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February 15, 2012

Intel to unveil to next-generation communications platform

'Crystal Forest' is expected to deliver up to 160m packets per second performance for Layer 3 packet forwarding

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel is planning to introduce a next-generation communications platform, codenamed "Crystal Forest."

The new communications platform is expected to handle data processing across the network efficiently and securely, while addressing the needs for handling cloud connectivity and content processing and also delivering up to 160m packets per second performance for Layer 3 packet forwarding.

Crystal Forest will use a common application programming interface and common drivers so that multiple designs can be implemented in lesser time and at lower development costs.

The new release will utilise the Intel QuickAssist technology, which processes and accelerates specialised packet workloads on standard Intel platforms.

Crystal Forest will allow equipment manufacturers consolidate three communications workloads (application, control and packet processing) on multi-core Intel architecture processors .

Besides, the equipment manufacturers can also develop a scalable product line based on multiple Intel processor options to plan for future performance increases.

Intel Communications Infrastructure Division general manager Rose Schooler said the demand for increased network performance will continue to grow as more smart devices connect to the Internet every day.

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"And with the popularity of social networking and other high-bandwidth services, such as video and photo uploads/downloads, interactive video, crowdcasting and online gaming, service providers will be challenged to efficiently provision sufficient upstream capacity and manage the spike in network traffic," said Schooler.

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