Argon Blaster Delivers Industry’s First Flow Simulator and Traffic Generator

  Argon Blaster Delivers Industry’s First Flow Simulator and Traffic Generator

   Desktop network and security testing solution shatters price-performance
   metrics using standard Intel Xeon servers accelerated by Netronome Flow

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, England -- November 19, 2012

Argon Design, a leading developer of high-performance software applications
for manycore communications processors today announced the launch of Argon
Blaster™, the industry’s first flow simulation solution for generating
realistic, Internet scale traffic loads and applications to test networking
and security equipment.

Blaster delivers a line-rate, timing-accurate, flow-simulation application on
an affordable PCIe acceleration card for use in standard x86 platforms. This
enables OEMs to cost-effectively distribute a high-performance simulation and
traffic generation solution throughout the engineering organization. This new
approach significantly reduces development time and cost, while simultaneously
increasing product quality.

Blaster is also designed for enterprise and carrier network operators for
performance testing of flow-based cyber security and network analytics
applications. Blaster enables network managers to verify that these systems
are designed and deployed in a manner to match expected network loads.

"High-performance test traffic generation iscriticalto the continued
development of the Vineyard NAVL DPI engine," said Josh Zieske, vice president
of technical operations at Vineyard Networks. "To have any value, high
performance network application testing solutions must be able to model
real-world traffic scenarios accurately. Blaster has thecapabilitieswe need
to provide this accurate network simulation so we can confidently test our
products under intense network stress."

Blaster is a simple-to-use application for custom flow and packet generation
that runs on standard Linux server platforms accelerated by Netronome's flow
processors. Combining a Netronome Flow Engine PCIe acceleration card with an
intelligent software application from Argon Design, Blaster is capable of
saturating a 10 Gbps link with application traffic with accurate, consistent,
per-flow rate control for up to a million unique flows.

“Flow processing has become pervasive in cyber security, network analytics and
software-defined networking designs,” said Steve Barlow, chief technology
officer at Argon Design. “As a result, new, cost effective testing and
simulation tools are required to stress these products in ways not previously

“Argon Design is a recognized leader in software development for engineering
organizations,” said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of marketing and
general manager at Netronome. “Their expertise in the complex requirements
facing developers of sophisticated communications equipment makes them
uniquely qualified to bring this much needed application to market.”


Blaster pricing starts at $9,999, including 12-month warranty and customer

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About Argon Design

Argon Design provides consultancy and design services in multimedia,
multicore, manycore, embedded, network intelligence and imaging. Argon
Designprovidesall aspects of high technology product design and development
for clients ranging from entrepreneurial startups to established multinational
organizations. By remaining commercially and financially independent, Argon
Design ensures that its commercial and technical views remain impartial.

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