Intel next week will tap the Interop trade show in Las
Vegas for a sneak preview of a powerful new data center
switch reference platform, expected to be released this
The Seacliff Trail reference platform will combine Intel
Ethernet Switch FM6000 technology (which Intel attained
via the Fulcrum Microsystems acquisition) with the Intel
82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller and a Crystal
Forest-based packet processing and control plane
The platform has been designed for top-of-rack data
center applications. The 1RU-high switch has 48 SFP+
10GbE ports and four QSFP 40GbE ports and delivers less
than 400ns L3 latency, according to Intel. It supports
all of the critical data center protocols and services.
Also in Intel's booth there will be a demo of low
latency network address translation (NAT). The Intel
Ethernet Switch FM6000 FlexPipe frame processing
pipeline provides NAT services with very low latency,
which is essential in data center networks.
Intel also contributed its Barcelona 10GbE TOR switch
reference platform for an SDN demo that is part of the
Interop Labs (iLabs). The demo shows how Barcelona
performs when it is controlled by an OpenFlow software
control plane. This is similar to the demo Intel had in
its booth at the recent Open Network Summit, but this
time the switch is in a multivendor environment.
Interop runs from May 8-10 in Las Vegas, and is probably
the premier enterprise networking convention today.