Lightstorm Networks Samples Hudson OAM Service Accelerator

Lightstorm Networks, enabling next generation packet network services with carrier-grade Ethernet silicon, announced that its latest carrier Ethernet solution, the Hudson OAM service accelerator, is now sampling. Following on the heels of the Brooklyn-10, Lightstorm’s carrier-grade 20Gb Layer 2 switch, Hudson significantly enhances Lightstorm’s Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) capability. Supporting both IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731 connectivity fault management (CFM) protocols, Hudson enables Brooklyn-10 based systems to process continuity check messages (CCMs) on thousands of services without the need for the software intervention which is common in many of the current solutions in the market today. This scalability is a critical element for deploying robust carrier Ethernet solutions in Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB), Provider Backbone Transport (PBT), and Transport-MPLS networks.

As networks are turning towards Ethernet-centric solutions and replacing the existing SONET/SDH and ATM/Frame Relay infrastructures, one of the primary hurdles developers are facing is providing the same or better OAM functionality. The success of carrier Ethernet depends greatly on its ability to provide service providers with the same management framework and tools that they have used with these previous technologies. Critical to that expectation is “SONET like” restoration times on services in less than 50ms. To ensure that level of conformance the network must track services health by monitoring CCMs; which could be required as often as every 3.3ms.

Next generation carrier Ethernet systems are expected to manage anywhere from 1,000 to 8,000 services which is simply not possible if monitoring of CCMs is performed in only control plane software. By offloading the filtering and processing of CCMs using the Brooklyn-10 and the Hudson service accelerator, system OEMs can return the CPU to doing exception handling and other processing functions, while offering the robust protection and restoration services demanded by carrier networks.

“Up until this point, the acceptance of carrier Ethernet in communications frameworks has been limited by the lack of hardware designed to support both Ethernet OAM and maximize scalability,” said Stephen Christo, director of product marketing for Lightstorm Networks. “What we are doing is truly taking Ethernet OAM to the next level. The Hudson device effectively removes the burden of analyzing and generating continuity check messages from software, thereby scaling the number of connections while minimizing CPU utilization. As a result, the customer gains better performance and a significantly enhanced user experience.”

The Hudson device comes just three months after Lightstorm Networks officially launched and introduced the Brooklyn-10, the first Ethernet switch Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP) purpose-built for the carrier market. An industry first, the Brooklyn-10 offers the latest carrier Ethernet services at wire-rate speed – without the requirement of complex NPU or FPGA programming. The company, rapidly moving forward with its innovative suite of silicon software and hardware products, is leading the carrier Ethernet surge and meeting the ever-changing and demanding needs of today’s carrier.

Pricing and Availability
The Hudson service accelerator is now sampling and will be generally available in Q1 2008. Pricing available upon request.

About Lightstorm Networks
Founded by seasoned systems, software and semiconductor executives, Lightstorm Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions, allowing high- performance carrier-grade Ethernet networks. We design, develop and supply complete semiconductor solutions, as well as provide hardware and software subsystems. Lightstorm relies on the vast experience of its world-class design team to provide top-quality silicon products to our telecommunications partners. We have an unrivalled wealth of experience in developing networking semiconductor products that are both leading edge and first to market. Our inclusion in international standards bodies and our ability to leverage emerging technologies ensures our products can enable next-generation carrier Ethernet services.