ADLINK to refresh its carrier-grade network appliances with 2nd gen Xeon scalable processors

ADLINK Technology announces that it is collaborating with Intel to refresh its carrier-grade network appliances CSA-7210/7400 and AI training platform ALPS-4800 with the new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The development represents ADLINK’s active involvement in delivering Intel® Select Solution for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). The refreshed products are expected to be available in Q4 of 2019.

With improved Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 frequencies of up to 4.4 GHz and significantly enhanced memory support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory and increased DDR4 frequencies, Intel’s 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable processors not only provide an advanced compute core designed to excel wherever enormous performance for rapid data analysis is needed, but also enable a broad range of AI and machine learning applications with Intel Deep Learning Boost that adds new Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI). Intel Speed Select Technology, another important new feature, provides an ideal solution for dynamic service delivery based on workload needs. In addition, the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver hardware-enhanced security to enable more effective data protection, greater workload integrity and suppression of malicious exploits with reduced performance overhead.

ADLINK’s CSA-7210/7400 (2U/4U) are next-generation, high performance, carrier grade Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) network security platforms built on the ADLINK Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), integrating network interfaces, switches, and overall computing capacity. The CSA-7210/7400’s flexibility and configurability enable cross-business product deployment and easy integration to other high-end network security markets, such as next-generation firewalls, telecommunications, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). Featuring high throughput capacity and I/O density, parallel computing and computing density, carrier-grade high availability, and support for standardized API management, the application-ready CSA-7210/7400 meet the stringent requirements of network security systems, and enhance solution integrators’ competitive positions by allowing them to focus their development efforts on differentiating end applications. The CSA-7210/7400 have been deployed globally by leading system integrators in a variety of high-profile use cases such as IDS/IPS network security solutions and SD-WAN enterprise network service platforms.

ADLINK’s ALPS-4800 is the company’s latest AI training platform, validated with up to 8 GPU accelerators in a 4U server design. More than just a hardware server system, the ALPS-4800 is an optimized, workload-conscious acceleration system for Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL) and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications for smart factory, smart city, mobile robotics, defense, medical, and digital security and surveillance (DSS). Integrating a server node powered by dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors and PCIe expansion box with PCIe switching, the ALPS-4800 platform is highly configurable and scalable to support the combination of GPUs required to meet the needs of a variety of applications, support different workloads and demands, multiple topologies and bandwidths between GPUs and CPUs by making only simple cable routing adjustments. Moreover, InfiniBand support allows the platform to be easily scaled up to multiple GPU clusters.

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