Light Reading

All Change for Packet Processing

Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
3/21/2013
50%
50%

The packet processing landscape has changed significantly over the last 12 months. 100G network processors (NPUs) are replacing older 10G/40G network processors, 28nm integrated multicore processors will quickly replace older devices and the Intel Xeon multicore processors are challenging both network processors and integrated multicore processors for many fast path packet processing applications. This is one of many key findings in the latest issue of Heavy Reading Components Insider, "TEMs Rate Multicore & Network Processor Suppliers for 2013," based on an exclusive worldwide survey that drew responses from 88 professionals that represent almost 60 different equipment vendors and system manufacturers worldwide. The report covers the use of specific general-purpose processors, communications processors, integrated multicore processors and NPUs, as well as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The report provides a unique insight into which devices telecom equipment manufacturers use and how they rate each vendor. The report also includes information on what performance and features will be required for future multicore processors and NPUs and valuable trend data from previous surveys in 2006 and 2010. The rapid growth of mobile Internet and cloud computing is driving demand for packet processing solutions and accelerating the adoption of higher speed interfaces. Many systems at the edge of the network require 10Gbit/s uplinks to support 100Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s connections to subscribers. Most systems at the core of the network or in the Metro network support 100Gbit/s interfaces. Demand for new services and service provider flexibility is driving a shift towards virtualized data centers and software defined networking (SDN). Multicore and network processors with multiple 10Gbit/s, 40Gbit/s and 100Gbit/s interfaces are at the heart of this new flexible network. Broadcom, EZchip Technologies, Marvell Technology and Netronome continue to develop new NPUs. 100G capable NPUs are used by a significant number of the companies covered in the survey, replacing older 10Gbit/s and 40Gbit/s devices. The Intel IXP28xx devices are still being used by a significant minority of companies. Broadcom, Cavium Networks and Freescale Semiconductor dominate the market for integrated multicore processors. Applied Micro Circuits, LSI Corp., Marvell and Tilera are also developing new integrated multicore processors. 40/45nm devices have replaced older devices, and 28nm devices sampling or in development are being used by a surprisingly large number of companies. Smaller integrated multicore processors with one or two cores are competing directly with communications processors. Communications processors are also available from Intel, Mindspeed Technologies, PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments. General-purpose multicore processors have been extensively used in networking systems or control plane applications. The introduction of the Intel data plane development kit (DPDK) has significantly increased the use of Intel Xeon processors for applications that require both control plane and data plane packet processing functions. x86-derived general-purpose processors are available from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The results documented in the report confirms that Intel dominates this market. The latest processors are being quickly adopted with the Intel Xeon E5-2400/2600 processors being used by more than 50 percent of the companies covered in the survey. Multicore and network processors are critical components for any networking system. There are several clear market leaders that have delivered on the current generation of devices. The initial indications are that system developers are moving quickly to take advantage of the latest generation of 28/32nm devices that integrate more cores, bigger memories and higher speed interfaces. — Simon Stanley, Analyst, Heavy Reading Components Insider






This report, TEMs Rate Multicore & Network Processor Suppliers for 2013, is available for $1,595. For more information, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/commchip.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
As the quest toward the Gigabit City continues, it is becoming clearer that public-private initiatives may be the key to success.
Interest in the commercial drone industry is growing and technology is developing quickly. This is laying the foundation for a range of future drone-based applications, including the use of drones in communications networks.
The telecom industry's move to SDN and white box deployments is driving significant changes in the switch market. These changes will likely lead to lower capex and opex costs for network operators in the market.
Alcatel-Lucent is close to taking carrier Ethernet switch/router market-share leadership away from Cisco.
Communications network operators need to formulate an IoT strategy and decide if Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology has a place in those plans.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Then pick up your axe, put on your spandex trousers and get yourself down to Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE). Kerrang!!!
LRTV Custom TV
Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
LRTV Custom TV
DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

4|29|15   |   03:48   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

4|29|15   |   6:45   |   (0) comments


Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
Between the CEOs
Ciena CEO: The Web-Scale Revolution

4|28|15   |   10:32   |   (3) comments


Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders goes head-to-head with long-time Ciena CEO Gary Smith to discuss the impact of the web-scale players, the New IP and 'white box' networks.
LRTV Documentaries
Cox Eyes Cloud-Based Home Networks

4|27|15   |   05:30   |   (0) comments


Cox's Jeff Finkelstein explains how moving services to the cloud will let cable deliver services faster and eliminate constant hardware replacements.
LRTV Documentaries
CableLabs' Clarke Updates Cable Virtualization

4|23|15   |   05:41   |   (1) comment


Former BT exec now leading CableLabs' NFV and SDN efforts explains key role of open source and updates efforts to virtualize the home network.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. II

4|23|15   |   08:19   |   (1) comment


In the second installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about cultural change, network slicing and technology advances.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. I

4|23|15   |   09:27   |   (3) comments


In the first installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the incredible transformation underway in the communications networking industry.
LRTV Documentaries
LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution

4|20|15   |   4:20   |   (0) comments


Håkan Andersson, head of 5G product strategy of the Radio Business Unit at Ericsson, discusses the role of LTE, the US and other industry verticals in building a true 5G ecosystem.
LRTV Documentaries
The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

4|17|15   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

4|16|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

4|15|15   |   2:42   |   (4) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
Upcoming Live Events
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A study run by Insights in Marketing and commissioned by Meredith shows the devices, channels and ways in which women are consuming content.
Hot Topics
Eurobites: Nokia Quashes Handsets Rumor
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 4/28/2015
Verizon Builds Key Vendors Into SDN Strategy
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/28/2015
Why Is Verizon Fighting With Programmers?
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 4/28/2015
Astellia Highlights Customer Care Disconnect
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/29/2015
T-Mobile Beats Sprint on Subs, Eyes Verizon on Network
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 4/28/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders goes head-to-head with long-time Ciena CEO Gary Smith to discuss the impact of the web-scale players, the New IP and 'white box' networks.
Many leading communications companies can claim to have undergone significant periods of reinvention during their histories, but none have been through more major ...
Cats with Phones