Post-Silicon Impact: Simics* Helps the Next Generation of Network Transformation and Migration to a Software-Defined Network (SDN)

This article focuses on post-silicon usage of Simics, and discusses the huge potential for this technology to impact the ongoing network transformation. Today the speed of growth and demand for infrastructure requires infrastructure vendors refresh designs and innovate at a much faster pace than before. This opens a huge trend towards a software-defined network (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel® ONP). The recent movement builds on the strength of x86 common communication platforms, as well as OS solutions such as Wind River Open Network Software*, and dramatically reduces time to market for infrastructure vendors with reference platform and reference software stacks. The biggest challenge in this transformation is on the software side, because customers need to migrate legacy solutions to the new paradigm. The effort associated with the process to debug, test, and maintain this solution moving forward can be quite daunting. Simics is an essential technology in this ongoing transformation and is nicely positioned to make an impact with support for security, Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), SDN, and Intel ONP as well as a long-term roadmap for future products and technologies.

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