software for the ATCA-F140, the Emerson Network Power high performance, high bandwidth 40G ATCA hub blade, adds the required packet forwarding techniques beyond standard built-in switching and routing protocol support. FlowPilot allows managing the switching hardware to achieve lowest latency, full wire speed packet, and flow context aware packet distribution to and from all processing blades in your AdvancedTCA platform.