SOURCE: Tilera Corporation

Tilera Corporation

October 16, 2013 09:00 ET

Tilera's TILE-IQ Technology Accelerates Applications by 3 to 5x, Reducing Power and Extending Server Investments

New Family of Virtualized Intelligent Application Adapters Encompasses the TILE-Gx Manycore Processor Family, MDE and Pre-Ported Applications

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2013) - Tilera Corporation, developer of the industry-leading TILE-Gx™ family of 64-bit manycore general purpose processors, today announced the availability of TILE-IQ™, a portfolio of technology that enables heterogeneous computing using the high-performance, power-efficient and scalable TILE-Gx processors together with standard x86 CPUs to accelerate systems and offload entire applications. Leveraging C/C++ programming, Intel® DPDK-compatible drivers and an industry-standard Linux environment, OEMs and network operators can deploy software-defined networking (SDN) and security functions enabling broad classes of network and compute-intensive applications, including network functions virtualization (NFV).

"Tilera's processors outperform everything else in the market on a wide range of data plane and security plane workloads," said Devesh Garg, CEO at Tilera. "Combining a plug-in Tilera adapter with ubiquitous Intel and AMD x86 servers for the control plane enables embedded systems OEMs, datacenter operators and service providers to preserve their investment and achieve maximum performance with no disruption to their infrastructure."

TILE-IQ technology is the convergence of three elements:

  • TILEncore-Gx Intelligent Application Adapters - A family of server adapters that incorporates Tilera's TILE-Gx manycore processors scaling from 9, 16, 36 up to 72-cores, with integrated 10Gb to 80Gbps of Ethernet I/O -- all in a low-power PCIe form factor
  • Multicore Development Environment (MDE) - Tilera's best-in-class development toolkit and runtime software that enables customers to easily port, optimize and customize applications in an industry standard Linux/C based programming environment
  • Pre-Ported Modular Application Suites - Including foundational elements such as the Software-Defined Network Interface Card (NIC) framework or Open vSwitch (OVS) and spanning up to full applications such as Suricata IDS/IPS or Deep Packet Inspection packages from leading vendors

The TILE-IQ technology uniquely solves the limitations of fixed offload functions, limited capacity, no scalability and antiquated programming environments offered by traditional accelerator vendors. With TILE-IQ, customers can easily re-compile code from their x86 CPU to the Tilera environment and decouple the high-performance and latency-sensitive security and data plane from the control plane to achieve optimum results.

"We see a huge value in complementing our standard x86 servers with Tilera's TILE-IQ acceleration technology," said Octave Klaba, CEO at OVH. "We are able to significantly accelerate critical datacenter functions such as server load balancing, DDoS prevention and crypto security protocols. As the number one hosting provider in Europe, with datacenters aggregating more than 150,000 servers, we plan to deploy numerous offload configurations with Tilera's offerings."

"At NTT, we have been evaluating offload approaches for Hadoop MapReduce on x86 servers, including GPUs, FPGA boards and Tilera's multicore solution," said Dr. Toshimori Honjo, senior researcher at NTT's Software Innovation Center. "We have measured a very impressive 5x performance boost and over 10x in power savings by offloading big data workloads to the TILEncore-Gx Intelligent Adapter."

Production-Ready Hardware - Tilera's TILEncore-Gx Intelligent Application Adapter family offloads and accelerates a wide range of workloads in a standard PCI Express form factor. These adapters include from one to eight 10Gbps Ethernet ports in a single card or can be configured for co-processing applications as well. For OEM's developing customized hardware, Tilera offers the TILE-Gx9, 16, 36 and 72 processors; all are software and application run-time compatible.

Modular Software Framework - TILE-IQ provides a software infrastructure that allows developers to connect different applications together to form the needed functionality. The following applications are available from Tilera and its partners, running seamlessly and scaling across the 9, 16, 36 and 72-core TILE-Gx processor family:

  • Software-Defined NIC - Complete infrastructure framework for a highly agile and programmable N x 10G NIC function, with extensions for 40G and 100G, supporting Intel DPDK drivers, SR-IOV and virtualized servers
  • Open vSwitch - L2-4 open source user-space implementation at speeds up to 40Gbps, tightly coupled with SR-IOV, designed to support SDN and NFV server adapters
  • Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) - Real-time, Layer 2-7 classification of network application traffic at up to 50Gbps on a single TILE-Gx processor
  • Security Protocol Offload - Complete IPsec and SSL datapath and handshake offload at 40Gbps
  • Intrusion Detection/Prevention - Highest performance Suricata multi-threaded IDS/IPS, fully integrated on TILE-Gx with support for the 'Emerging Threats' rule base
  • Network Analytics - Wire-speed capture of packets to host processor or to disc with precision time-stamping, and with optional programmable flow filtering at up to 80Gbps
  • TCP/IP Stack - High performance user-space TCP/IP implementation scales linearly with number of cores. 80Gbps throughput and 1.3M connections/second using a fraction of cores

"As virtualization, NFV, and SDN trends push the market to x86-based servers, more and more pressure is being put on the processor to deliver functionality," said Jason Richards, SVP of business development at Procera Networks. "The TILEncore-Gx family provides the flexibility to offload key functions -- like Procera's NAVL DPI engine -- onto their adapter cards, significantly increasing the performance of the entire solution, while reducing power and space."

About Tilera:
Tilera® Corporation is the developer of the highest performance, low-power, general purpose manycore processors. Tilera is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with additional locations worldwide. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Tilera.

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