Xena Chimera

Xena Chimera




Chimera is a network impairment emulator that can support rates from 10G to 100G with a single test module. Chimera offers two test modules, one for up to 100G (100Gbps, 50Gbps, 40Gbps, 25Gbps, 10Gbps) and the other for up to 40G (40Gbps, 10Gbps), both of which can be used as test modules for either the ChimeraCompact chassis or the ValkyrieBay chassis.

By installing this test module in a ValkyrieBay chassis, it is possible to add impairment function to an existing ValkyrieBay. This can also be done on the existing GUI for add impairment.

This product can be inserted between DUTs in a laboratory to apply various impairment conditions to perform QoS of network applications such as voice and video.
Chimera is also suitable for benchmarking, stress/negative, “what-if” and regression testing of network infrastructure and Ethernet equipment capable of supporting 100GE such as switches, routers, NICs and fronthaul/ backhaul platforms.
Chimera can be easily controlled using ValkyrieCLI scripts, and tests can be easily automated using Python libraries provided by Xena.

  • Integrated traffic generation & impairment solution (Valkyrie & Chimera)
  • 1U appliance or test module of ValkyrieBay for multi-rate (10/25/40/50 & 100GE)
  • ValkyrieManager, Valkyrie3918, Valkyrie2544, Valkyrie1564 Valkyrie2889, ValkyrieCLI, ValkyrieREST-API and various software are included
  • 3 year free software upgrades and hardware warranty
System Connect

The Xena Chimera module is available as a 2-slot test module for the ValkyrieBay chassis (Val-C12-2400G).
This option adds impairment detection capability to an existing ValkyrieBay and can be controlled using the Valkyrie interface.

No Product Port/ Ethernet Speed Form Factor
1 Chi-100G-5S-2P 2x 100G/ 4x 50G/ 2x 40G/ 8x 25G/ 8x 10G  QSFP+/ QSFP28
No Product Port/ Ethernet Speed Form Factor
1 Chi-40G-2S-2P 2x 40G/ 8x 10G QSFP+
ValkyrieBay - Val-C12-720G
  • Supports modules up to 100GbE
  • 4U chassis, 12 slots
  • 6.7” (H) x 17” (W) x 17.9” (D) (17 x 43.5 x 45cm)
  • 16 kg (without modules)
  • Maximum noise 58.5 dBA
Xena Chimera Compact is a network impairment emulator that can support 10GE~100GE rates with a single test module.
No Product Port/ Ethernet Speed Form Factor
1 C-Chi-100G-5S-2P 2x 100G/ 4x 50G/ 2x 40G/ 8x 25G/ 8x 10G QSFP+ / QSFP28
No Product Port/ Ethernet Speed Form Factor
1 C-Chi-40G-2S-2P 2x 40G/ 8x 10G QSFP+

ValkyrieManager detects the Chimera test module as it is installed in the ValkyrieBay chassis and allows the addition of impairments with Chimera's software options. This makes it easy to emulate impairment using the same GUI used to generate traffic.

Traffic streams can be specifically formed using a variety of variables. The packet editor feature supports protocol (IP, VLAN, UDP, etc.) and byte-level packet definition, and the packet capture feature automatically decodes packet contents at the protocol level.

ValkyrieManager also makes it quick and easy to view and analyze traffic statistics, payload errors, latency, and jitter. Set specific filters for incoming traffic and perform real-time packet capture.

Test beds and test cases can be configured and saved to share with other users, and ValkyrieManager can be used by multiple users in different locations to manage multiple Xena chassis simultaneously.

Performance Tset

Performance testing verifies the performance of the DUT via maximum throughput, latency, and jitter.

If analysis of how the DUT sends traffic through the network is included, Chimera emulate the impairment and network conditions that can occur as the signal travels through the network.

QoS and Service Validation

Chimera can provide network emulation for QoS and service verification testing.
By adding latency, packet drop and other impairments the user can test that a system under test can maintain a high QoS and service quality guarantee despite difficult network conditions.

Security Test

With Chimera, you can apply various types of network conditions to verify and analyze how the DUT handles abnormal conditions.

Software application test

Software application testing can cover many parameters depending on the application. The testing can be done to verify the basic functionality of the software and to see how it performs under different network conditions.