Backbone Network Operations & Telecommunications

Increased amount of traffic on present backbone networks and shrinking profitability forces telco operators, data center operators, and ISPs to rethink their network environment. They need to address deployment of new technologies and rapid changes in network topologies, which suggests 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 on the entrance point of the network so that they do not flood nodes within the network. More focus needs to be put on programmability, flexibility, ability to load balance and distribute over CPU cores, which help applications to do their job effectively.


The load should be balanced in such a way so 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, which can be configured in many ways, is a need.

Specific feature of telco applications is the ability to parse a variety of encapsulation protocols. Overlay networks use them to create virtual connections that can be maintained and routed more effectively. Since the structure of the traffic might be different on specific locations, local appliances need to be flexible enough to handle the 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 on speeds up to 100Gbps even for the shortest frames. Support of encapsulation protocols is handled by configurable protocol stack whose structure can be described in P4 language. Hardware filtering is supported independently of the complexity of the protocol stack and can be extended according to a user’s needs because of programmability of the FPGA. Netcope provides hardware filters for per-packet and stateful filtering with 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 [link na use case podstránku] and testing [link na use case podstránku], and traffic recording [link na use case podstránku]. Because of their in-field programmability and P4 configurability, they are suitable for deployment in NFV environment to accelerate virtualized network functions (VNFs).

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