Spirent adds scalable application protocol emulation for QoE testing

MAY 22, 2009 -- The new Scalable Application Protocol Emulation Engine (SAPEE) enables build, import, and re-creation of proprietary protocols and transactions for testing Layer 2-7 applications.

MAY 22, 2009 -- Spirent Communications plc (search Lightwave for Spirent), a network, services, and devices test equipment provider, has announced new functionality that supports the emulation of a number of stateful application protocols, allowing test engineers to create advanced custom traffic profiles on Spirent TestCenter and Spirent Avalanche. The new Scalable Application Protocol Emulation Engine (SAPEE) enables test engineers and system architects to build, import, or recreate proprietary protocols and transactions with full editing and modification capabilities for testing Layer 2-7 applications.

Spirent has designed the SAPEE platform addresses the changing protocol mix faced by enterprise and cloud computing networks as well as network equipment manufacturers and service providers. The emulation engine accelerates testing by allowing users to quickly add preloaded profiles from an extensive library, which will initially include applications such as BitTorrent, peer-to-peer, Skype, instant messaging, database access, and other traffic flows.

Says Ahmed Murad, general manager, Multimedia Applications Solutions Group at Spirent Communications, "SAPEE represents the first front-end traffic re-creation solution designed to tackle virtually any requirement by extending the reach of testing into nontraditional, emerging, and next-generation protocols as well as the ones already supported by Spirent Avalanche. This combination gives users the means to test all aspects of a content delivery network today without waiting for specific developments to meet their needs down the road."

SAPEE has been created to bring the realism of live networks into the development and predeployment environment. Spirent Avalanche allows network engineers and system designers to generate line-rate stateful traffic at multiple 10-Gbps capacities, allowing trunk ports to be directly tested.

The tool supports all major protocols, including HTTP 1.0/1.1, HTTPS, FTP, streaming media, IPv6, voice (SIP), mail (SMTP/POP3), DNS, SSL, Telnet, 802.1Q VLAN tagging, IPSec, 802.1x, PPPoE, RTMP, CIFS, network attacks, and numbers applications via the SAPEE function.

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