Valkyrie

Stateless Ethernet traffic generation and analysis

USED BY:

NEMs
Government
Defense
Automotive
Aerospace
Energy & Utility
Finance
Academia

SCRIPTING:

CLI
RestAPI

TECHNOLOGIES:

1-100G Ethernet (NRZ)
50-400G Ethernet (PAM4)
Network Security
Automotive and TSN

TEST APPLICATIONS:

Performance Testing
Functional Testing
Quality of Service
Security
Convergence

About Valkyrie

Valkyrie is a full-featured Layer 2-3 stateless traffic generator and analysis platform. It is used to configure and generate Ethernet traffic up at all speeds up to 400GE, and analyze how network devices and services perform in response, making it perfect for most lab-based data-plane test scenarios.

Valkyrie offers a choice of two chassis that can be equipped with an extensive range of copper and optical Gigabit Ethernet test modules supporting all Ethernet speeds up to 400GE, including 2.5GE, 5GE, 25GE and 50GE.

The chassis and test modules are controlled via ValkyrieManager, a Windows GUI client provided for ad-hoc test execution, and remote management of test equipment located in multiple locations. Also included are standalone applications for automated RFC 2544, Y.1564, RFC 2889 and RFC 3918 testing.

Configure and generate Ethernet traffic at

all speeds up to 400GE

EXAMPLE OF USE

Government and Defense

When you are entrusted with national security and providing vital services to the general public, you need reliable test equipment with a documented track record for accuracy and efficiency.

EXAMPLE OF USE

Network Equipment Manufacturers

NEMs face the challenge of efficiently developing innovative products that can “do more with less”, using the latest technology. The stakes are high which means delivering these products – on schedule – requires rigorous testing of myriad parameters throughout the product development cycle.

System diagram

The Valkyrie tester connects to the Device Under test (DUT) and is managed by the ValkyrieManager client application on a PC. All configuration settings and results are stored locally on the PC (not on the tester). Multiple users in multiple locations can use the same Valkyrie tester simultaneously.

Valkyrie Software

ValkyrieManager

This is the main software application for Valkyrie – a Windows-based client that you use to configure and generate streams of Ethernet traffic between your Valkyrie tester and Devices Under Test (DUTs), and then analyze the results.

Valkyrie2544

Valkyrie2544 fully supports the 4 test-types specified in RFC2544. There are extensive configuration options, support for single stream and multi-stream testing and you can define protocol layers supported by the test (Ethernet, Customer and Service VLANs, IP and UDP) precisely the way you want.

Valkyrie2889

Valkyrie2889 lets you accurately benchmark the performance of Layer 2 LAN switches according to RFC 2889 tests incl. all throughput and forwarding rate tests, congestion control, address caching capacity, address learning rate, broadcast frame forwarding and latency, forward pressure and maximum forwarding rate.

Valkyrie3918

Valkyrie3918 makes it easy to do advanced IP multicast network testing using various frame sizes, either as in-test variations or as multiple test-runs each using a fixed frame size. Unicast and multicast traffic can be configured to use the exact protocol headers needed. All fields in the protocol headers can be modified.

Valkyrie1564

Valkyrie1564 makes it easy to validate Ethernet service-level agreements (SLAs) in a single test per Y.1564. It supports multiple protocols per UNI (Ethernet, Customer and Service VLANs, MPLS, IPv4, IPv6, and UDP) and you can define Per-UNI or per-CoS bandwidth profiles, and specify CoS-to-DSCP mapping.

ValkyrieCLI

ValkyrieCLI is a command-line-interface scripting API with hundreds of scriptable parameters to make test automation easier. Any client platform can be used (e.g. Tcl, Perl, Python, Java, Ruby and VBA). ValkyrieCLI supports multiple concurrent scripting sessions by different users in different locations.

ValkyrieTimeSynch

ValkyrieTimeSynch is a feature that enables multiple Xena testers to synchronize their local time to each other. This can be used for One-Way Latency (OWL) measurements between two test chassis, synchronized traffic start between multiple chassis and accurate time-stamping of captured packets in exported PCAP files.

Two chassis options

Valkyrie test modules can be mounted in either a 4U ValkyrieBay which has 12 modular slots, or the easy-to-transport ValkyrieCompact with one fixed slot.

One 4U ValkyrieBay can hold up to:

  • 6 x 400-GigE (QSFP-DD) LR4/SR4/CR4
  • 12 x 200-GigE (QSFP56) DR4/SR4/FR4/LR4/CWDM4/CR4 (6 CR8)
  • 24 x 100-GigE LR4/SR4/CDWM4 /CR4/SR2/CR2/DR (8 x SR10)
  • 48 x 50-GigE LR2/SR2/CR2
  • 24 x 40-GigE LR4/SR4/CR4
  • 96 x 25G LR/SR/CR
  • 144 x 10-GigE optical ports, 72 copper ports
  • 72 x 5 GigE copper ports
  • 72 x 2.5 GigE copper ports
  • 72 x GigE copper/optical ports

Dimensions
– W:19” (48.26cm)
– H: 7” (17.78cm)
– D: 19.7” (50cm)
– Weight: 36.4lbs (16.5kg)

a 1U ValkYrieCompact can provide:

  • 1 x 400 GigE (DR4/FR8/LR8)
  • 2 x 200 GigE (DR4/SR4/FR4/LR4/CR4)
  • 4 x 100 GigE (SR2/CR2),  2 x 100 GigE (LR4/SR4/CDWM4/CR4), 1 x 100 GigE (SR10)
  • 2 x 50-GigE LR2/SR2 optical, CR2 electrical
  • 1 (LR4) / 2 (SR4) / 2 (QSFP+) x 40-GigE
  • 4 x 25G LR/SR optical, CR electrical
  • 6 x 10-GigE copper/optical ports
  • 6 x 5 GigE copper ports
  • 6 x 2.5 GigE copper ports
  • 6 x GigE copper/optical ports

Dimensions
– W: 19” (48.26cm)
– H: 1.75” (4.45cm)
– D: 9.8” (25cm)
– Weight: 10lbs (4.5kg)

Valkyrie Test Modules

Xena offers test modules for all the Ethernet speeds up to 400GE. Click the speed you want to test to see our current range.

Valkyrie 1GE Test Modules

Odin-1G-3S-6P

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10/100/1000M ports

A 6-port test module that supports SFP transceivers.

Odin-1G-3S-6P-E

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10/100/1000M

An enhanced version of the Odin-1G-3S-6P – 256 transmit streams (instead of 32), 6 modifiers per stream (instead of 2) and support for Priority Flow Control.

Valkyrie 2.5GE Test Modules

The new 2.5GE and 5.0GE standards are designed to ease congestion at Wi-Fi access points by boosting performance by up to 500% while reusing existing Cat5e/Cat6 cabling.

This makes them much cheaper than upgrading to 10GE.

To help the many Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) preparing to launch 2.5GE & 5.0GE networking devices, Xena offers the Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU test module which can test both 2.5GE and 5.0GE, as well as 10GE, 1GE and 100 Mbps – all via the same device and using the same software.

This makes it ideal for quickly and cost-effectively validating 2.5GE and 5.0GE performance on any device or network.

Odin-5G-4S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 5.0GE ports
6 x 2.5GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports five speeds incl. 5.0 and 2.5GE.

Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10GE ports
6 x 5.0GE ports
6 x 2.5GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports five speeds incl. 5.0 and 2.5GE.

Valkyrie 5GE Test Modules

The new 5.0GE and 2.5GE standards are designed to ease congestion at Wi-Fi access points by boosting performance by up to 500% while reusing existing Cat5e/Cat6 cabling.

This makes them much cheaper than upgrading to 10GE.

To help the many Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) preparing to launch 2.5GE & 5.0GE networking devices, Xena offers the Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU test module which can test both 5.0 and 2.5GE, as well as 10GE, 1GE and 100 Mbps – all via the same device and using the same software.

This makes it ideal for quickly and cost-effectively validating 5.0GE and 2.5GE performance on any device or network

Odin-5G-4S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 5.0GE ports
6 x 2.5GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports four speeds incl. 5.0 and 2.5GE.

Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10GE ports
6 x 5.0GE ports
6 x 2.5GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports five speeds incl. 5.0 and 2.5GE.

Valkyrie 10GE Test Modules

Many data centers now using 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) connections need more bandwidth to handle the huge increase in e.g. cloud-based services. Instead of adding more 10GE ports or upgrading to 40GE, many companies are choosing the newly standardized single lane 25GE technology.

It’s less expensive than adding more 10G ports and provides 2.5 times more capacity per port – without pushing power consumption through the roof.

Xena offers these test modules for testing 25GE:

Odin-10G-1S-2P

(# of Ports / Speed)
2 x 10GE ports

A 2-port test module that supports the SFP+ form-factor. Available in both the ValkyrieBay and ValkyrieCompact chassis.

C-Odin-10G-4S-2P-Combi

(# of Ports / Speed)
2 x 10GE ports
4 x 1GE ports

This 6-port test unir offers 2 x 10GE ports and 4 x 1GE ports. Only available in the ValkyrieCompact chassis.

Odin-10G-1S-6P

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10GE ports

This popular test module offers 6 x 10GE ports that support the SFP+ form factor.

Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10GE ports
6 x 5.0GE ports
6 x 2.5GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports five speeds incl. 5.0 and 2.5GE.

Odin-10G-3S-6P-CU

(# of Ports / Speed)
6 x 10GE ports
6 x 1GE ports
6 x 100Mbps ports

A 6-port test module that supports the RJ45+ form-factor.

Valkyrie 25GE Test Modules

Many data centers now using 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) connections need more bandwidth to handle the huge increase in e.g. cloud-based services. Instead of adding more 10GE ports or upgrading to 40GE, many companies are choosing the newly standardized single lane 25GE technology.

It’s less expensive than adding more 10G ports and provides 2.5 times more capacity per port – without pushing power consumption through the roof.

Xena offers these test modules for testing 25GE:

Loki-100G-5S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 100GE ports
2 x 50GE ports
1 x 40GE ports
4 x 25GE ports
4 x 10GE ports

A 5-speed test module that offers a single QSFP28/QSFP+ transceiver cage, and two SFP28/SFP+ transceiver cages.

Thor-400G-7S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 400GE ports
2 x 200GE ports
4 x 100GE ports
8 x 50GE ports
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 25GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

A 5-speed test module that offers a single QSFP28/QSFP+ transceiver cage, and two SFP28/SFP+ transceiver cages.

Valkyrie 40GE Test Modules

The Odin-40G-2S-2P (below) is perfect if you need to generate 40GE and 10GE via a QSFP+ interface.
Xena also offers four test modules that can test 40GE plus other faster speeds Loki-100G-3S-1P, Loki-100G-5S-2P, Loki-100G-5S-1P and Thor-400G-7S-1P.

Odin-40G-2S-2P

(# of Ports / Speed)
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

A 2-port 40GE test module that is compatible with 40G QSFP+ compliant transceiver modules, using MPO connectors.

Valkyrie 50GE Test Modules

With the IEEE standard for 50GE Ethernet approaching finalization, products have already started appearing. Like 25GE, 50GE will be used to link servers to data centers, and analysts are predicting both servers and high-performance flash storage systems will soon need speeds faster than 25GE.

To help accelerate product development, the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has made its 25GE and 50GE Ethernet specification royalty-free and open to all data center ecosystem vendors.

Being able to reuse 25GE components from existing 100GE networks should make 50GE cost-effective to implement. For example, 25GE cabling is about the same cost structure as 10GE while boosting performance by 250%. Similarly, 50GE is half the cost of 40GE, with a 25% increase in performance.

To help NEMs and Service Providers test new 50GB solutions, Xena offers the Loki-100G-5S-1P and Loki-100G-5S-2P test modules.

Loki-100G-5S-2P

(# of Ports / Speed)
2 x 100GE ports
4 x 50GE ports
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 25GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

This 2-port 100GE test module can also test 50GE, 40GE, 25GE and 10GE delivering great value for money.

Loki-100G-5S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 100GE ports
2 x 50GE ports
1 x 40GE ports
4 x 25GE ports
4 x 10GE ports

A 5-speed test module that offers a single QSFP28/QSFP+ transceiver cage, and two SFP28/SFP+ transceiver cages.

Valkyrie 100GE Test Modules

100GE has come a long way since it was first proposed in 2006. Today it has matured into a standardized and well-documented technology widely deployed for high speed data communication in e.g. core networks and for Data Center Interconnect. Xena demonstrated its first solution for 100GE in January 2011, and today we offer these advanced test & measurement modules:

Loki-100G-5S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 100GE ports
2 x 50GE ports
1 x 40GE ports
4 x 25GE ports
4 x 10GE ports

A 5-speed test module that offers a single QSFP28/QSFP+ transceiver cage, and two SFP28/SFP+ transceiver cages.

Loki-100G-5S-2P

(# of Ports / Speed)
2 x 100GE ports
4 x 50GE ports
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 25GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

This 2-port 100GE test module can also test 50GE, 40GE, 25GE and 10GE delivering great value for money.

Loki-100G-3S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 100GE port
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

This test module supports two transceiver form-factors: QSFP28 (CAUI-4), QSFP+ (CAUI), and CXP (CAUI).

Valkyrie 200GE Test Modules

Need to verify the performance of 400GE products and services? Want a fully-featured 400GE traffic generator and analysis solution that supports both 400GE, 200GE and all the slower speeds?

It’s here. Learn more about Xena’s advanced 400GE test solutions now.

Thor-400G-7S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 400GE ports
2 x 200GE ports
4 x 100GE ports
8 x 50GE ports
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 25GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

A 7-speed test module that supports 2 transceiver form-factors – QSFP-DD and QSFP56.

Valkyrie 400GE Test Modules

Need to verify the performance of 400GE products and services? Want a fully-featured 400GE traffic generator
and analysis solution that supports both 400GE, 200GE and all the slower speeds?

It’s here. Learn more about Xena’s advanced 400GE test solutions now.

Thor-400G-7S-1P

(# of Ports / Speed)
1 x 400GE ports
2 x 200GE ports
4 x 100GE ports
8 x 50GE ports
2 x 40GE ports
8 x 25GE ports
8 x 10GE ports

A 7-speed test module that supports 2 transceiver form-factors – QSFP-DD and QSFP56.

Latest features – Release 79.4

Xena is constantly improving its solutions. In addition to the inevitable bugfixes, we also add new features that extend the functionality of the product, thereby enhancing its value for our customers. All our Valkyrie products are sold with 3 years’ free software updates and hardware warranty – one of the reasons Xena is consistently named the industry’s price/performance leader.

4x100G and 8x50G support for Thor-400G-7S-1P in QSFP-DD and QSFP56 modes

– Added support for 4x100G and 8x50G over QSFP-DD and 2xQSFP56 on Thor-400G-7S-1P.

– Added support for various QSFP56 SR, PSM, LR, FR, DR transceiver types.

ValkyrieUPGRADER

– It’s now possible to install/upgrade TimeKeeper when TimeKeeper isn’t installed on chassis.

Bugfixes

– Fixed issue, which could caused 2.5G/5G/10G TX to lock up on Odin-10G-5S-6P-CU  after it had been in 1G/100M mode or just after startup.

– Fixed issue, which could cause 400G/200G transmitter to send out a few incorrectly framed packets just before traffic start.

– Increased RX resilience to incorrectly framed data on 400G/200G.

And more

Bugfixes for ValkyrieManager

– ‘MIX Weights’ and ‘TPLD Size’ options were missing in port resource properties.

– ValMan report generator re-used old charts.

– ShortDescription attributes used for ChartCounterLabels dictionary key contained duplicates.

– Fixed crash that occurred if logging was stopped before the given poll interval had timed out.

Coming soon

Here are some of the new features we’ll be adding to the Valkyrie platform in the coming months.

Chimera support in ValkyrieManager

ValkyrieManager will be extended to support Chimera, Xena’s new impairment emulation solution in Q4. The first Chimera release will support very basic functionality such as random packet drop, constant latency and jitter. In the second Chimera release more features will be added including filtering of multiple flows, mis-ordering of packets and corruption of Ethernet Frame FCS.

Transmission of very short ethernet frames

In response to customer requests, Valkyrie will be extended to support the generation of runts (i.e. packets smaller than the minimum size of 64 bytes). The new release is targeting a runt frame size of just 10 bytes.

Support for 100GPAM4 in the Loki-100G-5S-2P test module

This will allow support of new transceiver types.

Support for RS-FEC @ 25GE in the Thor-400G-7S-1P and Loki-100G-5S-2P test modules

This will allow testing of 25 GE links with RS-FEC.

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