Multi-speed ethernet performance test platform for data centres

26-07-2023 | Keysight Technologies | Test & Measurement

Keysight Technologies presents the AresONE-M 800GE, the industry's most comprehensive Layer 1-3 Ethernet performance test platform, supporting data centre interconnect speeds from 10GE to 800GE.

Data-intensive applications like AI, high-resolution video streaming, the IoT, 5G, edge computing, and cloud computing fuel the demand for secure and reliable 800GE network infrastructure. Deploying 800GE into existing network infrastructures creates complex testing challenges for network engineers, who must contend with various new and legacy networking protocols, multiple Ethernet speeds, and a vast array of fibre and copper DCI. To properly validate the performance of network infrastructures and network system designs, equipment manufacturers and network operators must have a flexible test platform to scale to evaluate mixed-speed networks supporting a broad set of connections and network protocols.

The new platform satisfies this requirement by providing the only Layer 1-3 Ethernet networking and infrastructure test solution supporting the most comprehensive DCI speeds from 10GE to 800GE in a single platform. With this range of capabilities, it allows design engineers and data centre operators to validate networking equipment interoperability and bandwidth performance while supporting the transition to 400GE and 800GE networks with the capability to test slower, legacy Ethernet speeds.

The platform uses an integrated physical layer DSP from Credo Technology Group for fast and efficient data transfer with low latency that enables data transit requirements of hyperscalers, enterprises, 5G carriers, and service providers. The Credo chip also optimises power consumption to lower operational costs, minimise heat dissipation, and satisfy energy-efficient standards for advanced networks.

Bill Brennan, president and chief executive officer, Credo Technology Group, said: "Keysight has once again delivered a milestone product with the AresONE-M 800GE, a comprehensive Ethernet Layer 1-3 test platform designed to meet the challenges faced with scaling and supporting next-generation artificial intelligence/machine learning network applications. Credo is proud to collaborate with Keysight on its AresONE-M 800GE platform by providing high-quality merchant silicon solutions supporting data centre interconnect speeds from 10GE to 800GE across a wide variety of physical connections."

Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and general manager, Network Test and Security Solutions, Keysight, said: "At Keysight, we believe industry-standard Ethernet test solutions are an essential and integral part of solving the most complex problems our customers face today. We are extremely proud to introduce the AresONE-M 800GE, the world's highest density, most feature-rich Layer 1-3 800GE test platform that boasts high scale, power efficiency, and performance."


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