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6WIND Releases Packet Processing Software Optimized for Tilera’s TILEPro64 Processor

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 6:18am


6WIND today announced the availability of its 6WINDGate software with optimized support for the TILEPro64 processor family from Tilera Corporation, the industry leader in highly scalable general purpose “manycore processors”. Already deployed by a wide range of OEMs worldwide, 6WINDGate enables the development of high-performance, energy-efficientTILEPro64-based equipment for cloud networking and mobile infrastructure applications.

As data and servicesmigrate to the cloud and mobile applications require more bandwidth, designers of equipment for next-generation network infrastructure are requiredto achieve increased network performance despite demandingpower consumption constraints. To meet these challenges, networking equipment must provide best-in-class energy efficiency (performance per Watt)using a hardware and software architecturethat can scaleto support growth in user traffic. At the same time, while introducing products based on new processor platforms, OEMs need to leverage their investments in proven, proprietary application software.

To address these requirements, the 6WINDGate packet processing softwarefully exploits the energy-efficient, “manycore” TILEPro64 processor architecture todeliver IP Forwarding performance of 580,000 packets per second, per Tile on a processor running at 800MHz (64-byte packets). This per-Tile IP Forwardingperformance scales linearly with the number of tiles running 6WINDGate until the platform achieves full wire speed. Remaining tiles can be used to run additional value-added networking features or applications.
By maintaining full compatibility with standard Operating System APIs, 6WINDGate enables Tileracustomers to quickly develop new applications and/or migrate existing software from another platform, thereby accelerating their time-to-market while reducing their schedule risk.

“We’re pleased to deliver support for the Tilera TILEPro64 processor,” said Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “We have worked closely with Tilera to ensure that 6WINDGate fully utilizesthe unique features of their manycore architecture. OEMs developing solutions such as virtualized appliances for cloud infrastructurewill leverage the performance, portability and scalability of 6WINDGate to maximize the performance-per-Watt of TILEPro64-platforms while accelerating their time-to-market.”

Already deployed by tier-one networking and telecom OEMs worldwide, 6WINDGate is the gold standard for commercial packet processing software. Providing a comprehensive, pre-integrated suite of networking protocols fully optimized for multicore platforms, 6WINDGate eliminates the need for OEMs to invest their engineering resources into combining discrete protocols from multiple sources and/or designing custom optimizations. This allows 6WIND’s customers to eliminate up to twelve months of development time, reaping the rewards of being early to market with cost-optimized products that offer compelling performance.

"Tilera’s processors offer the best performance per watt of any processor on the market today. 6WIND’s software enables our OEM customers to extract amazing packet processing performance from our processors while retaining full compatibility with standard APIs," said OmidTahernia, CEO of Tilera. "We're pleased to see 6WIND launch their support for the TILEPro64 processor.We look forward to an ongoing partnership in delivering the most power- efficient networking solutions."

6WINDGate support for the TILEPro64 processor family is available now. For more information please visit

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