Backbone Network Operations & Telecommunications

Increased traffic on present backbone networks and shrinking profitability are forcing telco operators, data center operators and ISPs to rethink their network environments. They need to address deployment of new technologies and rapid changes in network topologies, which suggests a virtualized environment, namely network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). Higher speeds of network links require virtual network functions (VNFs) to be accelerated in hardware, as software implementations do not scale up and CPUs become overwhelmed. DDoS attacks are another severe threat that operators have to handle at the entrance point of their networks so such attacks they do not flood nodes within those networks. More focus needs to be put on programmability, flexibility, ability to load balance and distribute over CPU cores, which help applications to do their jobs effectively.


The load should be balanced in such a way that the applications can work effectively without any idle states caused by waiting for the right data to arrive. Load balancing based on network flows (IP addresses, L4 protocol, TCP/UDP ports) works differently than load balancing based on L7 analysis and pattern matching. A flexible solution that can be configured in many ways is necessary.

A specific feature of telco applications is the ability to parse a variety of encapsulation protocols, which overlay networks use to create virtual connections that can be maintained and routed more effectively. Since the structure of traffic might be different at specific locations, local appliances need to be flexible enough to handle that traffic.

Netcope offers flexible solutions based on FPGA technology that help to deal with the aforementioned issues through in-field programmability.

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Netcope cards are delivered with ready-to-use firmware that provides wire-speed traffic processing at speeds of to 100Gbps even for the shortest frames. Support for encapsulation protocols is handled by a configurable protocol stack whose structure can be described in the P4 language. Hardware filtering is supported independently of the complexity of the protocol stack and can be extended according to the user’s needs thanks to the FPGA’s programmability. Netcope provides hardware filters for per-packet and stateful filtering with a wide range of filtering criteria, which helps to deal with high-volume DDoS attacks.

Netcope’s solutions are ideal for acceleration of applications for network monitoring and testing, as well as traffic recording. Because of their in-field programmability and P4 configurability, these solutions are suitable for deployment in an NFV environment to accelerate VNFs.

Netcope Success Stories

Flowmon Networks

Flowmon Networks Network Traffic Monitoring

Flowmon Networks aims to develop a new generation of NetFlow/IPFIX probes that can monitor and process traffic of 100GE high-speed networks. Because of that, Flowmon Networks needs to find a network card that would be able of handling 100 GE monitoring requirements.

U.S. trading firm deploys Tradecope

U.S. trading firm deploys Tradecope Electronic Stock Trading

For successful trading on electronic exchanges today, it is not enough to come up with the smartest strategy anymore. Learn more about how U.S trading firm deployed FPGA-based Tradecope solution to increase hit rate of the trading strategy.