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10/21/2013 - Spirent Solutions Test Performance and Scale of Huawi's Core Routers

Spirent, Huawei join EANTC to showcase the industry's first public 400G per slot fully loaded core router test

Sunnyvale, California – (October 21, 2013) – Spirent Communications, the leading provider of testing solutions for communications networks, services and devices, announced today that it joined network equipment vendor, Huawei and independent testing lab, EANTC (European Advanced Networking Test Center) to conduct a large scale, high density 6.4 terabit/second core router test. This test verified the performance, scalability and resiliency of Huawei's NetEngine 5000E core router with a fully loaded 400 GbE line card. The test will be showcased during Huawei's IP Technology Gala on October 21, 2013 and the Broadband World Forum on October 22-24, 2013 in Amsterdam.

Showcase Highlights

The objective of the test was to validate that Huawei's core router meets the exploding mobile data traffic requirements of Tier 1 service provider backbone networks. The test cases were created by experienced project managers from EANTC and included four main areas: line card and chassis forwarding performance, router resiliency, service functionality testing and power consumption.

The NE5000E was fully loaded with 400G line cards and contained 32 100GbE, 10 40GbE, and 280 10GbE ports. Testing successfully forwarded 125 Trillion packets and the product's power consumption was as low as 8106 Watts. Reliability testing validated non-stop routing (NSR). The testing results also showed that NE5000E can realize convergence of 10,000 IS-IS routes in mere 150 milliseconds.

The test bed leveraged Spirent's high density 100G test modules with the industry's first and only CFP2 optical transceiver support. The Spirent TestCenter software along with SPT-N11U chassis provided the test capabilities needed to configure and run high scale emulation and packet forwarding performance tests. With support for unprecedented realism through topology emulation and multi-protocol scale testing, Spirent TestCenter's configuration tools and intelligent real time analysis helped complete the test.

Executive Quotes

"Spirent provided multiple of its latest generation SPT-N11U platforms with high density 100G test modules and performed very well in this test," said Marvin Liu, Project Manager of Huawei. "While conducting the test of NetEngine 5000E Core router, Spirent's solution allowed us to plan, execute test cases and monitor the result more efficiently and more effectively in this productive test environment."

"Verifying core router performance at 100G speeds is critical for Tier 1 service providers and Huawei successfully passed all 19 test cases, which shows its leadership in the 400G era," said Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director, EANTC. "Spirent's solutions help us accurately validate the Huawei's performance, scale and redundancy claims."

"The explosion of traffic on the backbone networks is driving service providers to deploy super-efficient core routers that deliver high bandwidth and density with the lowest power consumption," said Angus Robertson, Vice President of Marketing, Networks & Applications Segment at Spirent Communications. "Spirent's newest hardware is specially designed to validate performance and scale of the new super-core routers with support for CFP2. We are delighted to leverage our latest platform to help Huawei not only verify the capabilities and performance of its new NE5000E core router, but to do so efficiently and cost effectively."

For more information on Spirent's high density, high scale solution as well as the new hardware solutions visit, www.spirentfederal.com/stc.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

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