IxN2X: Specifications

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Base Software: Packets and Protocols Application

The IxN2X Packets and Protocols application enables the IxN2X to verify the traffic forwarding performance, protocol scalability and service delivering capabilities of switching and routing devices. The IxN2X Packets and Protocols application consists of the following software components:

  • Ixia IxN2X Packets Application Software - Enables the most advanced features for flexible multi-port traffic generation and analysis on the IxN2X Packets and Protocols application
  • Ixia IxN2X Packets and Protocols Application - Enables the integrated multi-protocol emulation and traffic generation environment of the IxN2X Packets and Protocols application required to simulate the scale, complexity and volatility of converging multi-service networks.


Protocol Emulation Software


Automation

IxN2X QuickTests automate common test scenarios for validating router and network performance. IxN2X ships with over one hundred tests scripts which reflect test plans published in the Journal of Internet Test Methodologies. Tests include:

  • Forwarding Performance (including RFC 2544 Performance Benchmarking of Ethernet Protocol Equipment, and RFC 2889 Benchmarking of LAN Switching Devices)
  • Routing Stability, Scalability and Resiliency
  • BFD
  • IPv6
  • LACP
  • Spanning Tree
  • IPv6
  • MPLS Functional and Traffic Engineering
  • VPNs
  • Denial of Service

Test Composer

The Test Composer automation framework allows you to build and execute test suites with no knowledge of IxN2X's programming interface. Its point-and-click scripting capability is easy to learn, reducing the time required to automate your test bed, and enabling easy scheduling of overnight test runs. Test Composer configures your device(s) under test, as well as your IxN2X test system, and collects results from all test components to determine whether the test passed or failed.


Conformance Test Suites

The IxN2X protocol conformance solution incorporates a unique Test Manager with industry-leading usability and reporting features. The Test Manager reduces test cycle time through rapid result diagnosis and problem isolation.

The tree-based test suite configuration, dynamic graphical protocol sequence diagram and comprehensive reporting features of the IxN2X Conformance Test Manager simplify testing. Combined with granular test result evaluation (pass, conditional pass, inconclusive and fail), detailed packet decodes and filtering capabilities accelerate resolution of test case errors.

Available suites include:


Productivity Applications

IxN2X Productivity Applications are turnkey solutions designed to simplify and accelerate testing of complex scenarios and deliver faster time-to-insight.

These applications focus on validating the performance and scalability characteristics of next generation network infrastructure and services.

IPTV Quality of Experience Application

The N2X IPTV Quality of Experience solution offers service providers and equipment manufacturers a powerful application to accurately validate IPTV service quality for each and every subscriber under real-world conditions.

High Availability Productivity Application

Industry's first dedicated High Availability application designed to simplify and accelerate the testing of network reliability.

Setup Multicast VPN Productivity Application

Simplify and accelerate testing of complex Multicast VPN test scenarios by rapidly creating realistic emulated network topologies.

System Controllers

A choice of system controllers is available to suit individual performance requirements. An Ethernet switch is required for system controllers that will connect to more than one IxN2X chassis (or XM chassis for FUSION-enabled IxN2X test systems). Customers can choose either an 8-port or a 24-port Ethernet system switch.

Controller Options

Unified Application Controller (941-0021)

Recommended for lab environments, allowing multiple users to be remotely connected from their desks or homes. Powerful processor and increased memory supports large-scale port and protocol scalability, suitable for intense stress tests and complex configurations.

A single system can support up to 15 concurrent user test sessions using Terminal Services (Remote Desktop Connections)*.

Simultaneous operation as IxN2X Controller and Ixia Application Server; for IxN2X application, may be used with the IxN2X N5540A 2-Slot Portable Chassis (971-0100), IxN2X N5541A 4-Slot Chassis (971-0101), or IxN2X N5542A 4-Slot Chassis w/BITS/MTS Clock Input (971-0102). Additional Terminal Server Licenses are available as a separately purchased item (943-0009).

  • X5650 Six Core Intel Xeon Processor
  • 24 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Dual 1G NICs
  • DVD/CD-RW drive
  • Rackmount kit
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Windows 2008 Standard Edition
  • 10 Remote Client License

Unified Laptop Application Controller (941-0043)

Ideal for those who require portability but do not need remote multi-user access. Used for small-to-medium-scale functional and stress tests.

A single system can support 1 user test session.

Simultaneous operation as IxN2X Controller and Ixia Application Server; for IxN2X application, may be used with the IxN2X N5540A 2-Slot Portable Chassis (971-0100), IxN2X N5541A 4-Slot Chassis (971-0101), or IxN2X N5542A 4-Slot Chassis w/BITS/MTS Clock Input (971-0102).

  • Intel Core i5-3210M Processor
  • 8.0 GB SDRAM
  • 750 GB HDD
  • 8X DVD+/-RW
  • 14.0” Display
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)

*System performance on a per-client basis is proportional to the number of concurrent users and intensity of tests being performed by each user. For more information, contact your Ixia representative for further details on how to optimize test setup.

Recommended Session & Port Limits

The following session configurations have been tested and verified to perform within the hardware and software limitations.  These specifications apply to the unified application server in a multi-user environment.  Performance and scalability of individual configurations may vary.

Routing & Bridging High Scale Medium Scale Low Scale
Max Port per 
IxN2X Test Session
50 100 120
Max Port per
Unified Controller
100 120 160
IxN2X Test Sessions per
Unified Controller
Up to 2 Up to 6 Up to 10
Per Port Protocol Emulation Configuration
  • 50 BGP peers/port  with 1,000 routes/peer
  • 25 OSPFv2 P2P Adjacencies/port with 40 LSAs/Adjacency, 1000 LSA’s per port
  • 1,000 IGMP Host/port with 1,000 Groups/Host
  • 12 BGP peers/port with 500 routes/peer
  • 6 OSPF P2P Adjacencies/port with 100 LSAs/Adjacency
  • 250 IGMP Host/port with 500 Groups/Host
  • 4 BGP peer/port with 100 routes/peer
  • 2 OSPF P2P Adjacencies/port with 40 LSAs/Adjacency
  • 60 IGMP Host/port with 100 Groups/Host
Per Port Traffic Generation
  • 5,000 Streams
  • 2,000 Streams
  • 1,000 Streams

Traffic Max Port/IxN2X Test Session Max Port/ Unified Controller IxN2X Test Session/Unified Controller
Traffic Only 200 200 Up to 15

Broadband Access High Scale Medium Scale Low Scale
Max Port per 
IxN2X Test Session
50 20 16
Max Port per
Unified Controller
100 120 160
IxN2X Test Sessions per
Unified Controller
Up to 2 Up to 6 Up to 10
Per Test Session Protocol Emulation Configuration 768k subscriber sessions* (mix of single and dual-stack PPP, DHCP, L2TP) using 50 ports 200k subscriber sessions* (mix of single and dual-stack PPP, DHCP, L2TP) using 20 ports 160k subscriber sessions* (mix of single and dual-stack PPP, DHCP, L2TP) using 16 ports
Per Port Traffic Generation
  • 5,000 Streams
  • 2,000 Streams
  • 1,000 Streams

**Certain protocols may have per port session limits lower than the overall session limit listed.  These protocols may be combined with other protocols to achieve the full session limit.

End of Life Product Archive

IxN2X Hardware End of Life Product Listing

Please visit Ixia's End-of-Life Policy for more information regarding Ixia’s policy on end of life. For a complete list and information on IxN2X products that have either gone to end-of-life, or been announced as going to end-of-life with the effective dates, please visit:

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