Xelerated Releases SDK 5.0 for the HX and AX Families of Network Processors and Programmable Ethernet Switches
September 29, 2009 -- Xelerated, Inc. has launched the latest release of its Software Development Kit (SDK), the SDK 5.0. Designed to support Xelerated’s new generation of HX Carrier Ethernet network processors (NPUs) and AX Programmable Ethernet Switches, SDK 5.0 enables vendors to optimize network design for the new generation of Carrier Ethernet platforms and devices.
Now shipping, the SDK 5.0 supports all device types of the two families – allowing system vendors to seamlessly develop and customize data plane software for their unified fiber access and next generation Metro Ethernet platforms. The SDK 5.0 instruction set and programming model are compatible with previous NPU generations, thus easing reuse of existing applications and migration of code for existing X11 customers that are looking to optimize their data planes with the capabilities of new generation Carrier Ethernet devices.
The SDK 5.0 provides a range of software development tools to make development of data plane software straightforward and efficient:
As with previous-generation NPUs by Xelerated, the HX and AX Carrier Ethernet families of devices leverage dataflow architecture, with a deterministic pipeline of processor cores that makes data plane programming models efficient and easy. For example, a processor’s code can be written with a single instruction set using a straightforward sequential programming model. A unique attribute of the dataflow architecture is that once the code is successfully compiled, wirespeed performance is guaranteed for all packet sizes and services. In addition, the homogenous pipeline of processor cores simplifies code adoption for systemization of advanced and evolving unified fiber access and Metro Ethernet requirements.
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