MetaApp 32

An adaptable platform that enables intelligence at the network edge.

MetaApp 32 is an adaptable application platform which brings intelligence to the network edge catering to the most demanding and latency critical networks such as high frequency trading and analytics. 

It is multiple devices in one – performing layer 1+ switching in only 5 ns, enabling unrestricted access to an onboard FPGA and containing an x86_64 server MetaApp creating one powerful device that can be used to trade directly with exchanges.  


MetaApp leverages the foundations of MetaConnect, providing layer 1+ configurable features such as dynamic patching, tapping, one-to-many replication, media conversion, packet stats and precise timestamping.In addition MetaMux and MetaFilter applications can be used as a simple extension to MetaApp; providing layer 2 multiplexing/aggregation and filtering. 

MetaApp’s adaptable approach means that the possibilities for the device are limitless. Negligible latency where required, the fastest multiplexing and filtering when required and an application platform for edge networking development. 

Why use MetaApp?

  • Application Platform
    • Develop or load applications on the onboard FPGA and/or x86_64 server;
    • Bring your application logic to the network edge;
    • 10/40GbE networking to provide the building blocks for powerful applications;
  • Compatibility
    • Run applications designed for MetaMux platform including MetaMux and MetaFilter. 
  • Layer 1 performance of MetaConnect:
    • Suitable for latency critical paths with around 5ns latency port to port;
    • Reconfigurable without rewiring - use as a patch panel or kill switch/circuit breaker;
    • Broadcasts one to many in 5ns;
    • Ad-hoc tapping without rewiring;
    • Precise timestamping of packets;
    • Cost savings through the use of less expensive SFP+ and network media - e.g. convert fibre to copper;

Features and Benefits

Application Platform

Develop or load applications on the onboard FPGA and/or x68_64 server bringing your application logic to the network edge. Use existing development tools to build FPGA applications. 

Powerful hardware features 32GB RAM, external PCI Express, board management, integrated storage and integrated 10/40GbE networking provide the building blocks for powerful applications.
Compatibility Run applications developed for the MetaMux platform including MetaMux and MetaFilter.
Integrated layer 1 switching Patching, media conversion, tapping, replication, packet statistics. Wire-once to reduce visits to the data centre. Use Layer 1 broadcast to implement a return path with a latency of just 5 ns and virtually no jitter. 

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Applications Platform
  • 5 ns latency with virtually no jitter
  • 32 ports connected to layer 1+ switch
  • External PCI Express connectivity
  • Four built-in 10GbE/40GbE interfaces
  • Two front-panel 2.5" SATA drive bays suitable for SSD
  • VGA output
  • Extensive time syncronisation infrastructure
  • Application development via MOS
  • Compatible with any MetaMux applications
  • Sample applications and development kit
  • Choose, MOS or CentOS 7 operating systems

Layer 1
  • 5 ns latency with virtually no jitter
  • Non-blocking matrix switching fabric
  • SFP/SFP+ ports from 100M-11.3Gbps
  • Bit-for-bit forwarding for any protocol
  • Unlimited port-to-port mirroring with regeneration
  • Multiple independent links through the device are supported at different
  • High performance signal recovery, regeneration and conditioning (EDC on input,
    CDR on input and output)

  • Multiplexing (32:1 or 2 x 16:1) in 99 ns for 10GbE (1GbE to follow)
  • Packet statistics without affecting the 5 ns layer 1 performance
  • Precise packet timestamping
  • Packet capture

Cable Compatibility
  • Compatible with SR, LR, ZR and LRM SFP/SFP+ modules and
    direct attach cables
  • Drive any MSA compliant SFP/SFP+ module
  • Works with long list of third-party SFP/SFP+ modules (see FAQ)
  • 100M,1GbE, 10GbE and many others

Redundancy & Data Center
  • 1 rack unit (1RU)
  • Dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies (DS460S)
  • Dual redundant, hot-swappable fans
  • Fan and power supply replacement kits are available
  • Front-to-back or back-to-front air flow

  • Packet statistics captured on every port (valid packets, invalid packets, link state)
  • Eye diagram for monitoring and troubleshooting signal quality
  • Front panel LEDs for port activity and status
  • Ports can be “sniffed” via the management system
  • Precise timestamping without additional latency (via port tapping - see use cases
    for more details) or on egress port at approximately 300ns for non-latency critical paths
  • Fully managed SFP+ interface diagnostics including light levels, temperature and voltages

Management Platform
  • Quad-core, hyperthreaded x86-64 CPU
  • 4GB RAM, on-board SSD
  • Industry standard command line interface (serial/SSH/telnet)
  • Web-based GUI
  • Linux based (shells, scripting, Python, RPMs etc.)
  • Binary compatibility with other x86-64 based Linux systems
  • Firmware restore and update via USB, serial and network
  • A future software release will provide a switch subsystem API and allow user applications to run in a VM

management Protocols
  • HTTP/S, SSH, telnet
  • Serial console
  • PTP, NTP
  • SNMP v1, v2, v3
  • DHCP
  • Network boot via TFTP*
  • Local and remote syslog
  • RADIUS and TACAS+ authentication

*Available in a future software release

operating environment
  • Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
  • Humidity: 10% to 85%, non-condensing
  • Maximum altitude: 3000m (9800ft)

physical and electrical
  • Dimensions (h x w x d): 4.3 x 44.8 x 37.9cm (1.7 x 17.6 x 14.9in)
  • Weight: ~8kg (17.6lbs), depending on configuration
  • Maximum power: 290W
  • AC voltage range: 100-240V, AC frequency: 50/60Hz
  • DC voltage range: 40-72V

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