MetaWatch

Data Capture & Analytics

MetaWatch is a powerful application designed for Metamako's high performance K-Series devices which simplifies network data capture, monitoring and analytics. It combines several components of a traditional network monitoring solution into one powerful device:

  • Tapping
  • Tap Aggregation
  • Precise Time Synchronisation
  • Nanosecond-resolution Timestamping
  • Deep Buffering

 

MetaWatch provides all of these features with virtually no impact on the monitored network performance, and enabling a seamless stream of timestamped frames to storage and analytics tools. MetaWatch is a pre-packaged, qualified, calibrated solution, giving customers confidence that they are capturing and timestamping all data on the network. MetaWatch replaces: 

  • 30 passive optical taps;
  • an aggregation and timestamping switch;
  • media converters, patch panels, and all other Layer 1 switch use cases.

MetaWatch is available on Metamako K-Series devices which have an embedded Xilinx Virtex 7 FPGA.

Deep Buffering

Dependable capture

Data flow is unpredictable, and relentless. Spikes in network traffic result in microbursts or longer peaks which are a perennial problem for most packet brokers or aggregation switchdes which, by their very design, are deliberately over-subscribed. Available buffer capacity can easily be overwhelmed, resulting in lost packets.

MetaWatch brings an aggregated 300Gbps ingress down to a 20 Gpbs (2x10GbE) egress rate. Incoming frames are buffered in up to 32GB of memory within the device before being aggregated and delivered to downstream capture devices. Moreover, MetaWatch implements industry-standard IEEE flow control on egress ports, allowing congested downstream capture appliances to leverage the deep buffering available and "push back" rather than drop frames thus regulating the rate at which frames are delivered to them. 

The MetaWatch application contains two 15:1 buffered, aggregated port group instances:

Deep Buffering

 

Benefits of MetaWatch deep buffering: 

  • absorb microbursts and over-subscription over an extended period;
  • allow downstream capture devices to mitigate packet loss when they are
  • increase over-subscription, reducing the number of expensive downstream capture ports
  • significantly reduce the probability of dropped frames
  • no need to continuously upgrade capture or analytics platforms to match growing data traffic demands.

Precision Timestamping

Dependable timing

Timing is critical in today's financial, cloud, security and HPC monitoring systems. It is important to be able to measure signiificant events as accurately as possible. MetaWatch's true 1ns timestamp resolution offers the best solution.

To give an example, timing and time synchronisation has been recognised as key to financial market transparency by regulators - be it in regards to the European MiFID II regulations or the US equivalent expected to move to similarly strict rules. ( >> Download our "MiFID II - Timestamping" Brief)

Nanoseconds are the difference between success and failure and understanding the timing of events in trading systems is critical to success. 
Optional high-stability oven-controlled Oscillator (OXCO) or Rubidium (Rb) atomic clock modules are available as an upgrade providing improvements in oscillator accuray and holdover stability.
 
"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."

Compatibility

Work with partners

MetaWatch adds information to each packet to record time and other metadata. Several different analytics and capture products can ingest these timestamps off the shelf. 

Wireshark is a free open-source tool and widely-used network protocol analyzer. Metamako devices allow for timestamping metadata to be aggregated into WireShark. (Requires latest stable release)
MayStreet MayStreet delivers advanced market access and data analytics technology. Metamako devices allow taps, capture and timestamping to be reliably aggregated into MayStreet applications.
Velocimetrics   Velocimetrics provide data analytics dashboards in real-time. Metamako devices allow taps, capture and timestamping to be reliably aggregated into Velocimetrics appliances.
Corvil   Corvil provides a streaming machine-time analytics platform. Metamako allows for many ports to be aggregated into a single Corvil appliance, while integrating tapping, aggregation and synchronisation functionality.
Solarflare network monitoring and analysis   Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural-class networks. From silicon to firmware to software, it provides a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed, ultra scale, software defined datacenters.

Wireshark   Wireshark is a free open-source tool and widely-used network protocol analyzer. Metamako devices allow for timestamping metadata to be aggregated into WireShark. (Requires latest stable release)