Cisco reveals Australian contribution to ASR 1000 super-router

Cisco has revealed that Australian researchers developed some of the technology for its new ASR 1000 router.

Australian researchers developed the Session Border Control (SBC) features in Cisco’s new Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000, a device the company is using as the tool to strike deeper relationships with carriers.

Speaking in Sydney yesterday Kevin Bloch, Cisco’s Director, Technology and Business Solutions, said that increasing use of networks makes the new router necessary.

"Driving the growth of the network and IP traffic growth is social networking sites like You Tube that uploads 10 hours of video every minute, and is now used 24x7 as a permanent political campaign vehicle, a fact even recognised by the NSW Liberal party," said Bloch. Cisco itself increased its bandwidth needs last year by 200 %.

Of the ASR 1000, Bloch said "I believe this is a category killer and the most powerful piece of silicon today. The ASR has one chip which has 160 processors on it."

The ASR 1000 Series also features software virtualization to enable "instant-on" provisioning and simultaneous use of a wide range of service functionality, including firewall, IP security virtual private networks (IPSec VPNs), deep-packet inspection (DPI) and Session Border Control (SBC).

"Such broad-ranging embedded capabilities eliminate the need to deploy multiple single-function appliances in addition to a router, offering dramatic savings in capital costs, operations expenses and reducing users' carbon footprints," said Bloch.

The ten-person R&D team in Sydney was responsible for the SBC and this was achieved with a lot of collaboration with other ASR 1000 team members around the globe. The SBC's function is to manage voice and data with services such as prevention of theft of services, bandwidth management, NAT (Network Address Transfer) transversal, billing, DOS detection and prevention and it is IPv4 and IPv6 capable.

In addition, The ASR 1000 Series features Cisco IOS XE software, a virtualized Cisco IOS implementation optimized for compact routers at the edge to deliver in-service software upgrades and software redundancy in a form factor much smaller than previously possible. Cisco invested $250 million U.S. over more than five years in the research and development of the Cisco ASR 1000 Series. The company did not comment on when it expected to recoup its R&D costs.

It has signed up its first customer, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and one of the Australian telcos is trialling the ASR 1000 now.

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