Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Facebook Intros Open Source Wireless Access Platform

Facebook introduced OpenCellular, its open source, wireless access platform designed for remote areas of the world not served by traditional networks. Facebook said it seeks to encourage telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs, and researchers to locally build, implement, deploy, and operate wireless infrastructure based on this platform.

Facebook plans to open-source the hardware design, along with necessary firmware and control software.

OpenCellular consists of two main subsystems: general-purpose and base-band computing (GBC) with integrated power and housekeeping system, and radio frequency (RF) with integrated analog front-end.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1754757044806180/introducing-opencellular-an-open-source-wireless-access-platform/

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project Gets Organized

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which was kicked off by Facebook earlier this year with a mission to take the principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) model and apply them to software systems and components involved in access, backhaul, and core networks, has expanded its membership and formed the first set of technical project groups.

New TIP members include Axiata Digital, Indosat, MTN Group, Telefonica, Vodafone, Acacia, ADVA, BlueStream, Broadcom, Coriant, Deloitte, Juniper Networks, and Lumentum. TIP launch partners included Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom.

The new Project Groups include:

Access
System integration and site optimization – Chaired by SK Telecom
New integration via innovative, cost-effective and efficient end-to-end solutions that address rural and urban regions difficult to serve profitably.

Unbundled solutions – Co-chaired by SK Telecom and Nokia
Taking a fresh look at access, specifically through a cost-effective approach for low-power, low-maintenance solutions.

Media-friendly solutions – Chaired by Intel
Focusing on methods to increase effective throughput and further enhance the mobile user experience by bringing compute and storage capacity closer to the network edge.

Backhaul
High-frequency autonomic access – Chaired by Facebook
Defining thin and extensible software stack to autonomously coordinate routing, addressing and security related functions in packet-switched IPv6 networks.

Open optical packet transport – Co-chaired by Facebook and Equinix
Defining Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) open packet transport architecture that triggers new pace of technology innovation and flexibility, and avoids implementation lock-ins.

Core and Management
Core network optimization – Chaired by Intel
New innovation through disaggregation of traditional telecom core network via deconstructing traditionally bundled components.

Greenfield telecom networks – Co-chaired by Nokia, Facebook and Deutsche Telekom
Accelerating operator-friendly evolution towards a pure and efficient IT-based network architecture via greenfield solutions designed from the ground up.

https://telecominfraproject.com/news/updates-to-the-tip-foundation/

Facebook's Terragraph Accelerates WiGig for City Access

Facebook took the wraps off of two terrestrial connectivity technologies for fast wireless access.

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system for dense urban areas and that uses radios based on the WiGig standard. Facebook said Terragraph will deliver gigabits of data capacity. IPv6-only Terragraph nodes will be placed at 200m intervals. Terragraph will incorporate commercial off-the-shelf components and aim for high-volume, low-cost production. Facebook noted that up to 7 GHz of bandwidth is available in the unlicensed 60 GHz band in many countries.  U.S. regulators are considering expanding this to a total of 14 GHz.

Facebook Terragraph will also leverage an SDN-like cloud compute controller and a new modular routing protocol that Facebook optimized for fast route convergence and failure detection. The architecture also tweaks the MAC layer to solve shortcomings of TCP/IP over a wireless link. The company says the TDMA-TDD MAC layers delivers up to 6x improvement in network efficiency while being more predictable than the existing Wi-Fi/WiGig standard.

Terragraph is already in operation at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, where it delivers 1.05 Gbps bidirectional (2.1 Gbps total throughput per distribution node) in P2P mode, up to 250 meters away. A wider trial is planned for San Jose, California.

Facebook also released details on Project ARIES, a transmission technology that is a) spectrally efficient and allows for higher throughput in even the smallest bandwidths, and b) energy efficient, allowing for extended coverage range.

The proof-of-concept system features a base station with 96 antennas and can support 24 streams simultaneously over the same radio spectrum. Researchers have demonstrated 71 bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. The target is aiming for an unprecedented 100+ bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. Facebook said ARIES is an embodiment of Massive MIMO — by using “spatial multiplexing,” the antenna array at the base station can serve a multiplicity of autonomous user terminals on the same time-frequency resource. This opens up possibilities such as resource sharing as an alternative not only to the need for spectrum licensing.

Facebook already has an ARIES testbed delivering 10x spectral and energy efficiency gains in point to multi-point deployments.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1072680049445290/


Ixia's TrafficREWIND Captures Traffic Patterns for Replay

Ixia announced TrafficREWIND, a new solution that captures traffic patterns from a production network and accurately recreates them in a controlled sand-box environment.

Ixia said the goal of TrafficREWIND is to speed fault isolation and outage resolution with real world testing. The solution leverages the advanced functionality of several of the company’s solutions, including the Vision ONE network visibility solution to capture production network traffic profiles, the BreakingPoint testing platform to replay the traffic in a controlled environment such as a pre-deployment lab or a staged network, as well as Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) technology for advanced threat intelligence.

“Ixia continues to lead the industry in the development of test and visibility technologies that solve complex network challenges,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia. “We’ve used that expertise to design TrafficREWIND and make it easy for customers to recreate their unique network traffic to quickly identify problems and fix them before there is any significant loss of productivity or potential revenue.”

https://www.ixiacom.com

Twistlock Raises $10 Million for Container Secuirty

Twistlock, a start-up based in San Francisco and Tel-Aviv, announced $10 million in funding for its enterprise security suite for virtual containers.

The company says its security suite provides full stack vulnerabiltiy management, advanced access control, and smart runtime protection.

The Series A funding round was led by TenEleven Ventures and Rally Ventures.

Twistlock was founded by Ben Bernstein (CEO) and Dima Stopel (VP R&D).

“A good security protection is one that you never hear from. We aim to deliver completely automated security for the entire container stack without manual intervention and disruptive false alarms,” said Dima Stopel, head of R&D and co-founder of Twistlock. “This is what enterprises want and this is where Twistlock is headed.”

https://www.twistlock.com

KOSC Telecom Picks ADVA for National Network in France

KOSC Telecom has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 for a new nationwide DWDM transport network in France for delivering 100G wholesale connectivity to other service providers.

KOSC is a new telecom operator dedicated to the wholesale business connectivity market in France. The new network will serve major French cities, such as Paris and Marseille, to mid-sized cities, including Annecy and La Rochelle, spanning 20,000km and covering all regions of the country.

“We’re bringing a new level of flexibility and efficiency to the wholesale connectivity market. That’s why it’s essential to have a technology partner we can trust. ADVA Optical Networking’s team has supported and worked with us at every stage to create our ideal solution,” said Antoine Fournier, CEO, KOSC Telecom. “We knew we wanted phenomenal capacity and always-on dependability. Our other essential requirement was scalability. As French businesses harness more cloud-based services and virtual reality applications, and as the industrial internet of things continues to develop, demand for reliable, super-fast broadband will only accelerate. That’s why we’ve invested in a network that can grow and we’ve already discussed the potential to deploy the 400Gbit/s capabilities of ADVA Optical Networking’s CloudConnect™ solution in the future.”

“KOSC Telecom’s new transport system features a seamless combination of our long-haul technology and our highly versatile metro solution. By teaming up these technologies we’ve enabled KOSC Telecom to deliver 100Gbit/s capacity across its entire national network,” commented Fabrice Jean, VP, North and Southwest Europe sales, ADVA Optical Networking. “The people behind KOSC Telecom share many of our core values. At every level, they have a clear vision of what customers need and a bold strategy for delivering it. By working closely with their engineers we’ve been able to create a network tailor-made to their customers’ needs. Now service providers will be able to deliver even more in France by accessing cost-effective, super-fast and incredibly reliable wholesale broadband.”

Ericsson to Acquire Spanish fiber-services leader Abentel

Ericsson agreed to acquire Abentel, a subsidiary of Abengoa that specializes in end-to-end fiber installation and management.  The deal includes the transfer of Abentel's assets, projects and employees to Ericsson. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Abentel has approximately 500 employees who provide fiber network roll-out and maintenance services.

Richard Hoepner, Head of Network Roll-Out and Customer Support, Ericsson, says: "Fiber is a key component for the next generation all-optical IP network. By acquiring Abentel's capabilities and coupling them with Ericsson's world-class service offering, Ericsson can deliver unmatched scalability for its customers' fiber projects. This agreement is a winning combination as it brings together the global leader in telecommunications services with one of the leading fiber-related service provider in Spain."

http://www.ericsson.com

Google Acquire Moodstocks for Machine Vision

Google has acquire Moodstocks, a start-up based in Paris, that specializes in image recognition and machine vision technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moodstocks said its new mission "will be to build great image recognition tools within Google." The team included Denis Brule and Cedric Deltheil.

http://www.moodstocks.com

Vodafone Tests 136 Mbps Uplink Carrier Aggregation

Vodafone Ireland has tested Ericsson's Uplink Carrier Aggregation (CA) and 64 QAM modulation technology in its commercial network.  The tests achieved 136 Mbps uplink speeds -- a 200 percent improvement compared to current uplink performance, with the ability to deliver peak throughputs of up to 150 Mbps. The demonstration also featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE.

“Qualcomm, Ericsson and Vodafone have collaborated to greatly improve uplink speeds in Europe with Carrier Aggregation, and this is just one example how Qualcomm continues to lead the evolution of 4G LTE technology,” said Enrico Salvatori, President, Qualcomm Europe.

http://www.ericsson.com

ThousandEyes Brings Support For Cisco Enterprise Routers

ThousandEyes, a San Francisco-based start-up offering a network intelligence platform that delivers network visibility, announced support for Cisco Enterprise Routers.

ThousandEyes Enterprise Agents that use containers to run directly on Cisco equipment at branch offices.

ThousandEyes is one of the first technology partners to certify support for application hosting on Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 4000 Series and Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) 1000 Series, part of Cisco’s move to enable additional capabilities from trusted third parties directly on Cisco routers.

“Cisco and ThousandEyes customers can now benefit from network intelligence with expanded vantage points through the deployment of smart agents that run directly on Cisco routers,” said Sanjay Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer at ThousandEyes.

https://www.thousandeyes.com

ThousandEyes Raises $35 Million for Monitoring Software

ThousandEyes, a start-up based in San Francisco, closed $35 million in Series C funding for its network intelligence solutions.

ThousandEyes is a network intelligence platform that delivers visibility into every network an organization relies on, enabling them to optimize and improve application delivery, end-user experience and ongoing infrastructure investments. The company said modern enterprises rely on third-party applications, services and infrastructure connected over networks they don't manage or control and have little visibility into.  Its solution provides the ability to see their now borderless network, providing network intelligence so they can better deliver on customer service level agreements.

The new funding was led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from new investor GV (formerly Google Ventures) and existing investors, including Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures.

https://www.thousandeyes.com/

Samsung's Universal Flash Storage Cards Reach 256 GB

Samsung Electronics introduced a line of removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard.

The cards are designed for high-resolution mobile shooting devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams and drones. Storage capacities include 256, 128, 64 and 32 gigabyte (GB).

Samsung’s new 256GB UFS removable memory card ─ simply referred to as the UFS card - provides more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most widely used SATA SSDs. With this UFS card, consumers have the ability to read a 5GB, Full-HD movie in approximately 10 seconds, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card, which would take over 50 seconds with 95MB/s of sequential reading speed. Also, at a random read rate of 40,000 IOPS, the 256GB card delivers more than 20 times higher random read performance compared to a typical microSD, which offers approximately 1,800 IOPS.

When it comes to writing, the new 256GB UFS card processes 35,000 random IOPS, which is 350 times higher than the 100 IOPS of a typical microSD card, and attains a 170MB/s sequential write speed, almost doubling the top-end microSD card speed.

http://www.samsung.com

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