Celoxica's DK Design Suite Speeds Development of CESNET's IPv6 Services

12/5/2005 - Celoxica (AIM: CXA) announced the large scale deployment of its system-level design technologies supporting rapid development of advanced internet protocol (IP) services such as IP version 6 (IPv6) and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS).

CESNET research team in the Czech Republic are using Celoxica's DK Design Suite to develop firmware used in programmable hardware accelerators based on off-the-shelf programmable logic devices and implement the very complex protocols needed for IPv6 enabled applications. Celoxica's platform abstraction layer API will be used to allow application reuse across different programmable hardware platforms without additional development. The intellectual property created will be made available to other IPv6 development teams though open-source licensing.

IPv6 is intended to solve the address limitations of IPv4, with too few IP addresses available for the future demand of device connectivity that now includes mobile phones, computing devices and mobile networks. Currently IPv4 supports only 4.2 billion addresses, which is inadequate for giving one address to every person, much less support the burgeoning market for fixed and wireless connected devices. IPv6 addresses this problem by supporting 340 undecillion (1036) addresses and gives the opportunity for high performance value added applications such as hardware accelerated virus scanning, spam filtering, content blocking and real-time video and HDTV over IP.

"CESNET is one of the world leaders in IPv6 network deployments and we have been intensively working on the development of specialized programmable network PCI cards to accelerate IPv6 network traffic monitoring and packet routing", said "Jirí Novotný, leader of CESNET activity Programmable hardware and system architect of Liberouter. "By using C-based design to create firmware for our network accelerators, not only can we quickly implement the complex algorithms and models that are needed, but the IT professionals and end users who are familiar with C-based design can customize and tune the network devices themselves."

Called 'COMBO', the family of wire speed IPv6 network accelerator platforms developed by CESNET utilizes TI embedded processors and Spartan 3, Virtex II, Virtex II Pro and Virtex 4FX FPGA devices from Xilinx, with either PCI or PCI Express interconnect. Programmed using Celoxica's DK Design Suite the COMBO family gives developers the possibility to work with "open-hardware" and use it in the same way as open-source software. Celoxica's Platform Abstraction Layer (PAL) open-API means that the same developers can create IPv6 enabled applications and IP to a single set of interfaces and independent of board level detail.

"IPv6 provides the plug and play convergence layer needed between applications and the Internet and its deployment is critical to realizing the promise of smart, connected devices in the home, work place and on the move," Jeff Jussel, vice president of worldwide marketing for Celoxica. "Our design solutions mean we can not only accelerate the performance of IPv6 enabled applications, but deliver them to the end user faster and support wider development though open source provision."

About Celoxica
A leader in electronic system level design (ESL), Celoxica is enabling the next generation of advanced electronic products by producing tools, boards, IP and services that turn software into silicon. Celoxica technology raises design abstraction to the algorithm level, accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by generating semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions. Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world's most widely used C-based behavioral design and synthesis solutions to companies developing semiconductor products in markets such as consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security. Celoxica is a publicly traded company on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CXA.

CESNET was founded by universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. It is currently financed primarily by its members and the Research and Development Council. The association operates and develops CESNET2, the national gigabit optical network intended for research and education, and participates in the research and development of information and communication technologies. Thanks to its research activities and achieved results, the CESNET association represents the Czech Republic in the European GN2 project, as well as in other international projects. Among other countries, the association currently cooperates with Canada, the Netherlands, and the USA on the construction of GLIF (Global Lambda Integrated Facility), a global lambda network whose Czech section is called CzechLight.

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