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The Xena test platform provides a flexible and high port count L2-3 test platform with an extensive suite of load stress, protocol conformance & functional verification test solutions. Clients connect with standard Ethernet GigE interfaces to the test platform, with support for remote access using IP addressing. The Xena wire speed test modules are provided in either a compact 1U or a high density modular 4U chassis form factor, with full support for multi-user environments for both interactive GUI based and automated script based test sessions.


Stream oriented traffic generation

Users can define and generate hundreds of transmit and receive streams with their own unique traffic profile. Each stream can generate 100k’s of unique traffic flows by using programmable packet field modifiers to increment or randomize field values such as IP addresses or VLAN identifiers, making it easy to scale your tests beyond the maximum performance parameters of your network or device. The stream rate can be defined as a percentage of line rate, frames per second, bit-rate, and the injection of packets can be controlled as a single-packet shot, number of packets, time duration, or in continuous mode. Traffic profiles can be defined as uniform or bursty, and custom packet editing is facilitated by a graphically driven field editor that allows the user to build any packet format, in addition to predefined packet templates for Ethernet, Ethernet II, VLAN, ARP, IPv4, IPv6, UDP, TCP, LLC, SNAP, GTP, ICMP, RTP, RTCP, STP, or fully specified by user.

Real time analysis and reporting

Packet flow statistics are tracked per stream, or per user defined filters which can include any combination of programmable field values. Incoming packet streams are automatically identified using optionally auto inserted Test Payload fields. Analysis of traffic throughput, latency, jitter, loss, sequence, and misorder errors is performed real-time per received stream with 16 ns resolution. Users can capture packets at wire speed on each port for detailed analysis, which in conjunction with event triggering and programmable filters provides a unique ability to identify and isolate performance issues.

API scripting from any tool environment

An open specification text based API allows the user to script for test automation purposes from any tool and scripting environment, only requiring that the scripting environment support text and line-based TCP/IP communication. Any changes made through the API are automatically reflected on the GUI. This unique and easy to use scripting-from-anywhere concept allows the user to access the Xena test platform from any proprietary or commercial scripting environment based on languages such as Tcl, Python, VBA, or Java development environments, using wrapper to convert from existing Tcl/Python/VB/Java APIs to the generic Xena API.

MS Excel program for test case execution, and reporting

As an alternative for GUI and script based test case execution, the user can configure, execute, and log statistics using a standard MS Excel program. The MS Excel templates provides by Xena use VBA to communicate with the test equipment using Xena’s TCP/IP scripting language, and is a very powerful means for operating the equipment for anyone familiar with standard MS Excel usage.

Load Stress, Protocol Conformance & Functional Verification Testing Solution

Xena Networks and Net-O2 Technologies have worked together to create an innovative Ethernet test platform that combines Xena’s high performance, wire-speed Ethernet test hardware with Net-O2’s broad portfolio of IP & Ethernet functional and conformance test suites. The joint solution is an open, scaleable, low cost and highly customizeable test platform. Net-O2’s Extensive Set of ATTEST Test Suites include (* NOTE: Features currently in development):

Carrier Ethernet Bridging: PB, PBB*, PBB-TE*
Carrier Ethernet OAM: CFM (802.1ag), MEF 21, MEF 9, MEF 14, L-OAM (802.3ah), S-OAM (Y.1731)
Carrier Ethernet MPLS: BFD for MPLS

Layer 2 Bridging: IGMP-Snooping, LACP, LLDP, MSTP, RSTP, STP, VLAN, MRP-MVRP*, MRP-MMRP*
Layer 2 Security: 802.1X

IPv4 Multicast: IGMPv1/v2, IGMPv3, PIM-SM, PIM-DM
IPv4 Unicast:: BFD, DHCP, IPv4, IS-IS, OSPFv2, RIP
IPv4 Security: ACL, DOS, NAT, IPSec,  IKEv1,  IKEv2