Deep packet inspection key in Intel network aggregation demo

Leipzig, Germany-based ipoque said its deep packet inspection (DPI) software library can be used to help mobile operators classify Internet traffic at the application level, in turn enabling them to provide delay-sensitive apps--such as mobile video and VoIP--with all necessary bandwidth across Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE networks, simultaneously.

This use case for ipoque's Protocol & Application Classification Engine (PACE) was demonstrated last week by Intel Labs' research engineers at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 in San Francisco. By integrating the PACE DPI software library into a virtual connection that aggregates multiple wireless networks into a single IP "smart pipe," Intel's researchers aim to give users more bandwidth and a better experience for predefined applications and protocols.

The smart pipe server is used in small cells as a mobile Internet access gateway and allocates all bandwidth available across all wireless networks to prioritized applications such as Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube. In addition, the pipe enables seamless handover across the networks for VoIP calls, ensuring a customer's service is never interrupted. For example, VoIP calls and video streaming are handed over to cellular seamlessly as soon as Wi-Fi quality drops, ipoque said.

The company said the Intel-developed prototype "enables network operators to offer their subscribers guaranteed, seamless and uninterrupted mobile Internet access by detecting VoIP calls or video streaming sessions and informing the client on the laptop, tablet or smartphone device to connect to both networks simultaneously, offering all available bandwidth on both networks at the same time."

"PACE can be deployed within days and offers infrastructure vendors accelerated time to market and easy integration in any hardware platform for any kind of network application, such as small cell nodes, mobile gateway access solutions, policy enforcement solutions, monitoring solutions for real-time reporting and troubleshooting, firewalls, and many other network solutions," said Hendrik Schulze, ipoque CEO and co-founder.

A Rohde & Schwarz company since 2011, ipoque has supplied network intelligence and policy control products to more than 200 broadband operator customers in more than 60 countries.

 For more:
- see this ipoque release

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