This month, Freescale hosted our annual Freescale Technology Forum in Dallas, Texas – an event that attracted more than 2,000 designers, engineers and industry experts to discuss the latest and greatest in the world of embedded technology. As I moved around the event, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of mobile devices and connectivity happening in real time, as participants accessed their phones and tablets to review their schedules, download presentations from their technical sessions, and check-in with their colleagues across the globe. The amount of data traffic coming from this one corner of the world in Dallas was a perfect illustration of today’s new era of networking.
As Freescale’s Tareq Bustami wrote in a recent blog post, networking technology is going through a fundamental shift that is changing the way we view performance. Propelling this shift is the increased virtualization of today’s networks and the growing number of network endpoints driven by the Internet of Things. All of this has given rise to software-defined networking (SDN) and other software-defined approaches to network infrastructure that help alleviate the challenges operators are facing on a daily basis when it comes to securing, analyzing and transporting the flood of data.
Implementing today’s virtualized networks requires a new software-defined approach that advances performance with while simplifying configuration and management and not requiring a massive software team of specialized PhDs. Through our participation with open-standard protocols such as OpenFlow™, Freescale has been on the forefront of addressing the shift to SDN. We were excited to deliver the latest family of QorIQ multicore processors this month at FTF Americas based on our Layerscape architecture.
Built around the 64-bit ARM® Cortex®-A57 core, the new QorIQ LS2 family features a new, high-performance architecture built with ease-of-use in mind. The groundbreaking, flexible architecture abstracts hardware complexity and enables customers to focus their resources on innovation at the application level. Featuring advanced packet processing and a balanced integration of CPU performance with network I/O, this highly flexible architecture abstracts hardware complexity to save time and money. In short – customers are gaining advanced SoC technology that boosts ease-of-use while enhancing performance for smarter, more capable networks.
Watch as I join ARM’s Ian Forsyth and explain how the introduction of the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture benefits the QorIQ LS2 family and why the Cortex-A57 was a perfect match for the networking market requirements, including SDN:
SDN is a paradigm shift that makes sense – and it will continue to drive the future of networking technology. With solutions like the new QorIQ LS2 family, customers can begin evolving their networks now and continue that evolution in the future to keep pace and build their infrastructure in a way that will make products easier to use and provision, as well as deliver a more cost-effective ecosystem in the long run.
The next time you are at a conference or major event, I’d encourage you to take a moment to look around you. Notice all of the individual devices and imagine the bevy of network traffic swarming around you. We’re in the midst of a significant shift in the world of networking, and we’re excited to help our customers and the industry drive that change forward.
Matthew Short is a senior product manager for the digital networking division at Freescale.