Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NVIDIA's Jetson Wants to be the Brain of Autonomous Robots and Drones

NVIDIA unveiled a credit-card sized module named Jetson for a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn.

The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module is an embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret information. The module brings 1 teraflops of processing performance to enable autonomous devices to recognize visual data or interpret images, process conversational speech or navigate real world environments.

"Jetson TX1 will enable a new generation of incredibly capable autonomous devices," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. "They will navigate on their own, recognize objects and faces, and become increasingly intelligent through machine learning. It will enable developers to create industry-changing products."

Key features of Jetson TX1 include:

  • GPU: 1 teraflops, 256-core Maxwell architecture-based GPU offering best-in-class performance
  • CPU: 64-bit ARM A57 CPUs
  • Video: 4K video encode and decode
  • Camera: Support for 1400 megapixels/second
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4; 25.6 gigabits/second
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth ready
  • Networking: 1GB Ethernet
  • OS Support: Linux for Tegra
  • Size: 50mm x 87mm, slightly smaller than a credit card

http://www.nvidia.com

Micron Debuts DDR4 NVDIMM, Combining DRAM with NAND Flash

Micron Technology introduced a persistent memory technology that combines the low-latency benefits of DRAM with the lower cost of NAND Flash. The NVDIMM technology from Micron could play a key role in data center server design, allowing greater volumes of data to be stored closer to the CPU, boosting the performance of applications such as big data analytics, storage appliances, RAID cache, In-Memory Databases and On Line Transaction Processing.

Micron is now producing 8GB DDR4 NVDIMM, the company's first commercially available solution in the persistent memory category.  In the event of a power failure or system crash, Micron's NVDIMM solution provides an onboard controller that safely transfers data stored in DRAM to the onboard non-volatile memory, thereby preserving the data that would otherwise be lost.

"Micron is delivering on the promise of persistent memory with a solution that gives system architects a new approach for designing systems with better performance, reduced energy usage and improved total cost of ownership," said Tom Eby, vice president for Micron's compute and networking business unit. "With NVDIMM, we have a powerful solution that is available today. We're also leading the way on future persistent memory development by spearheading R&D efforts on promising new technologies such as 3D XPoint™ memory, which will be available in 2016 and beyond."

http://www.micron.com/persistentmemory

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory 1000x Faster than NAND

Intel and Micron Technology have developed a non-volatile memory that is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

The 3D XPoint technology, which is now entering production, is described as the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

"One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage," said Mark Adams, president of Micron. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications."

Intel said the 3D XPoint technology follows more than a decade of research and development. The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/28/intel-and-micron-produce-breakthrough-memory-technology


In March 2015, Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

T-Mobile's Binge On Offers Unlimited Streaming from Netflix, HBO, Hulu

Starting November 15th, T-Mobile (U.S.) will allow its Simple Choice users on a qualifying plan to stream unlimited video from Netflix, HBO NOW, Hulu, and other cites without using any of their data plan. There is no additional cost.

The announcement marks T-Mobile's 10th Un-carrier move.

T-Mobile is also boosting its Simple Choice plan by doubling the data at every level and cutting the cost of extra gigs.

“Un-carrier X marks the next step in this revolution, and it is massive,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. “Today, we’re not only doubling your data in Simple Choice, we’re making your data work a lot harder for you! With Binge On, video streams free from 24 streaming services to start, and more to come! Only T-Mobile would find a way for customers to watch unlimited HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV and more…without eating into their LTE data, while the Duopoly is squeezing consumers with overage fees and over-buying!”

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/media-kits/un-carrier-x.htm

ARM Debuts Cortex-A35 for Mobile and Embedded Applications

ARM introduced the first CPU in a new family of ultra-high-efficiency ARMv8-A processors designed for high-growth mobile and embedded applications. Currently more than 50 percent of smartphones now shipping using an SoC based on the ARMv8-A architecture.

The new ARM Cortex-A35, which is expected to begin shipping in production silicon from the company's partners by late 2016, offers 64-bit and 32-bit computational capability with cryptography features.

ARM said its design delivers an average of 20 percent greater performance and efficiency across a range of 32-bit mobile workloads relative to Cortex-A7 while consuming less than 90mW total power per core when operating at 1GHz in a 28nm process node. The Cortex-A35 consumes about 33 percent less power per core and occupies 25 percent less silicon area, relative to the Cortex-A53.

“Cortex-A35 is the natural successor to the compact-footprint Cortex-A7, the leading energy-efficient processor, which has powered more than a billion smartphones and tablets,” said James McNiven, general manager, CPU group. “With the introduction of the world’s most efficient 64-bit capable mobile processor, ARM and its partners will deliver the benefits of 64-bit computing to the next billion smartphone users and beyond.”

At this week's ARM TechCon 2015 conference in Santa Clara, California, ARM is also releasing a new suite of products to accelerate secure IoT deployments. The release includes mbed Device Connector, a free service that businesses can use to connect and securely manage IoT devices. It also includes the enhanced mbed OS (Technology Preview version) and new mbed Reference Designs.

http://www.arm.com

Dell'Oro: SDN Market to Grow Over 70 Percent in 2015

Dell'Oro Group is forecasting that the Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market will grow more than 70% in 2015, versus 2014. A new report finds that 2015 marked an important milestone in SDN, with many Ethernet Switch architectures ratified and production deployments under way.

"SDN's impact on the Ethernet Switch market increased significantly in 2015 as deployments expanded beyond the large Cloud Providers," said Alan Weckel, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "It is clear that, by 2020, data centers will look significantly different from today's.  We are already seeing an impact on the overall networking and IT markets as enterprise customer spend stagnates while spend from Cloud Providers such as AWS and Azure explodes.  As we look towards next generation 25 GE and 50 GE server access we expect to see significant disruption amongst the vendors with Dell's planned acquisition of EMC being a prelude to further market consolidation," Weckel stated.

http://www.delloro.com

Versa Unveils its Vision for the SD-WAN

Versa Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced its software-defined WAN portfolio and outlined its vision to transform how enterprises build their WAN and branch office networks. The Versa solution leverages virtualized network functions (VNF), programmability and dynamic provisioning to re-architect the WAN and branch network for much greater agility, cost efficiency and simpler operations.


The Versa VNF solution consists of three components that together create next generation WANs and branch networks:

  • Versa FlexVNF: The core building block for Versa VNF solutions, which includes a broad set of virtualized network and security functions with carrier-grade multi-tenancy, programmability, service chaining, service elasticity and cost-effective deployment choices
  • Versa Director: Single point of centralized control and management for both connectivity and services
  • Versa Analytics: A real-time analytics engine that provides control, visibility, prediction and a feedback loop for adaptability

By eliminating proprietary hardware and truck rolls, the company estimates it can cut the total cost of ownership by up to 80%. For service providers and large enterprises, Versa said its solution changes the game by enabling multi-tenancy with the ability to provision and manage hundreds of individual customers or business subsidiaries.  Versa supports multi-service capabilties with automatic service chaining, enabling complex managed services and branch network architectures with multiple networking and security functions. The Versa VNFs run on commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

In its launch materials, Versa cited Orange and Colt.

http://www.versa-networks.com/products/

  • Versa Networks was founded in 2012 by Kumar (CEO) and Apurva Mehta (CTO), who are credited with the development of the MX series routers at Juniper Networks.
  • The company has raised $43 million in funding to date.  Investors include Sequoia, Verizon Ventures and Mayfield.

CenturyLink Picks Nuage for Programmable Services Backbone

CenturyLink has selected Nuage Networks to provide networking functionality for its Programmable Services Backbone (PSB) network architecture.

PSB is an open, software-enabled platform for delivering dedicated services based on NFV technology to CenturyLink's enterprise and small and mid-sized business (SMB) customers at any time regardless of their location. It places applications and services close to the network edge so they can be deployed, modified and scaled rapidly as business demands change.

Nuage said its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) overlay enables CenturyLink to deliver:
  • Cloud control – VSP unifies or "federates" new virtualized services with VPN, co-location and existing cloud services into a single entity that makes the services available wherever the user is. This foundation provides CenturyLink full control of the unified cloud as well as the ability to program its global network from the customer premises to the public cloud.             
  • Efficient operations – VSP integrates and interoperates with Open Source cloud platforms to coordinate compute, storage and networking needs. It also automates network provisioning across the entire federated cloud. Additionally, Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Assurance Platform (VSAP) provides CenturyLink the capability to detect, debug and resolve problems quickly through a real-time inventory of virtual services, physical connectivity and the correlation between them.
  • Comprehensive, consistent security – VSP's micro-segmentation capabilities protect against internal and external security breaches. VSP also addresses key security gaps in virtual machine and Docker container environments. 

"By moving virtualized network functions from a hardware appliance to a pure software environment coordinated by OpenStack and Nuage Networks, CenturyLink will be able to automate provisioning with a policy-based approach," Nuage Networks Chief Executive Officer Sunil Khandekar said. "It allows CenturyLink to develop, launch and perfect virtualized network services rapidly."

http://www.nuagenetworks.net/

CenturyLink Hits its Stride with NFV/SDN

CenturyLink is on track virtualize 40 percent of its global IP core network locations by end of 2015 with plans to have full global virtualization coverage in its IP core network and data centers by 2018.

The company said it has already built its NFV platform in 36 network and data center locations in seven countries, with plans to expand into a total of 44 locations by the end of the year.

CenturyLink also was one of the first providers to use NFV technology to virtualize security features such as firewalls and a content delivery network (CDN) to distribute video through its Prism® TV service, providing quicker delivery of these services. In the coming months, CenturyLink will begin deploying a range of virtualized data and voice infrastructure services, including virtualized Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) routers and Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) to enable dynamic delivery of scalable services for customers.

"CenturyLink is taking its network assets and combining them with our expanded NFV platform and cloud services to create a customizable and dynamic applications marketplace infrastructure that will give businesses near real-time provisioning and more control over their service experience," said Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink executive vice president and chief technology officer. "The customer experience is a top priority for CenturyLink. Integrating virtualized services into our network and developing an interactive marketplace and portal for our customers allows us to be more responsive to market opportunities and meet changing customer demands. We are pleased that our efforts position CenturyLink as an industry leader in virtualization."

CenturyLink began implementing network virtualization and automation in 2013 when it partnered with five vendors to develop an open environment through common API structures, creating interoperability and enhancing the creation of applications. In February 2014, CenturyLink announced its agreement with Ericsson to deliver a next-generation Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support Systems (BSS) solution through a single, reliable transport infrastructure which can rapidly fulfill customer demands and create the support needed for implementing NFV and SDN services.

In addition to Ciena, CenturyLink is working with several vendors, including Arista Networks, Nuage Networks, Red Hat and Supermicro to implement virtualization functions in its network and to deliver NFV-based versions of the vendors' current product lines.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-announces-virtualization-plans-as-it-continues-integrating-its-network-into-the-cloud

CenturyLink Readies NFV-Enhanced Service Launch with Cyan

CenturyLink is preparing to launch NFV-enhanced services to enterprise and small and midsized business (SMB) customers based on Cyan’s Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator.

Specifically, CenturyLink will use Cyan’s Blue Planet orchestration for their Programmable Services Backbone (PSB), its platform that for next-generation virtualized services to its customers.  Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator bridges multiple technologies to instantiate virtual network functions (VNF) from multiple vendors. Blue Planet will add these virtual network functions to CenturyLink’s network for quickly providing software-enabled services and ubiquitous service coverage to CenturyLink’s broad set of customers.

Cyan said its Blue Planet software can instantiate and control virtual functions, coordinate with physical and virtual network resources, and interconnect virtual functions (i.e., vFirewall, vDPI, vEncryption, vRouter, vDNS, etc.) to achieve service chaining. The programmability of the Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator allows carriers like CenturyLink to onboard and define new services through a flexible template-based architecture. The open architecture of Blue Planet’s NFV Orchestrator enables rich, multi-vendor environments within the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), including support for different cloud management software and physical servers.

“CenturyLink has taken a leadership position in driving the changes required to build a more service- centric network that derives maximum value from network assets while addressing evolving customer requirements,” said Aamir Hussain, CTO, CenturyLink. “The Programmable Services Backbone delivers an open, software-enabled architecture based on Cyan’s NFV orchestration technology that will allow us to rapidly deploy new services to enterprise and SMB customers across our footprint.”

“CenturyLink is leading the network transformation movement that is so critical to the future of our industry,” said Mike Hatfield, president, Cyan. “We’re proud that Cyan’s Blue Planet is playing a critical role in how they deploy multi-vendor VNFs as services to end customers. Together, CenturyLink and Cyan are unifying the data center, virtual resources, WAN, and managed services to create a new way of doing business for network operators.”

http://www.centurylink.com
http://www.cyaninc.com/company/news-room/press-releases/2015/centurylink-to-offer-nfv-enhanced-services-to-enterprise-and-smb-customers-with-cyans-blue-planet-#.VQGtyPm-2-1

Broadcom Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Avago

Broadcom shareholders approved all proposals necessary for its previously announced acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited.

http://www.broadcom.com

Avago's Acquisition of Broadcom Aims to Transform Networking Semiconductors

Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares, valued at $20 billion as of May 27, 2015, resulting in Broadcom shareholders owning approximately 32% of the combined company. Based on Avago's closing share price as of May 27, 2015, the implied value of the total transaction consideration for Broadcom is $37 billion.

The merger will create the third largest global semiconductor company with strong presence in wired infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, ASICs, PHYs, Ethernet switching silicon and set-top box silicon.  It will have combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and $77 billion in enterprise value.

Upon completion of the acquisition, the new company will be known as Broadcom Limited. Mr. Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago, will continue to serve as President and CEO.  Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Samueli will join the board of the combined company as will another director from Broadcom. In addition, Dr. Samueli will be appointed Chief Technology Officer of the combined company. Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Nicholas will serve in a strategic advisory role within the combined company, reporting to Mr. Tan.

ESnet Deploys Ciena's 6500 Packet/Optical

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to support its new 400G network. Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset features 16QAM modulation, which doubles system traffic capacity with 200 Gbps per wavelength and allows for a dual subcarrier 400G solution. Inaddition, Ciena’s Flexible Grid technologies allow ESnet to utilize incremental increases in capacity with the ability to pack more wavelengths on a fiber.

ESnet connects tens of thousands of DOE Office of Science researchers at more than 40 U.S. laboratories and supercomputing facilities to research partners around the world. The network currently carries approximately 34 petabytes of data each month. Traffic on the network has increased an average of 10 times every four years, propelled by the rising tide of data produced by supercomputers, global collaborations that involve thousands of researchers, and specialized facilities like the Large Hadron Collider and digital sky surveys. It is expected that ESnet will need to carry more than 60 petabytes of data per month by 2016.

Ciena said the 400G network will provide NERSC with uninterrupted connectivity during its transition to a new site located on the main campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. It will also support advanced research projects on topics ranging from cosmology to genomics to materials, in addition to generating massive datasets from scientific modeling and simulation.

ESnet has also established a 400G testbed, utilizing fiber from Level 3 Communications, to assess the use of flexible grid technologies, which are being developed to allow service providers to extract additional capacity out of fiber spectrum. The testbed allows ESnet to provide advanced network architecture insights to share with other universities, national laboratories and service providers building next generation networks.

http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/ESnet-Taps-Ciena-for-400G-Research-and-Education-Network.html
http://www.es.net/

Affirmed Networks Lands Saudi Telecom for vEPC

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has deployed Affirmed Networks’ virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution in its live network.

Affirmed said its solution involves virtual geo-redundancy, and supports the delivery of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services in the region. The Virtual Evolved Packet Core deployment is currently in full operation in STC’s network to support M2M services across the Kingdom. The new vEPC platform is initially geared towards supporting services in the area of M2M services. The delivery of M2M connectivity enables STC’s customers to gain real-time information on their respective services and will help reduce costs and improve the productivity and safety of their various assets.

http://www.affirmednetworks.com/

Arianespace Launches Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15 (India)

Arianespace successfully launched two satellites from the French Guiana Space Center on board its Ariane 5 heavy launcher rocket. This marks the 69th successful launch in a row by Ariane 5.

Arabsat-6B (BADR 7) is the ninth satellite orbited by Arianespace since the launch of Arabsat-1A in 1985. This satellite is the first of the sixth generation of satellites in the Arabsat fleet. It will provide telecommunications and direct- to-home (DTH) TV broadcast services for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.  The satellite is fitted with 27 Ku-band transponders and offers multiple Ka-band spotbeams. It will be positioned at 26° East, and has a design life exceeding 15 years.

GSAT-15 is the 19th satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). It will provide telecommunications services for the country, along with dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services. Arianespace has launched 91% of ISRO's geostationary satellites that used non-Indian launch systems, dating back to the launch of the country's experimental satellite APPLE on Flight L03 in 1981.  It is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders, plus two GAGAN transmitters for augmented navigation accuracy. It will be positioned at 93.5° East, and offers a design life of 12 years.

http://www.arianespace.com/

See also