The original press release by BMBF was titled "Zugangsnetz wird fit für Triple Play."
The title says "access networks get ready for triple play", i.e. the convergence of voice, video, and data services is to be supported not only by customer premises equipment and the network backbone, but also by the access network in between these parts. A DSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) as shown by us at the show is an example of such an access network node. This work is part of the PlaNetS (Platforms for Networked Services) research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is a joint effort of Infineon Technologies, Fraunhofer ESK, and University of Paderborn.
We show an initial NOVA (Network Optimized Versatile Architecture) prototype at the CeBIT'06 trade fair in Hannover, Germany, at the booth of the BMBF in exhibition hall 9, in March 2006. The prototype consists of four processing elements and their subsystem (local memories and coprocessors), shared memory, and four fast Ethernet network interfaces. The network application is described in Click and firmware is generated by using our code generator CRACC. The system is implemented on a Xilinx FPGA-based rapid prototyping system from the University of Paderborn, and the surrounding application scenario (convergence of voice, video, and internet, "triple play" for short) is provided by Fraunhofer ESK. The shown firmware implements Quality-of-Service including flow classification, metering, and strict priority-based packet scheduling. The shown platform is targeted at Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs).
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