LAS VEGAS -- Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. of Camarillo, Calif., has signed a development pact with Canada's Solidum Systems Corp. to jointly develop packet-classification procedures for 10-gigabits-per-second and faster networks.
The agreement, announced on the opening day of NetWorld+Interop, follows Vitesse's successive acquisitions of XaQti Corp., Orologic Inc. and Sitera Inc., which have made Vitesse flush with packet-processing architectures.
Solidum founder and vice president Misha Nossik said it is too early to know whether the agreement with Vitesse will cover both Solidum's semiconductor architectures and its PAX Packet Description Language, though Vitesse clearly could use Solidum's software as a means of uniting architectural capabilities of the XaQti, Orologic, and Sitera families in defining packet attributes.
The classification software is of particular interest for the TeraPower family of processors developed by the former XaQti, said Samba Murthy, vice president of marketing for Vitesse. Nossik said that Solidum, based in Ottawa, would like to extend PAX from packet classification to full packet transformation capabilities, and that Vitesse could help shape directions for such development.
Vitesse also announced the first OC-48c products to address packet and cell processing problems in the core routers and multi-service switches.
The PaceMaker 2.4, based on technology from its acquisition of Orologic, is a highly integrated cell and packet traffic-management engine with state-of-the-art Quality of Service (QoS) features supporting full data rate.
Vitesse claimed the PaceMaker 2.4 device is the world's first silicon implementation of the "Earliest Deadline First " (EDF) scheduling algorithm, which has been theoretically proven to be the optimal mechanism for traffic management.
"We believe Quality of Service guarantees are becoming more of a concern for ISPs and network providers due to new dela- sensitive applications, such as voice-over-IP and video-over-IP," said Raif Onvural, vice president of the Orologic Network Processor Group. "More sophisticated mechanisms for IP traffic management will be required by the core switches and routers of the Internet in order to provision for these services. We enable our customers to build the equipment which will provide for a new generation of delay and rate guarantees of data traffic.
-- Additional reporting by Loring Wirbel of EE Times