Network Impairment Emulation

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About Chimera

Chimera represents great value with these top features:

  • True wire-speed impairment @ 100Gbps (plus 50 / 40 /25 & 10Gbps)
  • Ease of use – Chimera is a stand-alone impairment tool that integrates seamlessly with Xena’s Valkyrie traffic generator, letting you speed up your work flow by using the same SW to both generate and impair Ethernet traffic.
  • Highest port density in the industry – plus you can reserve individual port-pairs without blocking access to the others
  • Setting up custom impairment distributions is a breeze
  • Chimera supports a broad range of impairments (latency/jitter, packet & port impairments, flexible distributions, BW shaping etc)
  • Powerful, easy-to-use automation & scripting options
  • A price point 50% below comparable hardware emulators

Chimera makes it easy to emulate network impairment, making it a cost-effective and convenient solution for:

  • Benchmarking
  • Stress testing/ Negative testing
  • “What-if” testing
  • Regression testing

Used to emulate

Latency and jitter in Ethernet traffic

at 10GE, 25GE, 40GE, 50GE and 100GE

NEW White Paper

5G Fronthaul Network Testing Considerations

This White Paper explains why Ethernet impairment testing is crucial in deploying 5G fronthaul networks, and highlights the protocols that need particular attention when optimizing your equipment or application performance in 5G fronthaul networks.

System diagram

Chimera can function as a standalone traffic impairment emulator. Or it can be installed in a Valkyrie chassis to seamlessly add impairment to traffic (up to 100GE) being generated by the other Valkyrie test modules.


Chimera in ValkyrieManager

When a Chimera test module is installed in a ValkyrieBay chassis, ValkyrieManager detects its presence and makes the Chimera’s software options available for adding impairment. This makes it very easy for test engineers to emulate impairment via the same GUI they use for generating the stateless Ethernet traffic.

Chimera impairment flows

This diagram illustrates how the Chimera test module emulates impairment. Incoming traffic enters a flow filter and different types of impairment are then added (as defined in the UI), with each traffic flow being processed in a prioritized order.

Two hardware options

Both options below support impairment emulation at all rates from 10GE to 100GE via a single Chimera test module.

TEST MODULE (Chi-100G-5S-2P)

Chimera is currently available as a 2-slot test module for a ValkyrieBay chassis, the Val-C12-2400G, where ValkyrieManager is used to emulate impairment as part of it standard user-interface.


ChimeraCompact is a standalone version of Chimera where the test module is installed in a quiet desktop-sized chassis.

Chimera Videos

See how easy Ethernet impairment emulation can be

A step-by-step guide to how Chimera works using Xena’s live demo system. You can try this yourself right now.

This Chimera video covers:
1. Downloading & installing the Chimera software
2. Connecting to Xena’s live demo system
3. Configuring the Chimera & Loki test modules,
4. Creating traffic streams and mapping the streams to flows, and
5. Adding impairments to the individual flows.

7 min. 54 secs

How to add some basic types of latency and jitter to Ethernet traffic using Chimera.

This video shows you how to add:
– Constant latency
– Step function
– Uniform jitter
– Gaussian jitter

8 min. 30 secs

How to control bandwidth using Chimera.

Shows you how to use Chimera to limit the bandwidth of Ethernet packet flows passing through a device, using the policers and shapers of the impairment pipeline.

8 min. 31 secs

How to filter flows using Chimera.

Shows how Chimera flow filters are used to map incoming packets to up to 8 different flows per port. Each flow can then be independently impaired.

11 min. 20 secs

5G Fronthaul Testing

How and why Xena’s Chimera impairment emulator can help with performance testing of 5G Fronthaul.

36 min. 53 secs

Latest Features

New features for Chimera

The latest release is Valkyrie 86 which did not contain any significant new features for Chimera. However, Valkyrie 85 included:

  • Support for Chi-40G-2S-2P, the new 2-speed Chimera test module which provides 2 x 40GE ports or 8 x 10GE ports
  • Emulator bypass mode (sub 1 microsecond delay depending on speed, when Chimera is not being used)

See full Release Notes.


Chimera’s SW is bundled together with ValkyrieManager. To download the full package, click the link above. You will be taken to our Support site where you will need to login (or register to do so) before you can download the software.

If you simply want to try Chimera, its quicker and easier to use Chimera on Xena’s live demo system.


All the documentation about Chimera products

ChimeraFactsheet – brief product overviewDatasheet – detailed technical specificationsUser Manual – complete details of how to use Chimera
ValkyrieManagerDatasheetStep by Step GuideWebpage
Scripting CLIDatasheetScripting GuideWebpage

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