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 switches 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:
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.
Timing is critical in today's financial, cloud, security and HPC monitoring systems. It is important to be able to measure significant 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)
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.
|MayStreet delivers advanced market access and data analytics technology. Metamako devices allow taps, capture and timestamping to be reliably aggregated into MayStreet applications.|
|Velocimetrics provide data analytics dashboards in real-time. Metamako devices allow taps, capture and timestamping to be reliably aggregated into Velocimetrics appliances.|
|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 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 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)|