CPacket Targets DPI

cPacket announced a new chip that can perform 'complete packet inspection'

May 14, 2007

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- cPacket announced today a new chip that can perform “complete packet inspection” – a combination of “deep packet inspection” plus header classification – and can do so at an unprecedented 20 gigabits per second at 6 Watts. The chip makes possible “intelligent” network switches, routers, or network devices that are able to actively analyze and respond to network traffic based upon a 100% analysis of the packet payloads as well as the headers. It offers as much as 10 times the processing performance, for one-tenth the cost, of today’s extremely complex and expensive solutions.

The 100-to-1 breakthrough in system cost-performance is so significant that complete packet inspection – and the intelligent network devices that it enables – has the potential to become pervasive, not only at the network perimeter, but in LAN switches, line cards, blade servers, and even in SOHO equipment. Use of the chip both in existing designs and high-value-added new products is greatly simplified by its “bump in the wire” integration model. It is supported by a simple but powerful template-based application programming interface (API).

Deep packet inspection is the network equivalent of United Parcel Service opening and inspecting the contents of every package entering any of their facilities, and then differentially handling each package based on its contents. For example, perishable goods might be identified, hazardous materials redirected, and terrorist threats contained, with accompanying alarms.

Clearly such ‘deep’ package inspection would be a massive, complex, and expensive undertaking for UPS that could have unpredictable effects on throughput. “In the network context, it is no different,” said Rony Kay, cPacket founder and CEO. “Today, only applications that have tremendous financial or strategic impact – to the end users or to the service providers – can justify the cost of the capability of inspecting, analyzing and reacting to every bit in every data packet.”

cPacket Networks Inc.

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