Lightstorm Networks Demonstrates Brooklyn-10 Carrier Grade Switch

Lightstorm Networks, enabling next generation packet network services with carrier-grade Ethernet silicon, announced that it demonstrated the diverse set of features and capabilities of the Brooklyn-10, Lightstorm’s carrier-grade 20Gb Layer 2 switch, at the Mobile Backhaul Interoperability test and showcase. The showcase is the advance testing event for the MPLS and Ethernet World Congress opening today in Paris, France. Organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), and supported by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and the IP/MPLS Forum, the demonstration showcases next-generation Mobile Backhaul solutions using carrier Ethernet services over a diverse set of fixed and wireless transport technologies including PBB-TE, T-MPLS, and MPLS. As the only silicon supplier to take part in the event, Lightstorm’s participation signifies not only that purpose-built, configurable silicon can interoperate with these protocols, but that Lightstorm is leading the movement toward second-generation carrier-grade Ethernet networks.

Prior to the protocols for T-MPLS and PBB-TE being defined by standards bodies, most first generation equipment was built using custom solutions through costly NPU programming or internal ASIC/FPGA designs. Now however, the second generation is emerging, complete with clear specifications and standards. This newfound maturity has created a need and objective for purpose-built silicon to replace these internal solutions and provide diverse standards support, stricter enforcement of SLAs, robust OAM, and much greater network scalability – all at a lower cost and higher degree of flexibility than first generation solutions. The configurable silicon of Lightstorm’s Brooklyn-10 gives customers a clear time-to-market advantage over the first-generation network processors, as it incorporates the necessary standards, all with wire rate performance – eliminating the need for system developers to write complex software and manage the service/performance trade-off common in first generation product designs.

“By interoperating with 15 leading system OEMs this demonstration is a great proof point that the Brooklyn-10 is ready for general deployment and ready to tackle the complexities associated with OAM-enabled connection-oriented Ethernet networks,” said Wade Appelman vice president of sales and marketing for Lightstorm Networks. “It also validates the maturity of the PBB-TE (PBT) and T-MPLS carrier Ethernet standards, as well as our own message that the time is right for the market to adopt second-generation platforms for wire rate performance and the latest carrier standards for OAM, SLA enforcement, and massive scalability.”

Lightstorm participated in both the PBB-TE and T-MPLS networks tests using its Brooklyn-10 development system, the first Ethernet switch ASSP purpose-built for the carrier market, which offers the latest carrier Ethernet services at wire-rate speed – without the requirement of complex NPU or FPGA programming. In the PBB-TE environment, Lightstorm has verified interoperability with several OEM systems acting as both an edge and core bridge with multiple trunks and services. In the T-MPLS network, the Brooklyn-10 demonstrated VPLS and VPWS operation with multiple tunnels and services. In each network, the Brooklyn-10 was connected to a subset of participant systems which included Alcatel-Lucent, Ceragon Networks, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Harris Stratex Networks, Huawei Technologies, Ixia, Lightstorm Networks, MRV Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, RAD Data Communications, Spirent Communications, and Telco Systems, a BATM Company. A detailed whitepaper and additional information about the EANTC interoperability test can be found online.

First introduced in September 2007, The Brooklyn-10 is a standards-based solution, purpose-built to allow network equipment providers to enable next-generation carrier Ethernet services.

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.