Nokia FP4 silicon platforms deliver enhanced performance, security needed for cloud and machine era

Nokia announced this week its internet routing platforms that will ensure modern networks are faster, safer and more adaptable. Nokia FP4 silicon provides a generational performance boost over existing solutions while delivering improved network security and intelligence.

The new Nokia IP routing portfolio includes high density and petabit-class performance; no-compromise design delivers performance needed for immersive experiences with the security and intelligence required to support connecting and automating billions of devices; and delivers platforms powered by advanced Nokia new FP4 silicon, its multi-terabit chipset, up to six times more powerful than network processors shipping.

The foundation of these new systems is FP4 silicon networking chipset that features a 2.4 Tb/s network processor – up to six times more powerful than processors currently available – opening the door to clear-channel terabit speeds and petabit-class routers. This technology leverages the latest advances in silicon including 16nm FinFET Plus and multi-dimensional design. The FP4 design also delivers many architectural innovations, including novel Nokia-invented intelligent memory, that enhance performance and efficiency, while minimizing package size.

Nokia Bell Labs forecasts IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes a month by 2022 while growing at 25 percent compound annual growth rates. Peak data rates will grow even faster, at nearly 40 percent annually. This surge is a direct result of insatiable consumer and business demand for services – including high-definition video streaming and, more recently, virtual reality – combined with the advent of high-speed, low-latency networks that connect people and things.

Nokia Bell Labs expects this latter market to reach 100 billion connected devices by 2025. This new set of challenges will require a re-think of the internet infrastructure.

According to Basil Alwan, president of the ION Business Group at Nokia, “The internet platform is set to fully subsume HD on-demand video while simultaneously expanding with connectivity to billions of new devices. Stepping forward demands an immense performance increase, vastly improved insight and security and, of course, compelling economics. With today’s announcement, we are delivering the technology advances needed to support this evolution. The end game is all-important: an evolved global nervous system for society and certainly the most capable, cost-effective, resilient and secure infrastructure ever built.”

The Nokia 7750 Service Router (SR)-s series provides high-density routing platform that can support a 144 Tb/s configuration in a single shelf. In addition, the company introduces a petabit-class router, the new Nokia 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS)-XC. A leap for Nokia’s core router family and the industry, it is the world’s highest-capacity router to date. It scales to 576 Tb/s in a single system through chassis extension, without requiring separate switching shelves.

The new Nokia platforms are capable of delivering terabit IP flows, a ten times improvement over the existing 100 Gb/s links used to construct the internet backbone.

Nokia has also integrated the optimal blend of capacity and performance with deep visibility, fine-grained control, telemetry and security into its new FP4-based routing platforms. This ensures modern networking systems of webscale companies and service providers can meet data demand, adapt to change, and scale cost-effectively and securely for the cloud, 5G and IoT.

Enhanced packet intelligence and control technology embedded in the FP4 – when combined with Nokia’s Deepfield IP network analytics solution and comprehensive SDN portfolio – maximizes efficiency and opportunity while minimizing and mitigating security threats. This includes DDoS attacks, which impact productivity and commerce and are growing in number and impact each year.

According to Deloitte Global’s TMT predictions, over 10 million attacks are expected this year.

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