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Arista introduces enhanced network application platforms

Arista introduces enhanced network application platforms

Arista Networks has announced the Arista 7130L Series, the next generation ultra-low latency, high-precision network application platform, with deterministic five nanosecond switching and virtually undetectable jitter.

The 7130L Series consolidates FPGA (field-programmable gate array) based network applications, notably MetaMux, which enables lower latency data aggregation and is ideal for connecting electronic trading platforms directly to exchanges and MetaWatch for tapping and aggregating time-stamped packets for data analysis or compliance.

This is the first platform Arista is launching based on the Metamako acquisition, announced in September 2018. In addition to running Arista’s own suite of network apps, Arista development kits and IP Cores enable customers to rapidly develop and deploy their own high-performance network applications on the 7130L Series leveraging the latest in FPGA technology from the Xilinx UltraScale+ family.

“We are delighted to introduce our latest FPGA-based 7130 Series,” said Martin Hull, Associate Vice President, Systems Engineering and Platforms.

“These products combine ultra-low latency switching with the latest generation of highly programmable FPGAs and proven Arista network applications to address the demand for increased configurability in the network while delivering the lowest possible latencies.”

Along with market-leading FPGA functionality the L Series combines rich Layer 1+ network functions on the same device, to reduce complexity and cost, including signal regeneration, port mirroring and media conversion.

Leveraging FPGA technology for demanding network applications

The 7130L Series platform is optimised for a range of Arista network applications including MetaMux and MetaWatch. MetaMux, has gained a performance boost with the launch of the 7130L Series. MetaMux can now perform data aggregation in a market-leading average of 39 nanoseconds.

It provides a flexible range of easy to configure multiplexer (mux) modes from 48:1 down to multiple 4:1 instances. The MetaWatch application now provides time-stamping at sub-nanosecond accuracy. This granularity enhances capture, in-depth monitoring and network analytics for the most demanding applications.

Enabling custom applications 

The Arista 7130L Series makes custom applications easy to deploy. Arista development toolkits enable complete and unrestricted access to the facilities in the FPGAs. Arista provides built-in application frameworks allowing developers to wrap applications into simple packages streamlining operational processes.

Arista MOS provides system monitoring, FPGA image management and other critical resources to allow developers to concentrate on their core application value.

Key features of the 7130L Series include:

  • Leveraging FPGA technology with MetaMux for electronic trading application order entry with lower latency 39ns multiplexing
  • High accuracy timestamps on 48 ports aggregated to 32GB of non-blocking deep buffer memory with MetaWatch simplifying tap-aggregation infrastructure
  • Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGAs providing 50% more interfaces, higher fabric capacity and memory for the development and deployment of sophisticated in-line network applications
  • Arista supported development toolkits and IP Cores for custom application development


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