Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the embedded industry’s first technical implementation of a network functions virtualization (NFV) solution on a 64-bit ARM® processor with AMD. AMD provides the underlying processor hardware for telecommunications and networking infrastructure solutions, and recognizes the importance of an efficient NFV solution. Thus, AMD engaged Mentor Graphics for its Linux and tools expertise, and Aricent for their networking software solution, to build a platform for today’s most demanding networking customers.
The AMD Embedded R-Series 64-bit ARM-based multicore system-on-chip (SoC) codenamed “Hierofalcon,” including the Mentor® Embedded Linux® technology and Mentor Graphics® Sourcery™ CodeBench tools, and the Aricent network software stack, comprise a NFV platform on the newest high-performance 64-bit ARM architecture. This solution will be demonstrated in the AMD booth #613 at the ARM Tech Con in Santa Clara, California.
The Industry’s First Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Solution on 64-bit ARM
NFV is a network architecture concept based on virtualizing classes of network node functions into building blocks. These blocks can be inter-connected to create communications services, but this process is complicated and requires long development cycles, must adhere to industry standards for quality and performance, and relies on expertise of hardware and software specialists. AMD is demonstrating the world’s first NFV solution powered by a 64-bit ARM based processor, including traffic between ARM and x86 architectures.
In addition to the Mentor Embedded Linux technology, the Sourcery CodeBench suite of developer tools from Mentor Graphics can help embedded systems engineers gain valuable insights into system behavior and timing through a visual debugging framework that identifies functional, timing, and performance bottlenecks. This NFV platform solution enables networking and telecommunications OEMs to rapidly develop and deploy Linux-based applications with minimized risks, greater productivity, and faster time-to-market.
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