Tilera Unveils Many-Core Appliance for Security Apps

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Tilera has the availability of the TILEmpower-Gx72 FR, a high-availability platform powered by Tilera’s TILE-Gx72 processor and delivering 80Gbps of wire-speed Ethernet I/O. (Photo: Tilera)

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week Tilera launched several security products and solutions with partners to highlight the power and speed of its processor portfolio.

Aimed at large network operators, Tilera announced the availability of the TILEmpower-Gx72 FR, a high-availability platform powered by Tilera’s  TILE-Gx72 processor and delivering 80Gbps of wire-speed Ethernet I/O. The new chip integrates high-availability features including redundant, hot-swap power supplies and redundant field replaceable fan trays, assuring reliable operation in mission critical environments. In addition, the platform hardware design is FIPS 140-2 ready, dramatically accelerating time to market for companies deploying network security applications.

“Our customers are demanding a turnkey platform that accelerates their time to market for security centric applications,” said Devesh Garg, CEO of Tilera. “The quantity and diversity of internet threats is exploding, with increasing complexity so time-to-deployment for both software and hardware is critical for our customers.  With the combination of Tilera’s TILEmpower-Gx72 FR platform and the available IPsec, SSL and deep packet inspection (DPI) application toolkits from third party vendors, we dramatically accelerate our customers’ ability to deploy a high-performance, scalable solution.”

The TILEmpower-Gx72 FR platform includes redundant power supplies, FIPS 140-2 level 3 chassis design, up to 80 Gbps of network I/O and 32GB of DDR3 memory with ECC, two internal solid-state discs, and an integrated baseboard management controller for remote management.

Integrated SSL/TLS Security Solution on a Single Chip

Tilera launched a fully integrated secure sockets layer/transport layer security (SSL/TLS) security stack powered by INSIDE Secure’s (INSD) industry-proven MatrixSSL toolkit and tuned to run seamlessly on the entire family of TILE-Gx processors. Only a fraction of the TILE-Gx cores are consumed in the integrated solution, freeing the remainder for developers to build advanced networking functions such as DPI, intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), and virtual switching.

“We are seeing increasing demand from our customers for high-performance SSL processing,” said Bob Doud, director of marketing, Tilera Corporation. “The amount of SSL-protected traffic is exploding, and this presents a huge problem to network monitoring and analysis systems, as well as intrusion detection equipment, since they cannot inspect the encrypted payloads. With the ability to support line-rate SSL termination Tilera can solve those problems and preserve the performance and security of the network.”

Open Virtual Switch Solution (OVS)

Tilera announced the availability of TILE-OVS, an optimized Open vSwitch (OVS) offload solution for network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments in data center and telco networks. Powered by Tilera’s TILE-Gx manycore processors and deployed in a PCI Express form factor, the solution delivers up to 80Gbps of OVS processing with additional headroom to spare for many other sophisticated networking applications such as deep packet inspection (DPI), network analytics and cyber security processing. With TILE-OVS, high-throughput networking, switching, and security functions are handled by TILE-Gx processors with direct coupling to the Ethernet I/O, dramatically offloading the x86 server.

“Offloading Open vSwitch from x86 host CPUs provides several benefits for NFV,” said Matthew Mattina, CTO at Tilera. “OVS is computationally demanding on x86 machines, especially when dealing with high throughput, high packet rates, and tunneling protocols like NVGRE that leave fewer cycles to run the desired virtual functions. By offloading OVS to a Tilera data-plane adapter, our customers are able to free up more cycles for host-side applications resulting in NFV capable servers that are power and cost efficient, and support OpenFlow controllers.”

Tilera and Procera Networks Partner

Tilera and Procera Networks (PKT) announced a high performance DPI-on-a-NIC deep packet inspection solution for software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization. Tilera’s TILEncore-Gx Intelligent Application Adapters combined with Procera’s Network Application Visibility Library (NAVL) software development kit delivers wire-speed deep Layer 7 application intelligence required by emerging network architectures. “By offloading the networking data plane to our intelligent application adapters, customers can scale to meet increased demands as their data and video traffic escalates,”  said Bob Doud, director of marketing at Tilera. “With the combination of Tilera’s TILEncore Intelligent Application Adapters and Procera’s NAVL software solutions, customers can implement a flexible and scalable DPI offload model using their existing servers.”

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  1. What is the performance per watt of this thing? If the solution is so energy efficient why is there a 5 inch by 3 inch gigantic heat sink on their chip? I am very sure that is the chip in between the DIMM Banks and the 3 turbo fans. The story vs this picture does not jive