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MIPS64 gains HA middleware port

Oct 21, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Cavium's MIPS64-based Octeon chips gained another software ecosystem partner today, with Enea announcing a port of its Element high-availability (HA) middleware to the architecture. At the ATCA Summit this week in Santa Clara, Calif., Enea unveiled version 3.1 of Element, announced contributions to OpenSAF, and launched a pre-sales support campaign.

Enea's ATCA Summit announcements included:

  • Version 3.1 of Element, featuring ports for Cavium's OCTEON Plus CN58XX family of Multi-core MIPS64 processors, which target intelligent, multi-gigabit networking, control plane, storage, and wireless applications in next-generation equipment, Enea says. Other vendors recently lining up behind the CN58xx chips include Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) provider MontaVista, and Emerson Network Power, a large TEM (telecom equipment manufacturer).
  • Enea will join the OpenSAF Foundation and contribute to the OpenSAF Project, it says. Another recent OpenSAF project joiner is Wind River. (For an excellent paper explaining the relationship between ATCA, CGL, and SAF specifications, try the newly updated SCOPE position paper).
  • “Enea Communications Center,” offering no-charge, on-site, half-day workshops for telecom equipment providers (TEMs) who are evaluating service availability middleware options (commercial and open source)

Commenting on the new 3.1 version of Element, Kontron's Sven Fruedenfeld, director of telecom business, stated, “Element's enhanced services give developers a framework for alarm management that will deliver better alarm reporting and severity level interpretation in the overall platform.”

In other recent news, 400-series PowerPC specialist AMCC yesterday announced an Advanced Mezzanine Card reference design that ships pre-installed with Linux and the nifty Linx IPC software that underpins Element. And, Enea recently helped launch the interesting ICES (Innovative Center for Embedded Systems) in Stockholm.

More information on Enea's several ATCA Summit announcements may be found on its website, here.

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