Broadcom Delivers Multi-core Processor with 4X Competitors' Performance

By Paula Bernier March 31, 2014

Broadcom has added the XLP500 Series to its XLP II multi-core communications processor portfolio. This new series delivers four times the per-core performance of competing processors, which will enable it to simplify and support network functions virtualization and software-defined networking products, including high-end SDN control plane applications.

The new hardware, which is now sampling, includes 32 NXCPUs and 80gbps performance. Its quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture does out-of-order execution. And it can support the Broadcom Open NFV platform and is interoperable with Broadcom's StrataXGS Switch Series.

(Check out the agenda for Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event, which will be held Aug. 11-14 at The Rio-Las Vegas. For more information click here.)

Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group and editor-in-chief of the Microprocessor Report, says that the performance the XLP500 Series delivers is unique in the embedded processor marketplace.

Other features include high speed I/Os including 40GEs, 10GEs, GE, HiGig2 and Interlaken; end-to-end virtualization of CPUs memory, I/Os and acceleration engines; integrated autonomous acceleration engines to support functionality such as deep packet inspection, encryption, network acceleration and storage; a configurable pool of high performance multi-core processors; support for open source virtualization platforms such as KVM, QEMU and OVS; and dedicated lanes for PCIE Gen3.0 and SATA3.0.

The unveiling of the XLP500 Series is just one recent announcement Broadcom has made on the SDN front. As discussed in a NFVZone posting earlier this month, the company recently came out with the OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction v1.0 specification, software, and an API. This is the industry's abstraction for the Open Networking Foundation's OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch.

"The openly published OF-DPA specification, software and API exposes OpenFlow compliant programming constructs over Broadcom's StrataXGS Ethernet Switch Series," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network Switch. "By mapping the OpenFlow 1.3.1 pipeline to high bandwidth and high density switch silicon like the StrataXGS Trident Series, we are enabling SDN applications to achieve high performance and scale."

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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