6WIND Supports Octeon II

6WIND announces availability of packet processing software optimized for Cavium’s market-leading Octeon II CN68XX processor family

October 10, 2011

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PARIS -- 6WIND, the industry standard for commercial multicore packet processing software, today announced the availability of its 6WINDGate™ software with optimized support for the 32-core OCTEON® II CN68XX processor family from Cavium, Inc. [NASDAQ: CAVM], a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home. Already used by OEMs in a wide range of products based on earlier OCTEON and OCTEON Plus processors, 6WINDGate enables the development of best-in-class cloud networking and mobile infrastructure equipment.

Designers of next-generation networking equipment are required to achieve line rates up to 40Gbps while providing support for intelligent networking, advanced security protocols and energy reduction. To address these requirements, 6WINDGate leverages the OCTEON II’s extensive on-chip dedicated hardware acceleration blocks for intelligent networking and advanced security functions. For typical network traffic, 6WINDGate delivers a total throughput of 40Gbps on IP Forwarding or IPsec, using only a few of the cores available on a single 32-core, 1.5GHz CN68XX processor. Remaining cores can be used to run additional value-added networking features or applications. The architecture of 6WINDGate ensures that the per-core performance scales linearly with the number of cores running 6WINDGate until the platform achieves full wire speed.

“We have had a long-term, close partnership with Cavium and many of our existing customers already run 6WINDGate on platforms based on earlier Cavium processors,” said Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “Our new release leverages the high performance and deterministic, low latency of the OCTEON II CN68XX and enables customers to quickly extend their product lines for high-performance applications in cloud networking and mobile infrastructure equipment. At the same time, by maintaining full compatibility with standard Operating System APIs, 6WINDGate enables new customers to quickly develop or migrate their application software, thereby accelerating their time-to-market and reducing their schedule risk.”


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