Dancing in Traffix
By blueprints on Mar 28, 2011
We published an interesting article last week that would seem to have a narrow focus, but in fact covers some fundamental architectural principles that I suspect you can apply to your enterprise.
As Wikipedia puts it, Diameter is an authentication, authorization and accounting protocol for computer networks, and a successor to RADIUS. In fact, its name is a pun on radius. Diameter provides backward compatibility, with additional functionality. Diameter is twice the radius ... get it? Traffix Systems is the leading Diameter protocol solutions vendor. This paper shows how our lab rats optimized Traffix Systems' Long Term Evolution (LTE) Traffix Diameter Load Balancer and Traffix Diameter Router using features of Oracle's software and hardware. This results in all the things you want to hear: greater throughput and resiliency, while reducing hardware and software costs. The latter is what your IT Manager and CFO want to hear.
The same things that helped in this instance will benefit most other solutions. The solution is built on top of Oracle Solaris Cluster to provide both high availability and load balancing. Performance gains result from the intelligent use of Oracle Solaris Containers and Oracle Solaris' ability to squeeze the most out of multithreaded applications on our T-Series servers. Finally, there is something even more fundamental: the optimized TCP/IP stack on Oracle Solaris, which results in better network performance. Combine these the right way – or as Burt Gummer put it in Tremors, 'A few household chemicals in the proper proportions' – and you have a plan!
So, for a great read with some interesting test results, don't miss Orgad Kimchi's How Traffix Systems Optimized Its LTE Diameter Load Balancing and Routing Solutions Using Oracle Hardware and Software.