Cavium unveils M-CORD NFV/5G on ARM with leaf and spine SDN fabric

Cavium unveils M-CORD NFV/5G on ARM with leaf and spine SDN fabric

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By Wisse Hettinga

This M-CORD SDN/NFV software platform scaling across multiple data center racks is fully integrated with virtualized and disaggregated mobile infrastructure elements from the edge of the Radio Access Network (RAN) to distributed mobile core, and ONOS SDN and XOS orchestration software. It enables a virtually turn-key operation in a central office or edge data center for testing out NFV, 5G and C-RAN new technology concepts like intelligent front-haul and network slicing.

The platform is a complete Cavium powered SDN/NFV/C-RAN end to end system combining the OCTEON Fusion-M baseband radio head processors with the ThunderX ARM-based COTS servers and the award winning programmable XPliant Ethernet leaf and spine SDN switches. In keeping with industry trends the front-haul options follow the emerging 3GPP next generation standards.

China Unicom and Cavium have been collaborating on M-CORD and C-RAN projects, utilizing this integrated platform. The addition of Edge Services and full leaf and spine support further enhances the value proposition and eases 5G deployment.

“A fully integrated SDN/NFV data center solution with programmable SDN fabric and workload optimized servers for NFV and C-RAN functions enables implementation of innovative 5G and Edge Computing capabilities and running live traffic for analysis,” said Raj Singh, Vice President & General Manager of the Network and Communication Group at Cavium. “This differentiated and highly scalable implementation of M-CORD platform, using Cavium silicon-based white box servers, switches and remote radio units, provides a 3GPP-compliant virtualized mobile infrastructure with full programmability and flexibility for next-generation network topologies.”

“Programmable SDN fabric enables a new dimension of flexibility in high-performance protocol processing with the ability to implement new protocols and analytics without hardware change,” said Eric Hayes, Vice President and General Manager of the Switching Platform Group at Cavium. “The XPliant Ethernet switch families deliver state-of-the-art throughput and exceptional programmability for data center networks.”

“Our collaboration with Cavium is progressing well and the ThunderX and XPliant-based M-CORD is an effective platform for testing out and analyzing new 5G capabilities,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom. “We believe that our partnership will provide significant benefits to both parties.”

“M-CORD provides an effective reference platform for showcasing and analyzing new technologies and features for next generation virtualized and SDN enabled mobile infrastructure and edge datacenters,” said Dr. Guru Parulkar, Exec Director of ONF and ON.Lab. “Cavium has been contributing to the M-CORD community since the very beginning. This Cavium silicon powered multi-rack M-CORD implementation with ThunderX ARM based COTS servers and XPliant based white box switches showcases a rich interoperable CORD eco-system well supported by a diversified set of COTS hardware.”

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