Summer Lake Project

Joining Programmability and Broadband Networking


"Summer Lake" is a joint research and development project of Intel and the IDA with the focus on network elements. The goal of this project is to develop a programmable architecure to process WAN protocols, which are traditionally implemented in fixed hardware. Flexibilty, reduced time to market and cost reduction by reusing standard building blocks will be the benefits of a programmable architecure.

Stream-Processing in Optical Networking

Processing stream-based communication protocols means meeting hard real-time constraints while guaranteeing very high throughput. Todays typical broadband networking elements operate between 2.5 Gbps (OC-48) and 10 Gbps (OC-192). But even this is not the bleeding edge, devices running at up to 40 Gbps (OC-768) are deployed today by leading telcos.

Programmable Architecures

Meeting requirements for bleeding edge applications calls for higly specialized processors that employ multiple strategies to cope with the workload. Common among the different architectures are the use of parallellism in execution and a specialized memory structure. On a network processor chances are that you'll find

  • chip multiprocessing (a chip has multiple processors) along with
  • processor multithreading (a processor supports multiple threads thus hiding memory latency) and
  • a non-uniform memory architecture (different execution units have different views of the memory).

A good overview of a high-performance programmable network processor is given in intel Technology Journal Vol 6 Issue 3 [external link - checked 2007-04-20]. For a "cross section" of the network processor landscape in 2003 read Niraj's excellent master thesis on network processors [external link - checked 2007-04-20].


SDH Tutorials

Emerging Standards

Summer Lake, Oregon

If you're looking for the place this project borrowed it's name from, visit [external link - checked 2007-04-20].

Hans-Sommer-Straße 66
38106 Braunschweig

Fon: (0531) 391-3734
Fax: (0531) 391-4587

Anschrift AG Prof. Jukan:

Hans-Sommer-Straße 66
38106 Braunschweig

Fon: (0531) 391-5286
Fax: (0531) 391-5296