SOFTWARE TOOLS: 6WIND boosts packet-processing on Intel's new Xeon 7-10X -

SOFTWARE TOOLS: 6WIND boosts packet-processing on Intel’s new Xeon 7-10X

Mountain View, Ca. – 6WIND has just announced tool support for the new multi-core, embedded Xeon EC5549 and E5645 processor, which the company claims will allow performance boosts as high as 10-times.

Using the 6WINDGate software, said Eric Carms, CEO of 6WIND, system developers can increase the packet processing performance of their networking, telecommunications and security products by up to 10x compared to a standard Linux implementation, while reusing their existing application software and accelerating their time-to-market.

He said that when compared to an implementation based on a standard Linux networking stack, systems using 6WINDGate configured with the “6WINDGate SDS” profile will achieve a 7x performance improvement on a four-core Intel Xeon processor EC5549 platform and a 10x performance improvement on a six-core Intel Xeon processor E5645 platform.

The “6WINDGate SDS” profile is optimized for platforms in which the networking Fast Path runs on dedicated cores without the overhead of a Linux-based Slow Path.

Carmes said 6WINDGate's architecture removes the complexity of integrating high-performance packet processing with the Linux environment, because it fully synchronizes the Fast Path and Linux, while preserving Linux APIs.

It includes complete Layer 2 through Layer 4 embedded networking features (routing, IPsec, firewall, QoS, NAT, multicast), reducing development time by as much as 70 percent.

6WINDGate also maximizes software reuse, he said, so that legacy applications previously running on single-core architectures can quickly and with minimal or no modifications migrate to multicore architectures while achieving maximum performance. 6WINDGate's environment incorporates an XML-based management interface that eases the integration of networking applications and customers' value-added features.

6WINDGate will be available with full 6WINDGate SDS profile support for Intel Xeon processor EC5549 and Intel Xeon processor E5645 in mid-2010. Additionally, an early release is available now configured with the “6WINDGate EDS” profile (optimized for platforms in which the Fast Path runs as a Linux kernel module).

Since the high-performance 6WINDGate engine is transparent to application software, Carmes said developers can add compelling new features to their current Linux-based applications, or create new products from scratch, all while working within standard Linux development environments and leveraging the wealth of Linux packages available in the open-source community.

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