The STORDIS APS series are the first to deploy a Barefoot TofinoTM chip set with a time synchronization function, which is an essential capacity in the field of telecommunication as well as media and entertainment. This feature enables uncompressed transmission of video streams via live IP studio and precise timestamping. Low latency is particularly crucial for high frequency trading as well. The relevant onboard chipset supports IEEE 1588v2 time protocol with a resolution of 4 nanoseconds and enables the switch to act as either transparent or both boundary and master clock. The frequency lock by oven-controlled oscillator (OCXO) provides a precise frequency locking among all devices within the network.
The innovative technology of the Barefoot TofinoTM chipset offers unlimited open networking possibilities by the use of the data plane programming language P4, featuring in-band telemetry and mega scale data center switching. P4 is easy to access, it enables hardware offloading of protocols, arbitrary tagging of packets and controlling behavior based on individual data pattern matches. Hyperscalers benefit from layer 4 load-balancing and a network packet broker. The flexible but highly specific packet processing pipeline provides the ability to create own protocols and add individual packet metadata. Integrated on the fly encapsulation and decapsulation is efficiently used in the field of telecommunications. The switch has a non-blocking switching capacity of 2.0 Tb/s and is capable of complex protocol processing at wire-speed.
To offer nearly unlimited flexibility, the switches support all available speeds from 1GbE to 100GbE. To particularly meet the requirements of broadcasters and telecommunication providers, a multitude of devices supporting only 1Gb can be connected via integrated 1Gb SFP ports.
Furthermore, the switches provide multiple SFP+ ports supporting 10Gb and 25Gb, and 8 uplink ports supporting 10Gb, 25Gb and 50Gb with breakout, and additionally 40Gb and 100Gb, and is not limited to high-speed interfaces.
The versatile switch offers multiple management options to attain maximum functionality predestined for software defined networking. Next to the Ethernet out-of-band management port and one console port (RS232), it uniquely provides two dedicated SFP cages for either management or connecting SDN controllers. The highly available SDN controller can be extended and modified meeting individual requirements due to a flexible controller network topology.
To take full advantage of the Barefoot Tofino chipset, the switches are equipped with highly efficient hardware components. Compute heavy and complex processes, such as SDN based environments and link monitoring, can be easily supported on the platform due to a powerful 8-core CPU, a large 128Gb SSD and 32Gb RAM. Redundant power supplies and hot- swappable fans ensure a continuous uptime and high availability. Reliable components are especially important for hyperscalers, providers and the telecommunication industry. The future-proof SDN-ready network design allows complex distributed control-plane and management-plane processing, and a facilitated addition of custom software.
By default the switches come with an ONIE bootloader and can optionally be equipped with a pre-installed operating system. A range of leading software options are available to run on the platform, commercial variants such as NoviWareTM (NoviFlow) and SOFTWARE DEFINED FABRICTM (Kaloom) and open source variants like Ubuntu, ONL, Stratum as well as Microsoft Sonic.
The switches are the first Barefoot TofinoTM units supporting PTP time sync and 1Gb throughput to deliver significant business advantage in various fields of the industry. The exceptional open hardware architecture of the switches and the high-level performance provide a wide spectrum of possibilities.
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