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Security processors get 64 RISC cores

Oct 27, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Cavium Networks announced the next generation of its Nitrox security processors, supported by a Linux software development kit (SDK). The four new Nitrox III security processors integrate 16 to 64 security RISC cores with compression engines, virtualization hardware, and a PCI-Express Gen 2 interface, and are said to be scalable from 5Gbps to 40Gbps.

"As with the Nitrox II, the Nitrox III processors are designed for enterprise, data center, and service provider equipment such as UTM (unified threat management) gateways, application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization appliances, says Cavium Networks. The chips can also be used in general security-enhanced routers, switches and servers, says the company. (See farther below for more background on Nitrox products.)

"The need for greater performance and lower power usage in high-end networking security equipment is being driven by rapid adoption of data center and cloud computing initiatives, says Cavium. The technology is also said to be motivated by the need to implement new SP 800-57 NIST (National Institute Of Standards and Technology) guidelines calling for doubling key size from 1024 bit to 2048 bit for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption."

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