Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SENDATE completes multivendor SDN trial with Coriant and ADVA

SENDATE, the Celtic-Plus flagship project for secure networking of data centers in Europe, completed a multi-vendor SDN field trial featuring real-time planning of transparent high-speed services across a disaggregated, multi-domain optical network.

The SENDATE trial was conducted in the Telia Company R&D lab in Stockholm with live connectivity to production network fibers, the multi-vendor, multi-domain trial included participation from optical networking and SDN solution suppliers and research partners, including ADVA, Coriant, highstreet technologies, VPIphotonics, and the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

The trial demonstrated end-to-end wavelength service activation between disaggregated transponders spanning SDN-enabled ADVA and Coriant optical domains.



Use cases tested during the trial included dynamic optical reach planning using open APIs and SDN-enabled 100G and 200G alien wavelength provisioning across multi-vendor optical domains. The successful interworking leveraged an extension of the standardized ONF T-API interface significantly enhanced and extended with optical impairment capabilities for automated network planning. The SDN controller was based on OpenDaylight with an integrated photonic planning app running as a micro-service.

More information on the field trial will be presented at the ECOC exhibition on 24-26 September in Rome, Italy. Visit the VPIphotonics booth 302.

SENDATE participants said the trial showcased the critical role that standards-based SDN interworking and integrated planning play in simplifying operations and reducing end-to-end provisioning times in multi-domain, disaggregated optical networks.

“As new high-bandwidth end-user applications drive increased demand for photonic layer connectivity, service providers face the real-world challenge of provisioning across multi-vendor optical networks. Today these networks are operated as separate domains involving proprietary and mostly offline planning,” said Mauro Costa, Director Network and Infra Architecture, Telia Company. “An open and integrated approach to multi-domain service planning helps solve this challenge. In combination with SDN-based orchestration of multi-vendor transport elements, including open line systems, integrated and real-time service planning paves the way for a more agile and automated optical infrastructure capable of meeting stringent performance demands of new services, including 5G.”

SENDATE, Secure Networking for a Data Centre Cloud in Europe, is a 70 million euro public-private partnership project comprising 83 companies, research organizations, and universities from Germany, France, Finland, and Sweden.

https://www.celticplus.eu/celtic-plus-project-sendate-simplifies-operations-of-open-optical-networks/

Multi-terabit INDIGO subsea cable lands in Perth

The new INDIGO cable system (previously known as APX West & Central) has landed in Perth, Australia.

The INDIGO cable system will span approximately 9,000 km between Singapore and Perth, Australia, and onwards to Sydney. The system will land at existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia, providing connections between Singapore and Jakarta.

The consortium project is backed by  AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra.

The system will feature a two-fibre pair 'open cable' design and spectrum- sharing technology. This design will allow consortium members to share ownership of spectrum resources provided by the cable and allow them to independently leverage technology advances and implement future upgrades as required.

Utilising coherent optical technology, each of the two fibre pairs will provide a minimum capacity of 18 Tbit/s, with the option to further increase this capacity in the future.

In April 2007, the consortium selected Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the construction of a new subsea cable system.



Nuage frames SD-WAN 2.0 around automation and security

Nokia's Nuage Networks said it is moving ahead to the next phase of software-defined wide are networking.

Nuage Networks' SD-WAN 2.0 offering is its architecture for delivering and orchestrating enterprise IT services across data centers, public cloud services, SaaS provider clouds and enterprise branch sites. The company says the latest release of its  Virtualized Network Services (VNS) platform embodies this architecture with new automation and security capabilities for helping enterprises to connect not only branch and regional sites, but also to their private data centers, SaaS providers and public clouds.

Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nuage Networks, says: "The industry is on the cusp of a big shift towards SD-WAN. Today, Nuage solidifies its SD-WAN 2.0 leadership, adding key features to improve the security and manageability of VNS, and further reinforces our founding vision to connect enterprise users to their applications without boundaries. Unlike other vendors that either have basic connectivity solutions, use proprietary hardware or need to cobble together multiple platforms to address enterprise IT needs, we purposefully developed our VNS offer on a single platform to give our customers a powerful, seamless and consistent set of capabilities across the entire network. By offering IT services over SD-WAN and combining them with Nuage's core strengths in large scale networking and operational capabilities, Nuage Networks VNS establishes itself as the industry's first and foremost SD-WAN 2.0 platform."

New security capabilities include end-to-end microsegmentation, as well as the ability to detect threats and respond in real-time. This protects against malicious unauthorized access. Administrators can monitor all network communication across and within a branch to identify anomalies and violations of policies. The system generates automated actions by creating security rules in real-time based on real-time events and patterns.

Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 also provides enterprises flexible infrastructure to deploy value-added services, whether locally through hosting 3rd party VNFs on an x86 uCPE or service-chained in the data center or cloud, ending the complexity of installing and remotely managing dedicated purpose-built customer premises equipment or single-function appliances.

Talari debuts "Cloud Connect" SD-WAN

Talari Networks introduced its new "Cloud Connect" solution for hybrid multi-cloud enterprise networks. 

The company says its multi-tenant Cloud Connect platform ensures MPLS-class reliability and Quality of Experience (QoE) when accessing multiple SaaS and public cloud services. The cloud-first approach aims to deliver the same reliability benefits of Talari’s failsafe SD-WAN site-to-site connectivity while bringing cost savings and independence from proprietary carrier lock-in.

Talari’s solution enables cost-effective and efficient high QOE connectivity to Software as a Service (SaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), cloud service gateways, and managed Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings through a new high-availability connection called a Cloud Conduit.  Underlying the immediate commercial appeal of the Talari Cloud Connect solution, Talari is announcing the support of several leading UCaaS, NaaS and Cloud Service providers (CSPs).  Partners including RingCentral, Evolve IP, Pure IP, Meta Networks and Mode are the first to offer Cloud Connect support.

“Prior to working with RingCentral and Talari, our firm’s cloud services were dependent on separate and expensive dedicated circuits for messaging, voice, video, meetings, and conferencing,” said Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group. “The addition of Talari’s new Cloud Connect solution within Ring Central’s Unified Communication offering helps boost service reliability while simplifying cloud management and network troubleshooting.”

“Talari’s customers are heavily invested in complex cloud business applications to securely power everyday operations reliably and at scale,” said Patrick Sweeney, CEO at Talari Networks. “Talari Cloud Connect ensures secure, reliable, predictable access to SaaS and cloud-based network services, without enterprises being forced to bear the burden and complexity of deploying and managing SD-WAN infrastructure in the cloud. Cloud Connect helps enterprises and their cloud services providers deliver full multi-link visibility, reliability and bi-directional QoS while accessing cloud/SaaS-based apps.”

https://www.talari.com/press_release/talari-cloud-connect-leapfrogs-sd-wan-competition/

OE Solutions expands 25Gbps portfolio with designs for 5G fronthaul

OE Solutions introduced two industrial-temperature rated 25Gbps SFP28 transceiver products for access applications, including for 5G fronthaul.

“OE Solutions specializes in carefully tailored transceiver solutions to meet the many and often challenging requirements of access networks. Fiber and spectrum scarcity have been constant drivers for bi-directional transceivers and we now see interest in alternative WDM solutions in the O-band, including LAN-WDM as well as custom wavelengths, as a way to increase fiber capacity,” said Per Hansen, VP Marketing & Sales of OE Solutions. “We have been a leading supplier of specialized transceiver solutions for wireless fronthaul since OE Solutions’ formation 15 years ago. Deployment of the next generation wireless, 5G will surely be as exciting for OE Solutions as the first one.”

The new 25Gbps transceivers joining OE Solutions’ extensive list of IT-rated transceivers for access applications are:
  • 25Gbps SFP28 LAN-WDM Duplex ER-lite IT for distances up to 30km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1270nm/1330nm BIDI LR IT for distances up to 10km
These transceivers will be generally available in Q3 2018.

Other members of the industrial-temperature rated 25G portfolio include:
  • 25Gbps SFP28 CWDM Duplex LR IT for distances up to 10km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1270nm/1310nm BIDI ER-lite IT for distances up to 30km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1310nm Duplex LR IT for distances up to 10km
OE Solutions will be showing its portfolio at next week's ECOC in Rome, Italy. Booth #250.

OE Solutions introduces Packet over SONET Smart SFP

OE Solutions introduced a Smart SFP transceiver for 2.5 Gbps Packet over SONET/SDH.

The new SFP+ transceiver can be used to connect routers and switches across SONET/SDH networks, without the need for a dedicated interface card.

The company says that by inserting its plug-and-play Smart SFP in a free 10GbE port, any router or packet switch can be upgraded to support 2.5 Gbps Packet over SONET/SDH, saving power, space and cost. Additionally, it provides extra flexibility, as any number of SFP+ ports can be upgraded to provide a SONET/SDH network interface. The new Packet over SONET Smart SFP is currently in field trials and will be available during Q4 2018.

OE Solutions already has a rich portfolio of Smart SFP solutions for TDM over Packet, that allows customers, ranging from large network equipment manufacturers to small city carriers, to deploy new services on their network or to solve problems which could not be easily solved before, by using the Smart SFPs.

“Our innovative Smart SFPs are opening up new markets and applications. Our partnership with AimValley leverages our optical expertise and their network technology expertise to build unique products that solve real network problems for the operators”, said Y.K. Park, CEO of OE Solutions.

OE Solutions will be showing its Packet over SONET Smart SFP at next week's ECOC in Rome, Italy.Booth #250.

https://oesolutions.com

Oclaro to showcase laser portfolio at ECOC 2018

At next week's ECOC Exhibition in Rome, Italy, Oclaro will showcase its full suite of high-speed lasers for access and wireless networks.

Designed to meet the high-performance and rigorous environmental conditions of access deployments, these

The line-up includes:

  • A 25 Gbps uncooled Industrial-temperature (I-temp) rated Direct Modulated DFB laser (DML) chip. The 25 Gbps uncooled DML chip is capable of operating at high temperature up to 95C, which means that transceiver suppliers will not have to mount an expensive, power-hungry thermoelectric cooler inside. In addition, the high bandwidth of the Oclaro DML chip enables 50 Gbps PAM4 waveforms to be obtained with 5 dB Extinction Ratio and TDECQ values of less than 2.0dB. These features enable the laser to operate in 50GbE transceivers such as SFP56 or QSFP28.
  • A 10 Gbps high-power I-temp DML laser chip. that is designed for carriers currently upgrading the data rate to 10 Gbps as per the new XGS-PON/10GE-PON standards. By enhancing its DML waveguide design, Oclaro has been able to deliver a 10 Gbps high-power 1270nm DML chip for ONU equipment for XGS-PON/10GE-PON. Key differentiators of this laser chip are its high optical output power (15mW at 95C) and high bandwidth (more than 15GHz).
  • New electro-absorption modulated (EML) lasers that also service data center applications. Oclaro's EML designs are capable of high-speed operation for 100 Gbps PAM4 using an extremely high-bandwidth modulator. Oclaro EMLs have passed the rigorous damp heat operating and storage requirements of GR-468, making them an attractive option for coolerless operation over typical data center temperature ranges. 
Oclaro said it has recently expanded its production capacity by investing in new wafer fab equipment in its Japan and UK production facilities. The expansion will meet growing customer demand for these lasers and in anticipation of the future ramp of 5G optical links.

"Network upgrades to the current access infrastructure will require a new generation of low-cost, robust, and high-speed lasers that can withstand the rigorous requirements demanded by deployments in outdoor enclosures and uncontrolled temperature nodes," said Walter Jankovic, President of Oclaro's Optical Connectivity Business Unit. "Oclaro has designed its lasers specifically to deliver a higher level of performance over wide operating temperature ranges and support critical features such as PAM4 modulation. These lasers are expected to be critical components to support the introduction of 5G wireless networks by enabling customers to upgrade their wireless fronthaul links from 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps to 50 Gbps."

Oclaro's 25 Gbps uncooled DML chip I-temp, 10 Gbps high power DML LD chip I-temp, and EMLs are all currently in mass production.

Cadence intros deep neural-network accelerator AI processor IP

Cadence Design Systems introduced its deep neural-network accelerator (DNA) AI processor intellectual property for developers of articial intelligence semiconductors for use in applications spanning autonomous vehicles (AVs), ADAS, surveillance, robotics, drones, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), smartphones, smart home and IoT.

The Cadence Tensilica DNA 100 Processor IP targets high performance and power efficiency across a full range of compute from 0.5 TeraMAC (TMAC) to 100s of TMACs. The company said processors based on this IP could deliver up to 4.7X better performance and up to 2.3X more performance per watt compared to other solutions with similar multiplier-accumulator (MAC) array sizes. Compatibility with the latest version of the Tensilica Neural Network Compiler enables support for advanced AI frameworks including Caffe, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, and a broad spectrum of neural networks including convolution and recurrent networks. This makes the DNA 100 processor an ideal candidate for on-device inferencing for vision, speech, radar, lidar and co

“The applications for AI processors are growing rapidly, but running the latest neural network models can strain available power budgets,” said Mike Demler, senior analyst at the Linley Group. “Meeting the demands for AI capabilities in devices ranging from small, battery-operated IoT sensors to self-driving cars will require more efficient architectures. The innovative sparse compute engine in Cadence’s new Tensilica DNA 100 processor addresses these limitations and packs a lot of performance for any power budget.”


IEEE 802.11aq enables wireless service delivery

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) approved and published IEEE 802.11aq, an amendment to IEEE 802.11™, that addresses discovery of available services in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

The IEEE 802.11aq amendment specifies parameters for pre-association queries between wireless networks and devices. By facilitating a rich exchange of information between the wireless access point and the user’s device, users can swiftly and effortlessly discover what types of services are supported before making the decision to connect. Simplifying the service discovery process streamlines the network selection process, thereby elevating the end user experience.

IEEE said storing and caching available services with access points permits operators to differentiate their service offerings from those of market competitors in the same locality, opening the door to potential revenue generation opportunities.

“Connecting to a WLAN without first being able to easily discover whether a given service is supported by that network is often a source of frustration for end users. The IEEE 802.11aq amendment mitigates these situations by permitting users to quickly determine what services are available prior to actually connecting their devices,” said Stephen McCann, chair IEEE 802.11aq task group. “IEEE 802.11aq also delivers a critical competitive advantage through service differentiation in crowded market environments.”

Red Hat continues to grow at double digit clip - up 14% in Q2

Red Hat reported revenue of $823 million, up 14% in USD year-over-year, for its second quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended August 31, 2018. GAAP operating income for the quarter was $135 million. Non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $197 million, up 3% year-over-year. For the second quarter, GAAP operating margin was 16.4% and non-GAAP operating margin was 23.9%.

“Our second quarter results were consistent with our guidance and we drove 20% growth in total backlog to $3.3 billion,” said Eric Shander, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Red Hat. “We are re-affirming our full year growth in constant currency at 16%-17% year-over-year; however, we are adjusting our full year total revenue guidance in dollars by approximately $15 million, solely to account for the change in FX rates.”


  • Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $527 million, an increase of 8% in USD year-over-year, or 8% measured in constant currency. 
  • Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings for the quarter was $196 million, an increase of 31% in USD year-over-year, or 31% measured in constant currency.

Converge ICT leverages Coriant's packet transport in the Philippines

Converge ICT (CICT) Solutions, the leading provider of pure fiber internet solutions in the Philippines, is using the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform and Coriant Transcend Chorus network management solution for its metro core and regional transport infrastructure. The CICT nationwide deployment of the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform spans over 450 sites and supports Carrier Ethernet services.

Converge ICT recently completed MEF CE 2.0 Certification, including E-Line EPL/EVPL, E-Access EPL/EVPL, and E-LAN/EP-LAN service configurations. The Converge CE 2.0 services certification testing was administered by MEF’s approved third-party testing entity Iometrix, and was conducted in July.

“This important milestone reinforces our ability to meet our customers’ stringent performance requirements with a portfolio of best-in-class Ethernet services,” said Jesus Romero, Chief Operating Officer, Converge ICT Solutions. “Our advanced Carrier Ethernet capabilities also provide the reliable foundation for enhanced service interoperability and interconnection leveraging standards-based CE 2.0 interworking.”

"We are pleased to be a trusted partner to Converge ICT and were excited to have the opportunity to provide configuration support during the company’s recent MEF certification testing,” said Alfred Ling, Managing Director, North Asia & Oceania, Coriant. “Our CE 2.0-capable transport solutions are purpose-built for the fast, efficient, and reliable introduction of carrier-grade Ethernet connectivity, which enables service providers like Converge to differentiate their end-to-end service offerings.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Equinix: Interconnection bandwidth growth

Equinix is projecting that interconnection bandwidth will grow to 8,200+ Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity by 2021, or the equivalent of 33 Zettabytes (ZB) of data exchange per year.

Equinix's newly issued Global Interconnection Index (GXI) forecasts a significant five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48%, almost double the expected 26% CAGR of global IP Traffic as cited in Cisco's VNI report. The forecast also represents a dramatic increase over the previous year's projection.

Interconnection bandwidth is defined in this study as direct and private traffic exchange between key business partners.

"Significant macro, technology and regulatory trends are converging to form an unprecedented era of complexity and risk and forcing the integration of physical and digital worlds," said Sara Baack, Chief Marketing Officer for Equinix, Inc. "The second volume of the Global Interconnection Index has found that companies are solving their increasing digital requirements by directly connecting to key business partners through Interconnection, as traditional forms of connectivity do not meet the demanding requirements of today's businesses."



Some highlights

  • The United States is expected to see compound growth of 45% per annum, contributing more than 40% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • A growing number of regulations requiring data compliance is serving as a catalyst of growth for Europe, which is predicted to grow 48% per annum, contributing to 23% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Asia-Pacific is anticipated to grow 51% per annum, contributing more than 27% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Telecommunications will remain the largest industry user of interconnection bandwidth in 2021, representing 24% of the market.
  • Enterprises interconnecting to network providers will represent the largest volume (66%) of total interconnection bandwidth.
  • Emerging market dynamics and growing digital business adoption positions Latin America for expected 59% per annum growth, contributing more than 9% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Enterprises interconnecting to cloud & IT services will represent the fastest growth (98%) in interconnection bandwidth.
  • The industries with the fastest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of interconnection Bandwidth Consumption include: Energy & Utility (73% CAGR), Healthcare & Life Sciences (70% CAGR) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (67% CAGR).

https://www.equinix.com/global-interconnection-index-gxi-report/


Gyrfalcon ships its AI ASIC for edge applications

Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. (GTI), a start-up based in Milpitas, California emerged from stealth to unveil its low-power AI processing chip for edge equipment.

GTI said it has taken an "edge-first" approach to its IoT technology. Its "Lightspeeur" 2801S is a 7mm x 7mm 28nm ASIC that uses just 300mW of power to deliver 9.3 TOPS/W for processing audio and video input. Between two and 32 chips can be combined on one board for heavy compute loads or separate task handling.

The company said it is now shipping the device to 10 customers, including LG, Fujitsu, and Samsung. Also shipping to customers developing edge AI solutions is GTI's USB3.0 dongle with an embedded Lightspeeur 2801S that accelerates customer development processes when creating next-generation AI enabled equipment and devices.

"Balancing the cost-performance-energy equation has been a challenge for developers looking to bring AI-enabled equipment to market at scale," said Dr. Lin Yang, chief scientist, GTI. "The GTI founding team has been watching the industry struggle with this challenge for decades, and believe that our AI Processing in Memory and Matrix Processing Engine provide an elegant solution to avoid having to make trade-offs. By deploying APiM and MPE on a standard, commoditized ASIC, GTI is enabling our customers to bring innovative, AI-enabled devices to the masses."

"We are paving the way for the next wave of AI products to make it to market," said Kimble Dong, CEO of GTI. "We recognized that device makers were compromising on essential design variables in AI-enabled equipment and have sought to solve this over the past few decades. Our offering marries our "edge-first" approach with ultra-fast AI data processing technology, low power consumption and a small chip design to enable the best AI experience and performance at a low cost, within any AI use case, physical fit and deployment."

http://www.gyrfalcontech.com


Ampere releases its ARM-based CPU for data center servers

Ampere, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, released its first generation Armv8-A 64-bit processors for data centers.

Key specs:
  • 32 Ampere-designed Armv8-A cores running up to 3.3 GHz Turbo
  • Eight DDR4-2667 memory controllers
  • 42 lanes PCIe 3.0 for high bandwidth I/O
  • 125W TDP for maximum power efficiency
  • TSMC 16nm FinFET process

Pricing:

32 cores @ up to 3.3 Ghz Turbo $850
16 cores @ up to 3.3 Ghz Turbo $550.

Ampere said it has been selected by Lenovo as well as several ODMs.

“We have made tremendous progress since our launch eight months ago, continuing to execute on our first and second generation products. More importantly, we are ahead of schedule on building out a robust, multi-product roadmap that meets the performance and features demanded by the cloud computing ecosystem,” said Renee James, chairman and CEO of Ampere. “We are partnering with world-class OEMs like Lenovo and several ODMs to address the unique design requirements for our cloud customers and meet their total cost and performance targets.”

Ampere emerges from stealth with 64-bit ARM server designs

Ampere, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, emerged from stealth and revealed its plans for 64-bit ARM-based server processors aimed at hyperscale cloud applications and next-generation data centers.

Ampere Computing is headed by Renee James, the former president of Intel until 2016. Its team also includes three other Intel veterans: Atiq Bajwa, Chief Architect, and foremerly VP and GM of product architecture at Intel; Rohit Avinash Vidwans, Executive Vice President of Engineering, with 25 years experience at Intel including work on Xeon microprocessors for data center and enterprise servers; and Greg Favor, Senior Fellow, and 25 years experience at Intel including over 60 patents. Ampere is backed by The Carlyle Group.

Ampere said its processors will offer a high performance, custom core Armv8-A 64-bit server operating at up to 3.3 GHz, 1TB of memory at a power envelope of 125 watts. It will also offer mixed signal I/O features including PCIE Gen 3, SATA Gen 3, USB and workload accelerators, as well as the high-performance on-chip fabric. The processors are sampling now and will be in production in the second half of the year.

In October, The Carlyle Group acquired the compute business of AppliedMicro from MACOM, which earlier in 2017 acquired Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AppliedMicro") in a deal was valued at approximately $770 million on the day it was announced.

In March 2017, AppliedMicro announced the sampling of its third generation 16-nanometer FinFET Server-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution, X-Gene 3.  The device is an ARMv8-A compatible processor that matches comparable x86 processors in CPU throughput, per-thread performance, and power efficiency while offering advantages in memory bandwidth and total cost of ownership. It features 32 ARMv8-A 64-bit cores operating at speeds up to 3.0 GHz, eight DDR4-2667 memory channels with ECC and RAS supporting up to 16 DIMMs and addressing up to 1TB of memory and 42 PCIe Gen 3 lanes with eight controllers.

Germany anticipates 5G spectrum auction in Q1 2019

Germany's Federal Network Agency has prepared draft rules for a 5G spectrum auction next Spring. The draft rules include provisions on coverage requirements, service providers and national roaming requirements. The draft will be presented for discussion next week to the Advisory Board. Consultation with market participants will follow and a final decision is to be made in November. The auction is anticipated to occur during the first quarter of 2019.

The draft of rules for the 5G frequency auction is posted here.

https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/DE/Allgemeines/Presse/Reden/5GVergabebedinungen.html?nn=265778


DT commits to 1,000 new base stations in Bavaria

Deutsche Telekom has committed to the deployment of 1,000 new base stations and to upgrade 1,200 existing sites in Bavaria by 2020. The upgrades include deployment of the latest Single RAN technology and LTE 900.

In addition to the 1,000 planned new base stations, Deutsche Telekom also plans to fill another 100 coverage gaps, often also referred to as "white spots."  Deutsche Telekom is spending more than EUR 5 billion per year in Germany.

Over the past eight months, the company has commissioned 30 new mobile base stations in Bavaria. It has also upgraded 220 sites with new services.

Deutsche Telekom is consulting with the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland, to improve coverage in border-adjacent areas.


United Smart Cities and Deutsche Telekom form partnership

Deutsche Telekom has formed a partnership with United Smart Cities, which is a global initiative established and coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER). The goal is to address key issues cities face today by providing tangible projects and solutions in cooperation with cities across the globe.

Initial area of focus include smart street lighting, air quality monitoring or smart parking.


"Cities are the hubs of the future and need individual integrated solutions to solve their challenges. Our partnership with Deutsche Telekom enables the development and showcasing of these solutions," states Kari Aina Eik, Executive Director, United Smart Cities.


Dell'Oro: SP edge router and switch market down 8% in 1H18

The worldwide service provider edge router and carrier Ethernet switch market declined eight percent in the first half of 2018 compared to 2017, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Multiple factors drove market decline, but potential rebound from new products is on the horizon.

Some highlights:

  • The top four vendors, in rank order were Cisco, Huawei, Nokia, and Juniper.
  • Growth in the Europe partially offset softness in North America and Asia Pacific regions.

“The confluence of tepid telecom spending, maturing 4G mobile backhaul deployments, and new product introductions have contributed to the reduction in demand for routers and switches,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Telecom operators in the US have pared down their spending well below historical levels as they evaluate new technologies and architectures for 5G backhaul, and on top of that, the massive network buildouts in China are slowing after years of growth.   On the positive side, Cisco, Juniper, and Nokia have introduced major upgrades to their edge router portfolios that should bring customers back in the coming quarters,” added Umeda.

Dell’Oro: CBRS will grow at a rapid pace

The Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) market will grow at a rapid pace between 2018 and 2022 with total RAN investments approaching $1 billion and CBRS RAN shipments to eclipse half a million units, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

Other highlights from the CBRS RAN 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • CBRS investments are not expected to have a significant impact on the WLAN capex.
  • CBRS is projected to account for a double-digit share of the DAS market.
  • More than 20 vendors are planning to launch commercial CBRS RAN solutions. 

“While there is some concern that the mid-band spectrum policies in the U.S. could impact the magnitude and pace of the 5G NR outdoor deployments and as a result enable other countries to take the lead in the 4G to 5G transition, the irony is that the U.S. is currently one of the few countries that is seeking to change the ownership model and the status quo about how networks are built,” said Stefan Pongratz, senior director with Dell’Oro Group. “And more importantly, our conversations with both suppliers and end users suggest that the new ownership model and reduced barriers-to-entry in the CBRS band is already fostering innovation and opening up new opportunities and use cases for a wide range of participants,” continued Pongratz.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Interview: Habana Labs targets AI processors

Habana Labs, a start-up based in Israel with offices in Silicon Valley, emerged from stealth to unveil its first AI processor.

Habana's deep learning inference processor, named Goya, is >2 orders of magnitude better in throughput & power than commonly deployed CPUs, according to the company. The company will offer a PCIe 4.0 card that incorporates a single Goya HL-1000 processor and designed to accelerate various AI inferencing workloads, such as image recognition, neural machine translation, sentiment analysis, recommender systems, etc.  A PCIe card based on its Goya HL-1000 processor delivers 15,000 images/second throughput on the ResNet-50 inference benchmark, with 1.3 milliseconds latency, while consuming only 100 watts of power.

Habana is also developing an inference software toolkit to simplify the development and deployment of deep learning models (topologies) for mass-market use. The idea is to provide an inference network model compilation and runtime that eliminates low-level programming of the processor.

I recently sat down with Eitan Medina, Habana Labs' Chief Business Officer, to discuss the development of this new class of AI processors and what it means for the cloud business.

Jim Carroll:  Who is Habana Labs and how did you guys get started?

Eitan Medina: Habana was founded in 2016 with the goal of building AI processors for inference and training. Currently, we have about 120 people on board, mostly in R&D and based in Israel. We have a business headquarters here in Silicon Valley. In terms of the background of the management team, most of us have deep expertise in processors, DSPs, and communications semiconductors. I previously was the CTO for Galileo Technology (acquired by Marvell), and now I am on the business side. I would say we have a very strong and multidisciplinary team for machine learning. We certainly have the expertise in the processing, software and networking to architect a complete hardware and software solution for deep learning.


In building this company, we identified the AI space as one that deserves its own class of processors. We believe that the existing CPUs and GPUs are not good enough.

The first wave of these AI processors are coming now or being announced now. Habana decided that unlike other semiconductor companies, we would only emerge from stealth once we have an actual product. We have production samples now and that is why we are officially launching the company.

Jim Carroll: Who are the founders and what motivated them to enter this market segment?

Eitan Medina: The two co-founders are David Dahan (CEO) and Ran Halutz (VP R&D), who worked together at Prime Sense, a company that was acquired by Apple. We also have onboard Shlomo Raikin (CTO), who was the Chief SoC Architect at Mellanox and who has 45 patents. We've also been able to recruit top talent from across the R&D ecosystem in Israel. The lead investors are Avigdor Willenz (Chairman), Bessemer, and WALDEN (Lip-Bu Tan).

Jim Carroll: What does the name "Habana" refer to?

Eitan Medina: In Hebrew, Habana means "understanding" -- a good name for an AI company.

Jim Carroll: The market for AI processors, obviously, is in its infancy. How do you see it developing?

Eitan Medina: Well, some analysts are already projecting a market for new class of chipsets for deep learning. Tractica, for instance, divides the emerging market into CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs, SoC accelerators, and other devices. We see the need for a different type of processor because of the huge gap between the computational requirements for AI and the incremental improvements that vendors have delivered over the past few years, which right are just small improvements to CPUs and GPUs. Look at the best-in-class, deep learning models and then calculate how much computing power is needed to train them. Look at how these requirements have grown over the past few years. Trying graphing this progression and you will see a log scale graph with a doubling time of three and a half months. That's 10x every year. Initially, people were running machine learning on CPUs, and then they adopted Nvidia's GPUs. What we see in the market today is that training is dominated by GPUs, while influence is dominated by CPUs.

Jim Carroll: So what is Habana's approach?

Eitan Medina: When we looked at the overall deep learning space, we began with the workflows. It is important to understand that there's a training workflow, and there's an inference workflow. What we are introducing today is our "Goya" inference processor. Our "Gaudi" training processor will be introduced in the second quarter of 2019. It will feature a 2Tbps interface per device and its training performance scales linearly to thousands of processors. We intend to sell line cards equipped with these processors, which you can then plug into your existing servers.

The inference processor offloads this workload completely from the CPU. Therefore, you will not need to replace your existing servers with more advanced CPUs. What can this do for you?  This is where our story gets really interesting. We're about more than an order of magnitude improvement.


Look at this graph showing our ResNet-50 inference throughput and latency performance. On the left side is the best performance Intel has shown to date on a dual socket Xeon Platinum.  Latency is not reported, which could be a critical issue. In the middle is Nvidia's V100 Tensor GPU, with shows 6ms of latency -- not bad, but we can do better. Our performance, shown on the right, exceeds 15,000 images per second with just 1.3ms of latency. Our card is just 100 watts, whereas we estimate at least 400 watts for the other guys.

Jim Carroll: Where are you getting these gains? Are you processing the images in a different way?

Eitan Medina: Well, I can say that we are not changing the topology.  If you are an AI researcher with a ResNet-50 topology, we will take you topology and ingest it to our compiler. We're not forcing you to change anything in your model.

Jim Carroll: So, if we try to understand the magic inside a GPU, Nvidia will talk about their ability to process polygons in parallel with large numbers of cores. Where is the magic for Habana?

Eitan Medina: Yeah, Nvidia will say they are really good at figuring out polygons, and may tell you about the massive memory bandwidth they can provide to the many cores. But, at the end of the day, if you are interested in doing image recognition, you only really care about application performance, not the stories of how wonderful the technology is.

Let's assume for a second that there's a guy with a very inefficient image processing architecture, ok? What would this guy do to give you better performance from generation to generation? He would just pack more of the same stuff each time -- more more memory, more bandwidth, and more power. And then he would tell you to "buy more to save more".  Sound familiar? This guy can show you improvements, but if he's carrying that inefficiency throughout the stack, it is just going to be more of the same. If a new guy comes to market, what you want to see is application performance. What's your latency? What's your throughput? What's your accuracy? What's your power? What's your cost? If we can show all of that, then we don't have to have a debate about architecture.

Jim Carroll: So, are you guys using the same "magic" to deliver inference performance?

Eitan Medina: No, but for now, I want to show you what we can do. The lion share of inference processors used by cloud operators today are CPUs -- an estimated 91% of these workloads are running on CPUs. Nvidia so far has not come up with a solution to move this market to GPUs. The market is using their GPUs mainly for training.

Our line card, installed in this server, can ingest and process 15,000 frames per second through the PCI bus.  Because our chip is so efficient, we don't need crazy memory technologies or specialized manufacturing techniques. In fact, this chip is built with 16 nanometer technology, which is quite mature and well-understood. As soon as we got the first device back from TSMC, we had ResNet up and running immediately.

In a cloud data center, three of our line cards could deliver the inference processing equivalent of 169 Intel powered servers or eight of Nvidia's latest Tesla V100 GPUs.



Habana Labs is showcasing a Goya inference processor card in a live server, running multiple neural-network topologies, at the AI Hardware Summit on September 18 – 19, 2018, in Mountain View, CA.

Juniper debuts Contrail Edge Cloud

Juniper Networks introduced its Contrail Edge Cloud for helping service providers deploy new revenue-generating services at the network edge. The aim is to bring a full-fledged secure cloud experience to the space- and power-constrained edge network, which includes base stations, hub sites and switching sites.

Juniper says its Contrail Edge Cloud can extend a full suite of orchestration, automation, security and analytics to the edge for supporting dynamic consumer and enterprise services in a cost and resource efficient manner.

The new Contrail Edge Cloud leverages the software-defined networking capabilities of Contrail Networking and Contrail Security with Kubernetes and OpenStack. Furthermore, it is based on Linux Foundation’s open Tungsten Fabric project.

Some highlights:

  • Footprint-optimized distributed computing: Integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform, with distributed compute, leverages many of the latest OpenStack capabilities to remotely manage the lifecycle of compute nodes and virtual machines (VMs) from a centralized data center, without requiring the footprint of co-located OpenStack control plane functions in each of these remote edge sites. 
  • Containers for faster time to revenue: Contrail Edge Cloud will be capable of supporting Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and other Kubernetes distributions.
  • Unified workflow, policy and service chaining: Contrail Networking with remote compute capabilities enables service providers to deliver a seamless network fabric between VMs, containers and bare metal servers from a single-user interface across physical and virtual environments. Contrail Networking translates abstract workflows into specific networking policies, simplifying the orchestration of virtual overlay connectivity across all environments. Fabric management capabilities automate policies and life-cycle management of each data center and edge site fabric. Contrail Networking provides connectivity and service chaining for OpenStack VM, Kubernetes containers and bare metal workloads without requiring the footprint of co-located control plane functions.
  • Native security and microsegmentation: Contrail Security provides visibility, telemetry and network policy enforcement in a single unified mechanism for service providers that are increasingly deploying a mix of VMs and containers. It includes adaptive firewall policies and tag-based ability to enforce security policies across Kubernetes and OpenStack.
  • Open source software-defined storage: Red Hat Ceph Storage provides massively scalable storage that runs economically on industry standard hardware and manages petabytes of data across cloud and emerging workloads. 
  • Machine learning-based analytics: AppFormix provides machine learning-based performance and health monitoring to give health and service insights into workloads and deployments.
  • Full-featured virtualized security: cSRX and vSRX deliver an industry leading container and virtualized security instance as part of the service chain.
Juniper said it continues to contribute to the Linux Foundation’s Akraino Edge Stack project to further the open cloud initiatives.

“Service providers’ edge networks are beachfront property. As 5G and new applications such as IoT, AR/VR and connected cars all require extreme proximity to the end user, the edge will become ground zero to deploy virtualized network infrastructure, as well as to monetize new applications. Contrail Edge Cloud will greatly simplify the IT side of spinning up and managing these new services in a secure way. And what’s great is it isn’t just for network engineers. It also gives sales and marketing executives a way to get creative with agile new services, so businesses and consumers start seeing carriers as more than just connectivity providers. We are executing all of this in an incredibly small edge-friendly footprint,” stated Sally Bament, Vice President, Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks.

TE Connectivity to sell its Subcom business to Cerberus

TE Connectivity will sell its SubCom subsea communications business to Cerberus Capital Management for $325 million in cash.

SubCo, which is based in Eatontown, New Jersey, designs, manufactures, deploys and maintains subsea fiber optic cable systems. To date, SubCom has completed more than 100 cable systems and deployed over 610,000 kilometers of cable through its eight high-performance cable ship. The division has 1,400 employees.

TE Connectivity said its SubCom business was expected to contribute approximately $700 million in sales to fiscal year 2018 results, with a minimal contribution to profitability. TE will provide supplemental information with respect to the SubCom business when it announces its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.

TE Connectivity plans to use proceeds from the sale for share repurchases.

"The SubCom business is a leader in the undersea telecommunications market, and distinctly different from the rest of TE's connectivity and sensor portfolio. We are pleased that with this transaction we increase our focus as a leading industrial technology company. It strengthens our business model; resulting in a stronger growth profile, reduced cyclicality, higher margins and a greater return on investment," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We appreciate the contributions that the SubCom team has made to our company and toward building a more connected world, and we expect that they will continue that important work in the future with Cerberus."

“SubCom is a recognized pioneer in the subsea fiber optic cable industry with a long track record of technology innovation and excellent project management and customer service,” said Michael Sanford, Co-Head of North American Private Equity and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus.

“The industry-leading solutions and services that SubCom delivers will become even more critical for global companies as demand for data and connectivity continues to grow rapidly. Through this investment, SubCom will become an independent, standalone business that is well-positioned to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities ahead.”

Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (SFP-DD) enters V 2.0

The Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (SFP-DD) Multi Source Agreement (MSA) Group, whose founding members include Alibaba, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell EMC, Finisar, HPE, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, Lumentum, Mellanox, Molex, and TE Connectivity, released the v2.0 specification for the SFP-DD pluggable interface.

SFP-DD is the next-generation SFP form factor for DAC and AOC cabling, and optical transceivers. The innovative electrical interface is designed to support two lanes that operate up to 25 Gbps NRZ or 56 Gbps PAM4 per lane modulation — providing aggregate bandwidth of 50 Gbps NRZ or 112 Gbps PAM4 with excellent signal integrity.

The newly updated specification version 2.0 reflects enhancements to the mechanicals, extended modules and enhanced polarizing key of the high-speed, high-density SFP-DD electrical interface, targeting support of up to 3.5 W optical modules in an enterprise environment.

Version 1.0 of the spec was released in September 2017.

"Through strategic collaborations, we work to increase speed, density and scalability in next-generation servers," said Scott Sommers, Chair of the SFP-DD MSA. "We effectively enhance the roadmap in network applications to meet the challenging demands data centers and enterprise networking platforms are up against."

SFP-DD MSA contributing members are Accelink, Amphenol, AOI, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Fourte, Genesis, Hisense, Infinera, Innolight, Maxim, Multilane, Nokia, Oclaro, Senko, Source Photonics, US Conec, and ZTE.

http://www.sfp-dd.com

ZenFi + Cross River Fiber merger creates NJ-NYC powerhouse

ZenFi Networks, which operates a high fiber count network across all five boroughs of the City of New York, completed its previously announced merger with Cross River Fiber, which operates high-capacity and latency-sensitive fiber optic backbone spans throughout New Jersey and New York. The deal will create a leading communications infrastructure provider in the New York and New Jersey metro areas with more than 700 route miles of fiber optic network, 130 on-net buildings, 49 colocation facilities and 1,700 outdoor wireless locations with more than 3,000 under contract.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We celebrate a new milestone as we formally merge two of the region’s most highly regarded communication infrastructure providers into one agile, innovative organization dedicated to delivering solutions to clients more efficiently,” comments Ray LaChance, CEO of ZenFi Networks. “This transaction enhances our network reach, deepens our product portfolio, and delivers a premier regional communications network infrastructure that is the foundation for 5G network deployments and tomorrow’s evolving network technology needs.”

“I am excited about the future as we blend the considerable talents and experience of both companies,” shares Vincenzo Clemente, newly appointed President and COO of ZenFi Networks. "Combined, we will draw on our decades of experience to push the boundaries of infrastructure innovation, all while remaining focused on efficiently delivering and expanding purpose-built fiber optic networks and wireless solutions for our clients."


NETSCOUT sells off its handset test division

Netscout Systems has divested its handheld network test (HNT) tools business to StoneCalibre, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The HNT portfolio acquired by StoneCalibre includes the LinkSprinter Network Tester, LinkRunner Network Auto-Tester, OneTouch AT Network Assistant, AirCheck G2 Wireless Tester, and AirMagnet Mobile solutions.

NETSCOUT will work toward a smooth transition for customers, partners, contractors and suppliers by collaborating with StoneCalibre to provide a variety of services across a range of functional areas over the next several months as StoneCalibre completes its carve-out of HNT as a standalone company in its portfolio.

Ixia and InnoLight demo 400 GE interoperability with OSFP transceivers

Keysight Technologies's Ixia division and Innolight demonstrated 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) interoperability between InnoLight’s OSFP optical transceivers, an OSFP 400GE switch from a major network OEM, and Ixia’s AresONE-400GE OSFP 8x400GE test system. The demo carried 3.2 Tbps of Ethernet test traffic.

Ixia’s AresONE-400GE test systems enable network equipment providers to test high-port-density devices such as routers, switches and servers for all Ethernet speeds, 400GE/200GE/100GE/50GE, based on the IEEE802.3bs and IEEE802.3cd standards. The 8-port 400GE test system is based on 56 Gb/s electrical interface with PAM-4 encoded signaling, supporting both OSFP or QSFP-DD pluggable interfaces. It runs IxNetwork, Ixia’s field-proven L2/3 emulation performance and scale test software. AresONE is available in full and reduced, 4-port and 8-port models.

“This interoperability test is a great milestone for the 400GE ecosystem with the first known demonstration of multimode and single mode OSFP optical transceivers delivering real network traffic on a major manufacturer’s switch,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Keysight’s Ixia Solutions Group. “These tests show the versatility of the AresONE for testing different types of optical transceivers for 400GE and 200GE speeds as well as the forthcoming 4x100GE and 8X50GE multi-rate Ethernet speeds that these optics will eventually support.”

Mobile World Congress Americas attracted 22,000 attendees

Last week's 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attracted 22,000 attendees, up by 1,000 compared to last year when it was held in San Francisco.

In February, attendance at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was 107,000 visitors, down slightly from 108,000 attendees in 2017 and compared with 101,000 attendees in 2016.

“This year’s show builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event, with a higher number of senior-level attendees from the mobile ecosystem, as well as adjacent industries such as media and entertainment,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Feedback from participating companies indicates that Mobile World Congress Americas delivered on their goals of developing new business, promoting new technologies and products and building visibility amongst industry influencers. We are really pleased with our first event here in LA and look forward to extending this in 2019.”

Singapore's National Supercomputing Centre picks Mellanox

Singapore's National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) has selected Mellanox 100 Gigabit Ethernet Spectrum-based switches, ConnectX adapters, cables and modules for its network.

"We are excited to collaborate with NSCC to interconnect the Singapore's research and educational facilities in the most efficient and scalable way," said Gilad Shainer, Vice President of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "The combination of our Ethernet RoCE technology, Spectrum switches, MetroX WDM long-haul switch, cables and software provide the highest data throughput, enabling users to be at the forefront of research and scientific discovery."

Mellanox ConnectX-5 with Virtual Protocol Interconnect supports two ports of InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity, sub-600 nanosecond latency, and very high message rate, plus embedded PCIe switch and NVMe over Fabric offloads. It enables higher HPC performance with new Message Passing Interface (MPI) offloads, advanced dynamic routing, and new capabilities to perform various data algorithms.

Mellanox Spectrum, the eighth generation of switching IC family from Mellanox, delivers leading Ethernet performance, efficiency and throughput, low-latency and scalability for data center Ethernet networks by integrating advanced networking functionality for Ethernet fabrics. Hyperscale, cloud, data-intensive, virtualized datacenters or storage environments drive the need for increased interconnect performance and throughput beyond 10 and 40GbE. Spectrum's flexibility enables solution companies to build any Ethernet switch system at the speeds of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100G, with leading port density, low latency, zero packet loss, and non-blocking traffic.

Mellanox's MetroX provides RDMA Long-Haul Systems enable connections between data centers deployed across multiple geographically distributed sites, extending Mellanox's world-leading interconnect benefits beyond local data centers and storage clusters.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

SK Telecom to launch 802.11.ax Wi-Fi

SK Telecom is preparing to launch a next-gen public Wi-Fi service based on the 802.11.ax, which offers up to 4.8 Gbps per AP. This is about four times faster than the Giga Wi-Fi (802.11ac Wave1, 1.3Gbps) that SK Telecom first commercialized in 2013.

'T Wi-Fi AX' uses four antennas to transmit and receive radio waves, and the available frequency bandwidth is 160MHz, which is twice the conventional Wi-Fi. The 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands are used.

The latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones are equipped with 802.11.ax chips, and SK Telecom anticipates that other models will be as well.

"T Wi-Fi AX" is the first in Korea to utilize commercial APs that have been officially certified by the government. The AP received an electromagnetic compatibility certification from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) at the end of August and final equipment approval from the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Broadcom ships 802.11ax Wi-Fi Access Point SoC

Broadcom has begun mass production of its WiFi 802.11ax SoC, the first in the industry to be fully compliant with the IEEE 802.11ax specification and the upcoming 802.11ax certification. 

The BCM43684 Max chip, which is Broadcom’s sixth generation Wi-Fi silicon, is aimed at the residential Wi-Fi market. NETGEAR is using the SoC with its Nighthawk product line.

“A little over one year ago Broadcom announced availability of Max WiFi products and committed to bringing the most advanced Wi-Fi technology ever implemented to consumers,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom. “Broadcom’s close collaboration with NETGEAR to enable 802.11ax-based Nighthawk routers will provide consumers with best-in-class Wi-Fi performance delivered using the very latest technology.”

SK Telecom picks Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia for 5G

SK Telecom Co. has named three vendors for its 5G network: Samsung Electronics, Ericsson, and Nokia.

Huawei and ZTE were notably excluded.

SK Telecom said it is on track to launch commercial 5G service in early 2019.

Arista acquires Metamako for FPGA-enabled switch

Arista Networks has acquired Metamako, a start-up specializing in low-latency, FPGA-enabled network solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Metamako is based in Sydney, Australia and was founded by Scott Newham, Dave Snowdon and Charles Thomas, who have a background in ultra-low latency hardware, software and algorithmic trading. Metamako offers a layer 1 switch specifically designed for latency-sensitive applications such as trading.

Arista said the acquisition will play a key role in the delivery of next-generation platforms for low-latency applications.

“It’s with great pleasure that we bring Metamako’s award-winning, ultra-low latency technology to the Arista family of platforms,” said Anshul Sadana, Chief Customer Officer for Arista Networks. “The shared philosophy and focus between our two companies will be instrumental in delivering the world’s fastest solutions to our customers in financial services and stock exchanges.”


Broadcom unveils 200G Ethernet Controller with 50G PAM-4 + PCIe 4.0

Broadcom introduced a 200G Ethernet controller with 50G PAM-4 and PCIe 4.0.

The new "Thor" device, which builds on Broadcom's widely-deployed NetXtreme E-Series architecture, combines a high-bandwidth Ethernet controller with a unique set of highly optimized hardware acceleration engines to enhance network performance and improve server efficiency. Broadcom is offering Thor dual-port 100G PCIe NICs and single-port 100G OCP 2.0 Mezzanine cards. Sampling is underway.

Highlights

  • 200G Ethernet includes 400GbE network connectivity for high availability features and flexible port configurations including 4x100GbE and 2x200GbE
  • 50G PAM-4 SerDes dramatically lowering TCO by reducing cable costs by 50% and doubling port density
  • PCIe 4.0 x16 support maximizing the full potential of servers compliant with the PCI Express 4.0 specification, providing seamless interoperability and doubling server throughput while saving PCIe lanes
  • Third generation TruFlow technology pushing the envelope of flow processing by accelerating applications, such as Open vSwitch (OVS), and reducing the server CPU usage
  • In-band Network Telemetry (INT) with Broadcom's Broadview software suite providing end-to-end real-time monitoring capability, enabling data center operators to fine tune their networks for maximum performance
  • Best performing multi-host solution specifically enhanced for the OCP 3.0 specification, to which Broadcom has been a lead contributor
  • Industry's most secure Ethernet controller solutions for servers leveraging Broadcom's BroadSAFE® technology, providing unparalleled platform security via Silicon Root of Trust
  • 200G controller with smart congestion control engine for RoCEv2, enabling scalable deep learning clusters up to hundreds of nodes using NVIDIA GPUDirect technology

"I am excited we are bringing Thor to market just as customers pivot to 100G and higher throughputs," said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. "Being first to deliver a fully-featured, fully-accelerated, high-performance 200Gb/s Ethernet controller that features market-leading accelerators such as TruFlow, Broadcom's Thor is key to the industry's adoption of 100G and unleashing the power of our customer's cloud and enterprise data centers."

http://www.broadcom.com

Telstra extends its Global Media Network in Europe

Telstra Broadcast Services has expanded the reach and scale of the Telstra Global Media Network (GMN) in Europe by building through partnerships with GlobalConnect, TDF Group, NEP, MTI Teleport Munchen and SIS Live.

The expanded network, which includes existing partners The Switch and AT&T, will now deliver seamless feeds across Europe, USA and Asia connected by fibre enabling the creation and delivery of new services such as Ultra HD and 4K. Telstra's worldwide highly-resilient network is built on a four fibre system with 99.999% availability.

The Telstra GMN embeds native connection with satellite and teleports facilitating the inclusion of hard-to-reach places around the globe to nearly 2,500+ end points including:
1000 customers – media and sports companies USA, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia
1500 venues including many of the top sports and entertainment venues in USA, UK, Europe and Australia
10 Teleports

Trevor Boal, Head of Telstra Broadcast Services says the expansion is part of Telstra’s strategy to grow its position across the European continent and help businesses expand, particularly into the Asia Pacific region.

https://www.telstra.com.au

Polaris Wireless refines Z-axis wireless location tracking

Polaris Wireless, which supplies software-based wireless location solutions, has demonstrated the ability to locate wireless devices in the vertical dimension, or z-axis, within one floor level.

Polaris Wireless leverages available sensor inputs from devices and wireless networks to determine location. The company said its latest release also improves indoor horizontal accuracy.

“We continue to demonstrate the proven effectiveness and high accuracy of our indoor location technology,” said Manlio Allegra, Polaris Wireless CEO. “In emergency situations where first responders are trying to locate wireless callers in a high-rise building, the ability to identify which floor the call is originating from is essential.”

In early 2018, Polaris Wireless participated in

The company also released the following highlights from its recent participation in the CTIA’s Test Bed LLC Stage Z independent vertical location testing, which evaluated barometric-based solutions.  The FCC's Stage Z testing was conducted in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago.
  • Polaris Wireless was one of two technology vendors selected to participate and was the only solution tested in all buildings in all cities. 
  • Polaris Wireless included the widest variety of device and barometric sensor manufacturers. The other participating technology vendor is a hardware-based solution requiring terrestrial beacons and firmware in devices.
  • The Polaris Wireless solution was tested in 3 cities, 48 buildings, 312 test locations, and 55,592 test calls. 
  • Polaris Wireless achieved a vertical accuracy of 4.8 meters at the 80th percentile, with a minimal one-time compensation of the barometric sensor outside of the test cities. 
  • Using actual test call data to emulate active sensor compensation, the Polaris Wireless solution improved to 2.8 meter accuracy at the 80th percentile, which exceeds the generally-accepted definition of floor level of under 3 meters.
  • Polaris Wireless achieved 25.8 meters of horizontal indoor accuracy at the 80th percentile, an improvement of 38% from CTIA’s Test Bed Stage 2 indoor testing for emerging technologies conducted in 2016. 

Zayo wins another dark fiber contract in Europe

Zayo announced that aan international carrier has selected it for a pan-European dark fiber backbone. The name of the customer was not disclosed.

Zayo said this dark fiber project includes a nearly 3,500 route-mile network with dozens of ILA stations, connecting four major European markets. It leverages Zayo’s in-place network in the U.K. and Western Europe. The solution supports the carrier’s European expansion, providing capacity and latency advantages.

The carrier connects to Zayo’s network via subsea cables in Marseille, a strategic gateway and intercontinental aggregation point. Zayo provides diverse fiber routes from Marseille that connect to Paris, Frankfurt, London and other European markets.

Wasabi raises $68 million for cloud storage

Wasabi, a start-up based in Boston, raised $68 million in Series B funding for its cloud storage solutions.

Wasabi says its cloud storage is 80% cheaper and 6x faster than Amazon S3, with 100% data immutability protection and no data egress fees. The company was founded by David Friend and Jeff Flowers, who also co-founded Carbonite. Wasabi says it has picked up over 3,000 customers in the past year.

“The Series B financing will allow Wasabi to expand internationally, continue to invest in our brand, and enable us to compete for the largest storage deals in the world. Our objective is to make Wasabi into one of the world’s most renowned cloud storage vendors,” stated David Friend, Co-founder & CEO of Wasabi.

Datrium raises $60 million for hybrid cloud, including Samsung funding

Datrium, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $60 million for its Open Convergence platform for cloud builders.

The funding was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, with participation from Icon Ventures, and existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Samsung and Icon Ventures to expand our technical and geographical momentum,” said Tim Page, CEO of Datrium. “Enterprises globally have the same problems in simplifying compute and data management across on-prem and cloud. Where SANs don’t even have a  path to cloud, traditional HCI has too many tradeoffs for core datacenters – backup requires separate purchasing and administration, and cloud DR automation is seldom guaranteed. Larger enterprises are realizing that Datrium software offers them a simpler path.”

MACOM to show PAM-4, Silicon Photonics and 64 GBaud at ECOC 2018

MACOM Technology Solutions will demostrate its PAM-4, Silicon Photonics and 64 GBaud products and solutions at next week's ECOC 2018 in Roma, Italy.

Some highlights:

  • 10/25 Gbps-PON ONU/OLT
  • Analog Chipset for 2 km 200 Gbps (4x53 Gbps PAM-4) QSFP Applications
  • 5G Optical Connectivity Solutions
  • 100/200/400 Gbps Data Center Solutions
  • 64 GBaud Driver and TIA solutions for Long Haul, Metro and DCI


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Huawei completes 5G-NR stand-alone testing in Beijing

Huawei completed a set of 5G SA (standalone) functional C-Band tests in Beijing based on the 3GPP NR standard.

The SA test of 5G NR radio access network (RAN) took place in the third phase of China 5G technology R&D test in Beijing, which was organized by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group.

Huawei said this marks the first 5G SA functional test based on the official protocol version of 5G NR (New Radio), following the completion of the 3GPP 5G NR Release15 standard (SA) in June 2018.

The testing used Huawei’s End-to-End (E2E) commercial products, including its 5G NextGen Core (NG Core), gNB , 5G test terminal, and a commercial terminal based on its Balong 5000 chipset.


Affirmed Networks launches virtualized EPC on AWS

Affirmed Networks is introducing a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company says its "Mobile Network as a Service" enables mobile operators to quickly and economically deliver both 4G and 5G services over a scalable cloud infrastructure without requiring excessive capital investments.Mobile operators could use the vEPC to deliver differentiated services, such as IoT/M2M services, enterprise data services, MVNO wholesale services, 4G and 5G services, without costly data center or network infrastructure investments.

"The industry has realized that to keep pace with the explosion of data growth a new approach is required," said Amit Tiwari, Affirmed Networks' Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Systems Engineering. "Cloud-based mobile network architectures are providing operators with unprecedented network flexibility. With the ability to now access AWS as part of a "Mobile Network as a Service" solution, operators gain the ability to easily and cost-effectively scale their networks and their business across geographies and networks that were previously out of reach. With this evolution in networking, they can provide new, innovative, and extremely cost-effective services for end customers."

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