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Titan IC Systems launches its Helios Regular Expression Processor to the AWS FPGA Platform

AWS re:Invent Summit, Las Vegas, USA – Nov 30, 2016 – Titan IC Systems (Titan IC) today announces that it will be working closely with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch its Helios regular expression processor (RXP) on the new F1 FPGA platform on the AWS cloud.  This new platform will allow AWS customers to utilize the full benefits of the Helios RXP in all aspects of security analytics acceleration including: intrusion detection/prevention, application detection, anti-virus, content/URL filtering and security log file parsing. 

The Helios RXP can assist in security analytics by implementing tens of thousands of complex regular expressions in network data at speeds up to 40 Gb/s.  Titan IC has developed this ground-breaking technology and has implemented it on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), so it can be specifically customized for each customer’s needs.  The technology can be easily updated while in full operation allowing the addition of new complex regular expressions during run time.

Regular expression processing has mainly been executed in software up until now and has thus suffered inherent throughput difficulties that require vast amounts of host processing.  However, with the introduction of the Titan IC Helios RXP on the AWS cloud, many of these issues can be eradicated by hardware offload acceleration on the F1 FPGA platform. The Helios RXP is proficient in analysing data at full network throughput rates reaching 40 Gb/s and can implement up to 1 million complex regular expressions in parallel.

“We are delighted to be working with AWS on this exciting new cloud based FPGA platform and we are confident that our technology will be of interest to many of AWS customers as they recognise the benefits of regular expression offload acceleration on FPGA,” said Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan IC.  “With ever increasing cyber security threats and even higher network data speeds, there is a real necessity for the combined technology that AWS and Titan IC are bringing to the market.”

About Titan IC Systems Ltd

Headquartered in Belfast Northern Ireland, Titan IC Systems Ltd is a recent spin out company from the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Titan IC is a world leader in the development of hardware engines for content and network processing.  The solutions offered include regular expression (RegEx) acceleration for use in all aspects of network security including: Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Application Detection, Anti-Virus, Content/URL filtering. These solutions are available as PCIe cards for inclusion in Network servers or as licensable Intellectual property for use on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or custom Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).