Friday, September 25, 2015

Ericsson and Qualcomm Demo LTE-U at 300 Mbps

Ericsson and Qualcomm conducted a demonstration of LTE-U at last week's PT/Expo Comm China 2015. The companies combined one 20 MHz licensed component carrier (CC) with one 20 MHz CC running on 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum over the air to deliver a peak throughput of up to 300 Mbps, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE.

The demonstration at PT/Expo Comm China 2015 used an RBS 6402 indoor picocell radio base station with multi-standard, multi-band capabilities and Wi-Fi support. It is designed for  buildings up to 5000 square meter in size.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.qualcomm.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

ARIN Issues Last IPv4 Address from Free Pool -- All Gone

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the nonprofit association that manages the distribution of Internet number resources for its region, has issued the final IPv4 addresses in its free pool.

“The exhaustion of the free IPv4 pool was inevitable given the Internet’s exponential growth,” said John Curran, ARIN’s President and CEO. “Luckily, we prepared for this eventuality with IPv6, which contains enough address space to sustain the Internet for generations. While ARIN will continue to process IPv4 requests through its wait list and the existing transfer market, organizations should be prepared to help usher in the next phase of the Internet by deploying IPv6 as soon as possible.”

“When we designed the Internet 40 years ago, we did some calculations and estimated that 4.3 billion terminations ought to be enough for an experiment. Well, the experiment escaped the lab,” said Vint Cerf, ARIN’s Board Chairman and renowned Internet pioneer. “The Internet is no longer an experiment; it is the lifeblood of commerce, communication and innovation. It needs room to grow and that can only be achieved through the deployment of IPv6 address space.”

ARIN has established a Waiting List for Unmet IPv4 Requests and will process these if it receives any IPv4 addresses from IANA, or when any are recovers from revocations or returns from organizations.  ARIN also noted that organizations looking to add or transfer IPv4 space should be aware that the exhaustion of the ARIN free pool does trigger important changes in ARIN’s Specified Transfer Policy and Inter-RIR Transfer Policy. This change specifically impacts those organizations that have been the source entity in a specific IP address space transfer within the last twelve months. Effective today, because exhaustion of the ARIN IPv4 free pool has occurred for the first time, there is no longer a restriction on how often organizations may request transfers to specified recipients.

The attention now shifts to IPv4’s successor, IPv6.

https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150924.html

NIST Researchers Teleport Quantum State over 100km of Fiber

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NTT have transferred quantum information carried in light particles over 100 km of optical fiber, four times farther than the previous record. The breakthrough could lead to quantum repeaters, opening the door to quantum communications over long distances of fiber.

Previously, quantum state has been teleported over free space, but transfers over optical have been limited because fewer than 1% of photons could be detected through 100km of fiber.

http://www.nist.gov/pml/how-to-teleport-quantum-information.cfm





Researchers at NTT Envision Quantum Repeaters in Future Photonic Networks


Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and the University of Toronto are proposing all-photonic quantum repeaters for long-distance quantum communication.  If achieved, such devices would disprove the necessity of matter quantum memories in long distance quantum communications, which is seen by many as the ultimate future of optical communications.

In a paper published this week by the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said their all-photonic scheme paves a completely new route towards long-distance quantum communication based only on optical devices. Compared to matter quantum memories, this approach eliminates the quantum interface between matter and photons.  The design is based on existing optical technology, such as linear optical elements, single-photon sources, photon detectors and an active feed-forward technique.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2015/1504e/150415a.html

Dell Updates its Switching Portfolio

Dell rolled out a number of big expansions to its networking portfolio.  For the campus, Dell introduced a new unified-campus architecture powered by the new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P Rapid Access Node. In the data center, Dell debuted the Dell Networking S6100-ON, combining multi-rate connectivity, modularity and open networking.

"At Dell, we’re taking a holistic, end-to-end approach to networking from connecting server storage and workloads together in the data center to connecting desktops and mobile devices in the campus," said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure. "We’re excited about these new products and capabilities and the new levels of simplicity and flexibility to help our customers become future ready."

Some highlights:

  • Dell Networking C9010 Network Director and C1048P Rapid Access Nodes -- Dell's new unified-campus architecture provides a single management view for the entire campus from access to core, enabling a single point of control for quality of service, policy provisioning and software upgrades, as well as for programming software-defined attributes. The new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director is a next-generation multi-rate capable modular switch and is the first platform based on the new Dell campus network architecture. It delivers optimum scalability for up to 4,000 virtual ports managed centrally, a lifetime of flexibility with support for 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) today, and a tool-free upgrade to 100GbE in the future to meet the growing bandwidth requirements of a diverse campus of end-users and end-points. For initial deployments, the C9010 can be deployed as a traditional campus switching platform without the Dell Networking C1048P Rapid Access Node, serving to aggregate legacy switching platforms in wiring closets.

    The new Dell C1048P Rapid Access Node extends the capabilities of the C9010 Network Director by providing enhanced power over Ethernet well as user access and connectivity back to the C9010. The C1048P can be deployed either stand-alone or in a stacked configuration.
  • Dell Networking S6100-ON Multi-Rate Modular In-Rack Switch -- this data center switch combines multi-rate connectivity with chassis-level modularity and open networking. Multiple expansion modules support port speeds ranging from 10 – 100GbE with both QSFP28 and CXP port choices.


http://www.dell.com


New Hibernia Express Cable Timed at Record 58.95ms Latency for NY-London

The new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable is delivering an actual tested latency of better than 58.95ms (milliseconds) from New York to London, which is faster by more than half a millisecond off the original projected speed.

Hibernia Networks said its new undersea cable has undergone rigorous testing over the past two weeks. Testing parameters included power stability, spectral efficiency and latency. The results confirmed the latency on Hibernia Express from LD4 in Slough, England to NY4 in Secaucus, New Jersey to be under 58.95ms.

“Hibernia Networks is excited to announce that we not only have built the lowest latency transatlantic link connecting New York to London, but have also exceeded our original design goals with a tested latency of sub-58.95 milliseconds,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks. ”Our team, along with our key partner, TE SubCom, has worked tirelessly to ensure the Hibernia Express cable system provides our customers with unmatched capabilities. The test results confirm that we are able to provide the lowest latency, highest capacity solutions to support the business objectives of our customers.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com/hibernia_express


  • Hibernia Express utilizes a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100X100 Gpbs design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps. Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform. Hibernia Express follows the most direct route between the UK and North America, promising to reduce latency by at least 5 milliseconds over existing cables.

California's CENIC Wins Grant to Expand Pacific Wave Research Net

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), along with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) as a sub awardee and coauthor of the proposal, has been awarded a grant of nearly $3.5 million from the National Science Foundation’s International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program to expand the Pacific Wave Software Defined Exchange (SDX) over a five-year period.

The grant enables the expansion of U.S.-Asia scientific research network collaboration.

The Pacific Wave SDX, which will be deployed in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, is an integral component of the international effort to interconnect research and education networks using Software Defined Networking (SDN). The Pacific Wave SDX joins several other IRNC awardees to support research, development and experimental deployment of multi-domain SDXs and will serve as an innovation platform for next generation networking, including enhancing connectivity to campus and wide-area “Science DMZ” infrastructures like the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), which enables researchers to move data between labs and scientific instruments to collaborators’ sites, supercomputer centers, and data-repositories without performance degradation.

“California’s research universities, along with more than 200 other research institutions across the U.S., will benefit from these enhanced capacities, enabling them to access scientific instruments and exchange data with their research collaborators in the Asia-Pacific Region,” said CENIC President & CEO Louis Fox, who is also principal investigator on this IRNC grant. “We look forward to working with other IRNC awardees, the NSF, and our Asia-Pacific colleagues as we continue to develop this critical infrastructure for international scientific research.”

http://www.cenic.org

Pacific Wave Adds 40G TransPacific Capacity

Pacific Wave has upgraded its U.S. West Coast peering exchange by adding a second 40 Gbps connection to Australia and New Zealand. The link goes from Los Angeles through the Big Island of Hawaii and on to Australia. It complements an exisitng 40 Gbps link from Seattle through Oahu to Australia.

Pacific Wave is a state-of-the-art international peering exchange designed to serve research and education networks throughout the Pacific Rim and beyond and features connection points at three US West Coast locations: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Seattle. It is a joint project between the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) with support from the University of Southern California and the University of Washington.

http://www.pacificwave.net

IBM Opens APIs for Extending Watson's Cognitive Capabilities

IBM is releasing a wide set of APIs for extending the language recognition, speech and vision capabilities of Watson. The cognitive APIs will help third-party developers in creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson.

New capabilities, offered through the Watson Developer Cloud, include advanced language, speech, and vision services, and developer tools. The company said Watson has evolved from one API and a limited set of application-specific deep Q&A capabilities two years ago, to more than 25 APIs powered by over 50 technologies now. New speech capabilities include Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

IBM also announced the opening a new Watson development hub in San Francisco, expanding on its NYC headquarters.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47715.wss

Internap Teams with Akamai for Cloud Security

Internap and Akamai Technologies announced an alliance to provide customers with Internap’s performance-optimized cloud, data center and network services combined with Akamai’s cloud security and data center protection services.

Internap will offer Akamai Cloud Security solutions to organizations in security-conscious industries – including financial services, healthcare and automotive – that require the infrastructure reliability, availability and scalability that Internap and Akamai jointly deliver. The alliance is expected to result in advanced web security solutions for organizations with performance-reliant applications and workloads, as well as more efficient access to both companies’ technologies.

“Organizations that demand optimal web and application performance simply can’t afford the potentially business-impacting outages and downtime associated with DDoS attacks,” said Michael Ruffolo, Internap’s president and CEO. “We believe this alliance is a logical and powerful combination that uniquely addresses this problem for our joint customers. Akamai will be our sole DDoS mitigation provider, bringing market-leading security capabilities to Internap’s state-of-the-art data center facilities and to our expertise in delivering high-performance cloud, colocation and networking services.”

http://www.internap.com
https://www.akamai.com/

Interoute Expands Fiber Routes in the Netherlands

Interoute has expanded its network in the Netherlands. Thea carrier is adding 43 route km of fiber to its Amsterdam city network, increasing network capacity by 21% in its Amsterdam city network. Part of this expansion includes the addition of 22 route km of cable between the Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam South-East areas of the city.  The current city network spans 230km of duct routes, and more than 275 route km of fibre optic cables, and is continuing to grow.

http://www.interoute.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Researchers Announce First All-Photonic Nonvolatile Memory Chip

Researchers from Oxford University, the University of Münster, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Exeter have created the world’s first all-photonic nonvolatile memory chip.

A paper published this week in the journal Nature Photonics describes how intense pulses of light sent through a waveguide can change the state of Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) material — the same as that used in rewritable CDs and DVDs. The pulse of light causes the material to melt and assume an amorphous structure.

Less intensive pulses of light cause the material to enter into a crystalline state. The difference in state affects how much light is transmitted in subsequent pulses, enabling data to be stored as optical bits as either 1s or 0s.  The state can be preserved for extended periods of time. Moreover, the researchers say the optical bits can be re-written at frequencies of up to one gigahertz.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-09-21-light-based-memory-chip-first-ever-store-data-permanently
https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/17407.php
http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphoton.2015.182.html

Cisco Forms $100 Million Joint Venture with China's Inspur

Cisco and Inspur (浪潮), a leader server and super computing company based in China, agreed to set up a joint-venture in China to sell networking technologies and products, build world-class information technologies and solutions, and deliver other advanced technologies and services in areas including IT infrastructure, cloud, data center, smart cities, and big data.

The companies will invest an initial US$100 million in the joint venture.

The announcement comes during President Xi Jingping's first state visit to the United States.

Earlier this year, Cisco said it would invest US$10 billion in China to support local innovation and the country's ongoing technology transformation.

In a blog post, Cisco'c CEO Chuck Robbins writes "I’m optimistic that working with Inspur will add to the recent momentum that we’ve seen in our business in China. Today, China represents approximately 3% of our business, and being the world’s second largest economy, we see the potential to increase this considerably over time. Our fiscal Q4 results in China were more encouraging than any quarter over the past two years. During my June visit, we had incredibly constructive discussions with customers and key ministries that were focused on our ability to deliver customer solutions that only our unique partnership capabilities can bring."

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-and-china-a-long-term-view

AT&T NetBond Connects with CSC Agility Platform for Cloud Services

CSC and AT&T are teaming up to offer an easier way for enterprises to manage workloads across hybrid cloud networks.

The joint solution integrates the CSC Agility Platform with the AT&T NetBond services, enabling developers to rapidly and consistently provision apps onto cloud and network services using automation. Users can access multiple cloud providers from a CSC Agility Platform single control plane over AT&T’s virtual private network. The CSC Agility Platform quickly applies policies to multiple clouds.

“We’re combining our strengths to provide a complete hybrid cloud management solution,” said Jon Summers, senior vice president, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. “The CSC Agility Platform can manage multiple clouds from one dashboard and AT&T NetBond provides on-demand, dynamic network management.”

“We’re creating a more consistent blueprint for hybrid cloud apps. This makes the user experience easier and more complete, while improving conformance with enterprise guidelines. The joint solution does just that,” said Dan Hushon, CSC chief technology officer. “This is a step forward for enterprise cloud service -- end-to-end control helps the most complex environments work better.”

http://www.csc.com/global_alliances/alliances/112505-at_t
http://about.att.com/story/revolutionize_hybrid_cloud_management.html

Microsoft Inks Deal with Baidu for Windows 10 in China

Baidu.com will become the default homepage and search for the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10 for China.

In return, Baidu, which has over 600 million active users in China, will become a Windows 10 distribution channel for Microsoft. Baidu will offer a “Windows 10 Express” version to its users. Additionally, Baidu will deliver Universal Windows Applications for Search, Video, Cloud and Maps for Windows 10.

Microsoft said it remains committed to delivering Bing around the world.

Microsoft also announced that Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi will adopt Windows Azure, operated by 21Vianet and based on Microsoft technology, to provide cloud services for Mi Cloud. Xiaomi also uses a domestic cloud platform operated by its sister company.
  http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/09/23/windows-10-in-china/

Samsung's NVMe SSD Boasts Read Speed of 2,500 MB/s

Samsung introduced the first consumer-ready, Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology and supporting the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 3.0 interface.

The 950 PRO, which will be available in 512 GB and 256GB storage capacities, boasts sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s. Random read performance is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS. It features Samsung's second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software.

The drive features AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption to protect data and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which can protect the device and data in inclement weather from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. It can also withstand physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.

Pricing starts at $199.99 for the 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB capacity.

http://www.samsung.com/950PRO

Google Cloud Dataproc Brings Fast Hadoop & Spark Cluster Provisioning

Google introduced new capabilities for managing clusters of Hadoop and Spark.

Google Cloud Dataproc, which is now in beta,  is a managed Spark and Hadoop service that leverages open source data tools for batch processing, querying, streaming, and machine learning. The service can be used to create and manage clusters ranging in size from 3 to hundreds of nodes.

Google said its Cloud Dataproc can create Spark and Hadoop clusters in 90 seconds or less, compared to 5 to 30 minutes using on-premises or IaaS providers.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/09/Google-Cloud-Dataproc-Making-Spark-and-Hadoop-Easier-Faster-and-Cheaper.html

Verizon Brings Private Traffic Mgt to LTE

Verizon introduced a Private Network Traffic Management solution that works with its LTE network to give enterprises better performance and the ability to enable prioritization among mobile applications.

The subscription-based service, which is available only to Verizon Private Network customers, can be added to select Verizon Private Network 4G LTE devices for a monthly fee per user, based on the service level option selected. The service levels that can be assigned to applications, include:

  • Premium & Enhanced: Available to all Verizon Private Network customers, the Premium and Enhanced service level options allow customers to allocate portions of their 4G LTE connection, in correlation with the selected subscription, for sending mission critical applications.
  • Public Safety: Data applications traversing this top-tier service level exclusively available to Public Safety customers who subscribe to the Verizon Private Network, including Emergency Services or other first responders, will receive the highest transmission priority to enable critical communications to reach their destination quickly.

“The surge in enterprise mobility and IoT adoption by organizations has created a demand for powerful networking solutions that are the growth engine for successful initiatives,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation with Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/09/private-network-traffic-management-4glte/




See video: https://youtu.be/JS5eU4_OcJc

Equinix to Power all its California Data Centers with Solar

Equinix signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 megawatts (MWAC) of new solar power with SunEdison -- enough energy to offset the consumption of its 11 data centers and headquarters in California.

SunEdison will build a new solar farm near Calexico, California, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The project is expected to come online in the second half of 2016. The Mount Signal Solar II project is expected to generate 300,000 MWh per year to offset Equinix's electrical consumption.

Equinix said this power purchase agreement will effectively reduce its carbon footprint by over 180 million lbs of CO2 annually – the equivalent of taking 18,000 passenger cars off of U.S. roads each year. Equinix will also receive Green-e certified renewable energy certificates from SunEdison to bridge the approximately 12 months from contract execution to project completion.



Equinix Commits to 100% Clean and Renewal Data Center Energy

Equinix committed to a long-term goal to use 100% clean and renewable energy to power its global platform, which now includes data centers in over 33 markets on five continents. Equinix aims to deliver carbon-neutral data center and interconnection services.

In 2014, Equinix consumed over 2,200 gigawatt hours of energy across its global data center platform.

In a blog posting, David Rinard is Senior Director of Global Sustainability & Procurement at Equinix, describes the company's newly adopted set of Renewable Energy Principles.

https://blog.equinix.com/2015/04/living-by-our-principles-and-a-commitment-to-100-renewable-energy-use/

ADVA's CloudConnect DCI Carries 2 X 200 Gbps Wavelengths over 385km Span

The Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) has tested ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform to link two data centers at 400 Gbps.

The trial connected research and education centers in Poznań and Warsaw over a 385 km fiber span using the live commercial PIONIER network. PIONIER is a consortium of Polish research and education organizations and its network is operated domestically by PSNC. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect was configured with two 200 Gbps wavelengths operating at 16QAM within an optical super-channel. The system also featured reconfigurable add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) and hybrid amplifiers. The company said its DCI technology transported data continuously for 14 hours without any block errors.

“Our DCI technology is helping to redefine the market. It’s completely changed people’s expectations about what’s possible,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Our 400 Gbps trial with PSNC is the latest example of this. It’s a landmark event for our FSP 3000 CloudConnect™. Transporting 400 Gbps over 385km at 16QAM and with no errors is a clear indication of how robust and reliable our technology is. In many respects, this is what stands our DCI solution apart. It’s true plug and play. There are very few companies in our industry that can make that statement and mean it. This trial is another clear illustration of why our DCI technology is proving so popular with customers.”


  • In June 2015, ADVA Optical Networking introduced its Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution designed for Internet Content Providers (ICPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect, which is available in multiple chassis configurations including four rack units (4RUs), features a 400 Gbps single line card. It can transport up to 25.6 Tbps  duplex capacity per fiber pair from a single rack, delivering 51.2 Tbps of total throughput at 1.4 Tbps per rack unit. It includes amplifiers, multiplexers and all other necessary components .  ADVA said its FSP 3000 CloudConnect has been specifically engineered to scale and there’s no client port lock-in. As new Ethernet data rates emerge, they can be supported by plugging new line cards into the entire range of chassis. Instead of an active backplane, the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect features a modular design that eliminates unnecessary electrical processing. The system offers auto discovery and provisioning of the optical layer. It also supports a range of customizable APIs for programmability, including CLI, REST, NETCONF, and RESTCONF. 

Intel Launches Data Center SSDs with NVMe + 8 Lanes of PCIe 3.0

Intel introduced its highest performance SSDs for the data center to date.

The Intel SSD DC P3608 Series with NVMe leverages eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 to eliminate bottlenecks.

The drives feature a unique NVMe dual-controller architecture that allows efficient scaling with Intel Xeon Processors with multiple cores, evenly distributing the IO of up to 850K random read IOPS while the PCIe 3.0 x8 link enables data transfers of 5 GB/s.

The Intel SSD DC P3608 Series is available in capacities of 1.6TB, 3.2TB, and 4TB in a single PCIe 3.0 x8 low-profile add-in-card.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/solid-state-drives-dc-p3608-series.html

Intel joins Verizon’s 5G Tech Forum

Intel has joined the Verizon 5G Technology Forum as one of its core industry partners.

Intel will begin working in Verizon’s 5G sandbox environments in Verizon’s San Francisco and Waltham, MA Innovation Centers. Intel is also developing  its own 5G test beds in Oregon, California and other locations, and is continuing its work on mobile broadband and IoT 5G devices, mm-wave dual connectivity technology, virtualized radio access network (RAN) elements supporting massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), ultra-low latency response, high frequency small cells, and mobile edge computing.

“Intel’s expertise in computing from the device to the network to the data center and Verizon’s strong network technology allow the two companies to bring a unique perspective to 5G as computing and communications converge,” said Aicha Evans, Vice President and General Manager of the Communication and Devices Group at Intel. “Together the two companies will lay the foundation for the next generation networks to achieve the 5G deployment goals.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-sets-roadmap-5g-technology-us-field-trials-start-2016