SYNESIS Portable

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SYNESIS by Toyo Corporation

SYNESIS Portable, based on a rugged mobile platform, provides lossless Ethernet packet capture for 1G/10G/100G Ethernet interfaces with sustained rates of up to 100Gbps.

Features

1 – High Performance and Quality

The application developed by TOYO Corporation can capture and directly stream to storage high volume traffic — even at a line rate 100Gbps — without incurring any packet loss. This allows TOYO Corporation the ability to offer packet capture systems, a 100Gbps packet capture appliance and an innovative 100Gbps packet capture portable, that were not possible to implement until now.

SYNESIS guarantees high performance capture regardless of packet size – whether short or long packets. Using disk optimization, SYNESIS captures at a higher capture speed than existing packet analyzers and in a more compact package. The result for our valued customers is a cost effective packet analyzer.

  • General packet analyzer
    Capturing properties using 64-bytes (short packet)
  • SYNESIS Distributed / Portable
    Capturing properties using 64-1518 bytes

HOW THE APPLICATION WORKS
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2 – Detection of microburst traffic

SYNESIS will detect occurrences of microbursts against user defined threshold values during capture sessions. Related packets may be saved to trace files for more detailed analysis.

Detection of microburst traffic
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3 – Greatly reduces the extraction time of trace files (AANPM analysis)

SYNESIS incorporates the Application Aware Network Performance Method (AANPM) which can greatly reduce the time to detect and extract the target packet by saving a higher volume of information than current packet analyzers. This includes saving indexing information such as the IP address and ports concurrently during packet capture.

Packet Analysis and Performance Test Results
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Use Case

1 – Portability

Easy to deploy packet capture tool  

Having a portable packet capture solution allows engineering teams access to complete and accurate customer data for troubleshooting.

NEMs, System Integrators, and Service Providers are constantly faced with the lack of useful data for equipment problems at customer sites.  Typical troubleshooting configuration data often have to be augmented by Wireshark PCAP files captured at the time of failure.   The challenge is the lack of having complete continuous and reliable PCAP files.  PCAP files is the highest form of evidence of a network event for aiding in root cause analysis.

The SYNESIS Portable network recorder may be shipped to a remote site for extended lossless packet capture sessions from a SPAN port or the output from network packet broker.  The remotely accessible SYNESIS Portable platform supports interfaces ranging from 1G,10G, to 100G.  PCAP files will be guaranteed to be complete for effective troubleshooting since SYNESIS Portable can even capture at sustained rates of 100Gbps with zero packet loss.

The combined portability, high fidelity capture, and remote accessibility greatly reduces travel cost for personnel and enhances troubleshooting sessions.

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2 – Network Packet Replayer

Capture real network traffic data and playback in the lab

Collecting traffic conditions at a customer site and replicating those same conditions in the lab shortens engineering time to repair.

For NEMs it is often more feasible to replicate customer issues back in their engineering test labs instead of at the customer site.  In the lab, personnel and equipment are on hand for troubleshooting and testing code fixes.  Unfortunately, today’s test systems limit the amount of data that can be regenerated or are based on synthetic data so may not produce the proper conditions that will cause failure in the lab.

SYNESIS Portable may be deployed onsite to capture key traffic conditions for extended periods including microburst conditions with zero packet loss.  By gathering traffic data at not just the time of failure but also the period leading to it, engineering teams have a higher probability of obtaining the conditions causing equipment failure.  The NEM can then relocate the SYNESIS Portable and collected data in their test lab which has been configured to reflect the customer scenario.  SYNESIS Portable Packet Replayer is then used to generate the same traffic conditions, even microbursts, but in controlled test environment, even at speeds up to 10Gbps.  The generated traffic data may also be modified by IP,MAC,VLAN,…etc.

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Capture Function

The packets will be continuously captured and accumulated without omissions. Not missing any packet in a device is the most crucial aspect in troubleshooting.

Packet Capture

SYNESIS is a capture appliance compatible with 10M/100M/1G/10G/100G networks that can capture traffic at wire speed without data loss. SYNESIS users can perform packet analysis without having to stop capture.
A backup function allows saving to PCAP files automatically while capturing. The storage destination can either be a local or remote file system.


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Filter/Slice

The filter slicing function of SYNESIS can limit capture to only store required data or layers (model dependent) insuring sensitive information is never compromised.  Since the slicing process is conducted on a specialized capture card, critical data is never lost regardless of the traffic load.

Capture Filter:
Captures only the data that meet a user defined criteria (IP Address, TCP/UDP Port#, MAC, VLAN ID)

Slice:
Captures only the data after a specified number of bytes relative to the start of the frame header

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Locking

When storage is full, the oldest data will be overwritten by newer data. Critical data may be protected from being overwritten by the “lock” function.

Before Capture:
Lock specified by time and SNMP trap

After Capture:
Lock specified by time

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Record Management

SYNESIS manages the capture as a single record from the start to the termination of capture. Users can perform management operations such as locking important records while deleting those that have already been analyzed. Operations such as locking, deleting, saving trace files, and exporting statistics, can be performed rapidly via the record list.

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Analysis Function

Being able to swiftly retrieve the target packet or communications from a large volume of accumulated data is a crucial matter.
With SYNESIS, packets are visualized from various angles, allowing the users to perform analysis with different approaches to suit their objectives.

Real-time statistics

Corresponding traffic statistics are created and saved in one-second granularity while data is captured.  With a single glance, users can determine usage differences by time and port source.  Furthermore, users can create customizable dashboards that display Layer 2 and Top N statistics.

Trend item

  • L2 Traffic
    -Usage rate, bytes/sec, packets/sec, throughput
  • TOP N application and application group
    -in/out traffic, throughput
  • TOP N host
    -in/out traffic, throughput

Real-time decoding

Packets can be decoded in real-time during capture. Since this function allows you to get an overview of the network status while capturing, it is a function that will prove indispensable, whether on the field or in a lab.


Detection of microbursts

SYNESIS detects microbursts that cannot be detected with conventional network supervisors and packet analyzers. Microbursts refer to a phenomenon that that triggers the convergence of network devices and can be a significant cause of packet loss. With SYNESIS, users can set the threshold value at an interval of a minimum of 100μsec, making it easy to identify and analyze packets and to see when and where microbursts occurred.

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Alert items

SYNESIS can issue alerts by detecting any abnormalities in traffic. In order to display the alerts, users must set corresponding threshold values for each item.

The AANPM alert can have its threshold values set to three different levels (Critical/Important/Normal). Furthermore, only sessions that become an issue can be saved as a trace file.

  • Alert items
    -DLC
    -NPM
    -APM
  • Alert actions
    -E-mail
    -Syslog
    -SNMP Trap

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Index Function

Finding communication issues by investigating each individual packet from a large volume of data is a time-consuming, laborious task. With SYNESIS, users can visualize network trends over a large volume of data and, furthermore, identify problematic connections by indexing captured data.

APM/NPM analysis

By using the capture indexing function, the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) network status can be ascertained at a trend level basis.


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  • Items to be analyzed
    Site:
    Displays for each site (subnet)
    Application:
    Displays for each application
    Server group:
    Displays for each server group (IP combinations)
    Server:
    Displays for each server
  • KPI
    Packet:
    Number of communication packets
    Byte:
    Number of bytes communicated
    ART (Application Response Time)
    The time it takes for the server application to respond to a client request
    CRT (Client Response Time):
    The time it takes for the client to initiate a request
    NRT (Network Round-trip Time):
     The average time it takes for the packet to make a round trip across the network
    PTT (Payload Transfer Time):
    The time it took for the server to send a response to the client request
    SRT (Server Response Time):
    The time it took for the server to respond to the client request and complete responding.
    Latency:
    The average time it takes for a packet to pass through a one-way network
    Retries:
    The number of TCP packet sequences that has been retransmitted
    Throughput:
    Values calculated by [Received bytes + sent bytes]/sample time [Kbit/sec]
    Burst throughput:
    The maximum throughput during a certain time period. If the period is 10 minutes, then 10 throughput values would exist. The highest value among those is the burst throughput.

Capturing method

SYNESIS may be deployed to capture and store packet data in either of the following methods:
1. Connect using a network TAP
2. Connect using a SPAN (mirror) port on a switch

  • TAP connection
    TAP is inserted into the network in order to extract the packet.
    Advantages
    • Packets can be extracted by separating full-duplex line traffic into incoming and outgoing.
    Disadvantages
    • When inserting a TAP, the network needs to be disconnected first.
  • SPAN (mirror) port connections
    The packet is extracted by setting the appropriate SPAN (mirror) port on the switch
    Advantages
    • It has no impact on the communication network performance.
    Disadvantages
    • Since networks communicating using full-duplex line traffic are extracted in a semi-duplex packet, packet loss may occur as a result.

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Packet Replayer

Packets can be sent at the same link speed during the capturing of the pcap file (1GbE supported). Users can set the number of replays using the options.
Furthermore, the following items can be replaced from the packet header within the PCAP file.

-MAC address
-VLAN ID
-IP address (v4/v6)

Usage example
Support teams may use SYNESIS to capture intermittent issues found at customer sites and recreate them in a more controlled lab environment.
1. Deploy SYNESIS in an Operating environment and set to capture continuously.
2. When the failure occurs save the corresponding packets to a trace file.
3. Redeploy SYNESIS in a Test environment that duplicates the Operating environment. Replay the saved trace file to recreate the fault.
The support team may also test engineering fixes before applying them in the Operating environment.

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SYNESIS Portable have various product lineups for 1GbE, 10GbE and 100GbE depending on the application.


For field trouble-shooting at Enterprise Networks, Data Centers, Network Operation Centers, Wireless Base Stations;

View 1G/10GbE Portable Models

View 100GbE Portable Models