SOURCE: Sensory Networks

Sensory Networks

June 26, 2012 09:00 ET

Sensory Networks and Cavium Break the 100Gbps Security Inspection Performance Barrier for Anti-Virus, Intrusion Prevention, Web Security and Zero Day Attack Detection on a Single Cavium OCTEON® II 32 Core Processor

Companies Partner to Deliver Optimized HyperScan™ Software With OCTEON Built-In Hardware Deep Packet Inspection Engines Providing Ultimate Performance and Scalability

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) - Sensory Networks, a leading provider of pattern matching and acceleration software technology, today announced it has extended its partnership with Cavium, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home. Together, the companies are bringing to market a Security Inspection Solution that achieves over 100Gbps of performance, with highly linear scaling and very low latencies. Using an optimized version of Sensory's HyperScan™ pattern matching software, on a production version of Cavium's single chip 32-core OCTEON® II CN6880, this solution raises the bar for Security Inspection performance in the industry, providing outstanding performance per watt and performance per dollar. Security Inspection, which is one of the most intensive of all Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) applications, requiring every bit, of every byte, of every packet to be scanned, is becoming increasingly important amid rapid growth of sophisticated threats from new malware. Today's Zero-Day Attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) require a whole new level of inspection that can continue to perform even under the most adverse situations.

"Today, security is necessary at all network levels, whether it's in the cloud, enterprise, wireless infrastructure or at home," said Jeff Wilson, Principal Security Analyst, Infonetics Research. "The availability of Sensory's software scaling Cavium's broad OCTEON processor family is great news for equipment suppliers."

"Cavium's flagship 32-core OCTEON II 68xx has delivered excellent performance in all our benchmarks," said Geoff Langdale, CTO for Sensory Networks. "We are particularly impressed at how linearly the performance scales on a per core basis. Cavium's strong multiprocessor support and providing real cores versus pseudo cores makes Security Inspection performance highly predictable on the OCTEON architecture, even for emerging products."

"Not only does this benchmark set a new industry standard for Security Inspection performance on our OCTEON II, we are delivering this at significantly lower power and lower cost compared to our competition," said YJ Kim, General Manager of Cavium's Infrastructure Products Group. "Sensory Networks HyperScan and Chimera software, coupled with our built-in hardware DPI engines on our OCTEON family, truly bring a very rich set of inspection capabilities at extremely high levels of performance to the market. And with the advent of the OCTEON III family, that increases both the core count and frequency, we expect the performance of this combined Security Inspection Solution to scale over 250Gbps per chip. In a four-chip configuration, connected via Cavium's revolutionary, low latency coherency architecture, we expect it will be possible to deliver over a Terabit per second of full security scanning performance."

Using a combination of OCTEON optimized versions of Sensory Networks HyperScan or Chimera software libraries and OCTEON II's in-built hardware Hyper Finite Automata (HFA) DPI Engines, OEMs will now be able to add more layers of deep packet inspection, more simultaneous scanning applications, and support many more rules sets and inspection hierarchies across the whole of the OCTEON family, scaling from single-core, low-end devices up to 48-core high performance platforms.

In addition to the OCTEON family, Sensory Networks software now also supports Cavium's TurboDPI Platform framework, allowing all TurboDPI-based applications to take advantage of the added performance and scalability provided by Sensory's HyperScan and Chimera software libraries.

Evaluation copies of HyperScan for OCTEON are available now directly from Cavium to qualified OEMs. Chimera support will become available in 30 days. Please contact Cavium for additional details at, or Sensory Networks at

About Sensory Networks
Sensory Networks is a provider of pattern matching and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) acceleration software technology that enables networking and security equipment vendors to significantly improve the content scanning intelligence and performance of their products. The company's products, HyperScan and Chimera, are pattern matching libraries that run on a wide range of processors and operating system and can be used to accelerate pattern matching tasks in applications that include IPS/IDS, Firewalls, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Unified Threat Management (UTM), Web/Email Content Filtering, SIEM and Anti-Virus/Spam. Both libraries' performance scales linearly on multi-core systems and, depending on the signatures and system workload, can deliver up to 20Gbps of scanning throughput per CPU core. Sensory Networks is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has a R&D center in Sydney Australia. For more information please visit our website at

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