ADLINK: new open modular architecture for industrial cloud computing

ADLINK introduced Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture (MICA), a new industrial IOT architecture for commercial off-the-shelf platforms featuring a design aimed at optimizing performance, cost and space requirements for the next generation of industrial IOT solutions. ADLINK’s MICA industrial-grade platform is designed to support the native virtualization requirements for software-defined networking and network function virtualization, while integrating a wide range of the latest hardware acceleration technologies to boost the processing of network packets and video streams. All this functionality is offered on an open, modular computing architecture, allowing users to redefine resource allocation for cloud computing applications.

The strategy behind MICA platforms is to introduce the latest data center technology to industrial telecom computing. The MICA name implies the main characteristics of the platform: modular design, industrial carrier-grade features, and cloud-oriented design.

The MICA platform is an Application Ready Intelligent Platform (ARIP) for industrial cloud computing. It supports ADLINK’s PacketManager, network traffic management software that accelerates and enriches packet processing capabilities on telecom, networking, and security equipment. It also supports ADLINK’s MediaManager software, designed to provide the fastest possible performance for video editing and processing, media conversion, streaming, playback, and video conferencing.

MICA adopts an innovative modular design for upgraded scalability and flexibility. Customers can choose from different functional modules (compute, switch, storage, and IO modules) depending on their specific application requirements to build a highly tailored computing platform. The hybrid design allows customers to mix and match between 1/4 and 1/2-width slot compute nodes in order to scale the number of independent systems with different processing capacities in the platform, as needed.

MICA adopts industrial-grade design for higher density, rich I/O capacity, PCIe backplane throughput, and lower latency. All modules offer redundancy and hot-plugging. In addition, IO modules support advanced LAN bypass features, and – in order to meet the high bandwidth requirements of future 5G networks – each computing module is designed to support dual 64G bandwidth, with even higher bandwidth support available through expansion IO cards.

MICA is designed for industrial cloud computing with native virtualization for SDN/NFV. For SDN, MICA switch modules use larger TCAM tables to implement L2/L3/L4 fast packet forwarding using OpenFlow. For NFV, MICA switch modules and network cards support hardware-accelerated processing for NVGRE and VXLAN tunnel protocols. MICA designs also integrate a wide range of the latest hardware acceleration technologies to boost the processing of network packets and video streams. MICA provides computing modules based on Intel Core/Xeon and other processor-based boards, switch modules, storage modules and IO modules, and can be easily customized and scaled based on customer needs. MICA platforms provide variety of rack-mount form factors, like 2U, 4U and many others, truly scalable from rack mount to rack scale, enabling different computing capacity for different stages of a project.

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