Friday, November 13, 2015

ARM Tunes its 64-bit CPUs for HPC

ARM has developed new math libraries designed to enable the maximum performance of computational software running on ARM-based HPC (High-performance computing) servers and systems. ARM math libraries take advantage of each silicon partner’s specific microarchitecture innovations and features within their SoCs based on the ARMv8-A architecture to ensure peak system performance.

“ARM Performance Libraries are another key milestone in the advancement of the ARM server and HPC ecosystem,” said Hobson Bullman, general manager, developer systems group, ARM. “The HPC community are early adopters of ARM-based servers and the introduction of optimized math routines build a foundation for enabling scientific computing on 64-bit ARM based compute platforms. ARM Performance Libraries hit the mark for both software performance and a consistent library interface to enable ease of software development and portability to ARMv8-A server platforms.”

To accelerate porting of software to platforms based on the ARMv8-A architecture, including 64-bit ARM Cortex® processor-based servers, ARM Performance Libraries offer tested binary distributions of popular open source applications for HPC including ATLAS, OpenMPI, NumPy and TAU. All changes required to port these open source applications to ARM will be fed back to the open source repositories to enable HPC community development and collaboration.

Gogo's 2Ku Delivers 70 Mbps In-Flight

Gogo said its 2Ku next generation satellite technology is capable of matching or exceeding the bandwidth of any other system currently offered.  The new technology will deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of more than 70 Mbps.

As part of the flight testing of 2Ku on its Boeing 737 aircraft, Gogo has simultaneously streamed videos on more than 40 devices while supporting browsing on additional devices. The technology also benefits from the global coverage and redundancy of the more than 180 satellites in the Ku-band.  In addition, the proprietary antenna design gives 2Ku a significant cost advantage over any other global solution.

Gogo's 2Ku is expected to be launched commercially in the coming months.

"This is a tremendous milestone for Gogo.  In about a year and a half, we've been able to fully develop and bring this new technology to market, a speed which is unprecedented in this industry.  The accomplishment really highlights Gogo's leadership in this space and the tremendously talented employees we have within our ranks," said Gogo's president and CEO Michael Small.  "Gogo created the in-flight connectivity market in the U.S. through its technological innovations, and we expect 2Ku to be the technology that kick-starts this industry for global aviation."

Nokia Delivers LTE for Smartone in Macau

Nokia Networks is providing an LTE upgrade for SmarTone's network in Macau.

Under the 5-year contract, Nokia Networks is planning and deploying the operator’s 4G LTE network in one of the world’s densest traffic areas. The project includes:

  • Single RAN Advanced solution, based on the energy-efficient, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station
  • Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Subscriber Data Management platform, a centralized database for all relevant subscriber information
  • Self Organizing Networks (SON) software features for more network efficiency
  • NetAct, a virtualized OSS, will be updated for effective and consolidated configuration, monitoring, management and optimization of SmarTone’s LTE network
  • Network planning and optimization, systems integration and network implementation services to ensure high network quality and a swift rollout   

Michael Shieh, Head of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Sub-region, Nokia Networks, said: “We are proud to be working with SmarTone on its journey to ultra-fast LTE-based broadband connectivity, having already helped the operator build its 2G and 3G networks. Our services experts can meet the challenges of such a high-volume traffic area and are supporting this journey throughout, from the planning phase through system integration and implementation, and also with network maintenance and staff training.”

NTT Comm Signs with PLDT for Data Center Services in Philippines

NTT Communications and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) signed a deal to provide Nexcenter solutions in the Philippines and promote cross-selling.

Under the agreement, Philippines corporations with international operations will be able to use NTT Com’s globally standardized high-quality Nexcenter services at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to its Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already available in the Philippines.

PLDT, supported by NTT Com, expects to gain Nexcenter accreditation for its two main data centers and begin providing Nexcenter services by January 2016. In addition, PLDT will incorporate Nexcenter standards in a new data center now under construction, which also will be launched as a new Nexcenter™ facility. The additions will strengthen Nexcenter™ as No. 1 data center brand in the Asian region.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cisco Posts Strong Growth in Income but Guidance Cites Macro Economic Uncertainty

Cisco reported first quarter revenue of $12.7 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.4 billion or $0.48 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion or $0.59 per share. Revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same period last year, while net income rose by 33%.

"Q1 was a very strong quarter. We are accelerating our ability to deliver on growth opportunities, aggressively driving our cloud business, and delivering continued strength in our deferred product revenue, as we sell more of our portfolio in software and cloud models," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer. "We guided to solid growth in Q2. Our guidance reflects lower than expected order growth in Q1, driven largely by the uncertainty of the macro environment and currency impacts. Despite these headwinds, I believe we are executing very well. We are moving very fast to capture new opportunities and I feel good about how we are positioned for the second half of the year."

Some highlights:

  • Product revenue increased by 4% and service revenue increased by 1%. 
  • Total revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 4%, and each of EMEA and APJC up 3%. 
  • Product revenue growth was led by Data Center and Collaboration at 24% and 17%, respectively. 
  • Wireless and Security each grew 7%, Switching grew 5%, NGN Routing decreased 8%, and Service Provider Video decreased 2%.
  • By product orders per customer segment, Enterprise (3%), Public Sector (0%), Commercial 7%, Service Provider 6%.  Overall 3%.
  • By product orders geographically, Americas 1%, EMEA 3%, APJC 9%. Cisco total 3%.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $59.1 billion, up from $52.1 billion a year ago.
  • Cisco headcount was 72,063, which is about the same as a year ago.

Mellanox Intros 100Gbps InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox Technologies introduced its next generation InfiniBand switch for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers.

The Mellanox Switch-IB 2 is capable of 100 Gbps per port speeds and is the world's first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. It integrates 144 SerDes which can operate at 1Gbps to 25Gbps speeds per lane and delivers 7.02 billion messages-per-second, 90ns switch latency and low power consumption, making Switch-IB 2 the best solution for high-performance computing, cloud, Web 2.0, database and storage centers.

Mellanox said a major innovation is that the switch can manage collective communications (MPI and SHMEM) using embedded hardware, decreading the amount of data traversing the network, reducing application latency with additional benefit of freeing up CPU resources for computation rather than using them to process communication.

“Mellanox smart interconnect solutions will continue to bring not just the widest and fastest interconnect but also more hardware offloads to free the CPU to focus on the application,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s smart interconnect technology is a full generation ahead of the competition in terms of performance and return-on-investment advantages it brings to IT and applications managers.”

Rancher Can Now Orchestrate Persistent Storage Services for Docker

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, now offers the ability to orchestrate Persistent Storage Services for Docker.  This makes its easier for developers to define and deploy the exact storage capabilities needed for their containerized applications.

Rancher, which is the company's flagship software tool for building a private container service, can be used with a Docker 1.9 volume plugin to:

  • Orchestrate the deployment and configuration of storage services directly on container hosts, utilizing any software defined storage platforms shipped as containers, including, for example, Gluster, Ceph and NexentaEdge.
  • Launch applications using Docker Compose that can leverage these storage services to automatically create and mount persistent Docker volumes to support stateful application services such as traditional databases.
  • Utilize any vendor-specific advanced storage features offered by storage services such as snapshot, backup, remote replication and data analytics.
  • Deploy an application with all of its necessary storage services on any virtual machine or bare metal server, running in any public cloud or private data center.

For example, a user deploying a web application running on Tomcat and MySQL can also use Rancher to deploy a Persistent Storage Service based on Gluster. The Gluster storage service can then be distributed across multiple disks running on different hosts within the Rancher cluster. When the MySQL service is launched, Rancher can orchestrate the deployment of a block storage volume from the Gluster service, which is then connected to the MySQL container as a Docker Volume. Users can leverage GlusterFS geo-replication to backup the application to a remote site.

Once the application is deployed, Rancher continues to manage both the application and storage services, monitoring hosts and disks for failures and responding whenever necessary to ensure the availability of the application.

“As developers begin to deploy more stateful applications using Docker, it is critical that storage services become as easy to deploy and migrate as regular Docker containers,” said Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs. “We’re thrilled to announce this latest update to Rancher, as we believe persistent storage services will unleash a new wave of innovation for the Docker ecosystem, community and users.”

Rancher Labs Launches its Container Infrastructure Platform

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, announced the beta release of its platform for running Docker in production. It includes a fully-integrated set of infrastructure services purpose built for containers, including networking, storage management, load balancing, service discovery, monitoring, and resource management. Rancher connects these infrastructure services with standard Docker plugins and application management tools, such as Docker Compose, to make it simple for organizations to deploy and manage containerized workloads on any infrastructure.

Key Rancher features:

  • Cross-host networking: Rancher creates a private software defined network for each user, allowing secure communication between containers across hosts and even clouds.
  • Container load balancing: Rancher provides an integrated, elastic load balancing service to distribute traffic between containers or services.
  • Storage Management: Rancher supports live snapshot and backup of Docker volumes, enabling users to backup stateful containers and stateful services.
  • Service discovery: Rancher implements a distributed DNS-based service discovery function with integrated health checking that allows containers to automatically register themselves as services, as well as services to dynamically discover each other over the network.
  • Service upgrades: Rancher makes it easy for users to upgrade existing container services, by allowing service cloning and redirection of service requests. This makes it possible to ensure services can be validated against their dependencies before live traffic is directed to the newly upgraded services.
  • Resource management: Rancher supports Docker Machine, a powerful tool for provisioning hosts directly from cloud providers. Rancher then monitors host resources and manages container deployment.
  • Native Docker Support: Rancher supports native Docker management of containers. Users can directly provision containers using the Docker API or CLI, as well as using Docker Compose for more complex application management functions. Third-party tools that are built on Docker API, such as Kubernetes, work seamlessly on Rancher.
  • Multi-tenancy and user management: Rancher is designed for multiple users and allows organizations to collaborate throughout the application lifecycle. By connecting with existing directory services, Rancher allows users to create separate development, testing, and production environments and invite their peers to collaboratively manage resources and applications.

Microsoft to offer Cloud Services from UK Data Centers

Microsoft plans to offer commercial cloud services from the UK.

Specifically, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be generally available from local UK-based data centers in late 2016 with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter.

In addition, Microsoft announced the completion of the most recent expansion of its Ireland site and that its data center facility in Middenmeer, the Netherlands, is now operational. Both locations serve as hubs for Microsoft cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, and will provide additional capacity for customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Rocket Fiber Promises 10G Residential Internet in Detroit

Rocket Fiber, a Detroit-based optical fiber Internet service provider backed by Quicken Loans, announced plans to provide up to 10 Gbps Internet speeds for residential customers and up to 100G for businesses.

Rocket Fiber beta testing has already begun for residents connected to the service at The Albert and Malcomson Buildings in Detroit's Capitol Park neighborhood. In addition, 19 office buildings have been connected to the Rocket Fiber network including the First National Building and One Kennedy Square. The company said a large number of business and residential customers are scheduled to "go live" in early 2016.

Rocket Fiber has already laid 17 miles of fiber in the city and began activating clients earlier this month in downtown Detroit's Central Business District. The company is expected to expand to Midtown Detroit in 2016 and then continue to grow in other areas of the city and eventually beyond.

"Rocket Fiber's mission is to develop and implement critical technology infrastructure that will contribute to transforming Detroit into one of the most attractive cities for technology and other businesses to locate," says Rocket Fiber Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder Randy Foster. "Ten-gigabit Internet will put Detroit in an elite category in which technology start-ups and growth companies will naturally and quickly emerge inside its borders."

EZChip Postpones Vote on Acquisition by Mellanox

At the request of Mellanox Technologies, EZChip is postponing the date for its shareholders to vote on the current acquisition agreement by Mellanox. The vote had be scheduled for November 12.

Mellanox has proposed a waiver of its merger termination fee and a 30-day go-shop period under which EZChip could solicit third party offers.

Mellanox also reaffirmed its "full, fair and firm" offer of $25.50 per EZchip share, which represents a premium of 16% over the closing price of EZchip shares on September 29, 2015 (the last trading day prior to the public announcement) and a 33% premium and 31% premium over the volume-weighted average closing prices of EZchip shares over the 12-month and 3-month period prior to the public announcement of the transaction.

Mellanox to Acquire EZchip

Mellanox Technologies agreed to acquire EZchip, a supplier of network processors and embedded CPUs for carrier and data center networks, for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share, implying a transaction value of approximately $811 million (approximately $620 million net of cash).

EZchip’s silicon portfolio of solutions includes network processors, multi-core processors, intelligent network adapters, and high-performance appliances with a comprehensive software ecosystem, that scale to terabit performance levels. The company has expertise in security, deep packet inspection, video, and storage processing. EZChip is based in Yokneam, Israel. Eli Fruchter has served as CEO since the company's inception in May 1999

Mellanox said the EZchip acquisition is a step in its strategy to become the leading broad-line supplier of intelligent interconnect solutions for the software-defined data centers.

“The synergies between EZchip and Mellanox create attractive opportunities. We expect our combined technologies, and product portfolios to deliver leading end-to-end intelligent interconnect and processing solutions to data centers and wide area networks,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies.

“Joining forces with Mellanox represents numerous synergies that create a true powerhouse for connectivity and processing. With Mellanox's leading layer 1 - 3 connectivity solutions for data centers and EZchip's leading layer 3 – 7 processing solutions for carrier networks, the two companies complement each other in technology, products, markets served and customers. Together, we enable a multitude of layer 1 through 7 solutions for data centers and carriers,” said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip.

The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015.

Zayo to Acquire Viatel for European Fiber Networks

Zayo agreed to acquire Viatel’s infrastructure and non-Irish enterprise businesses for approximately EUR 95 million. Viatel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Digiweb Group, a full service telecommunications and managed services operator, based in Dublin, Ireland.

Zayo said the Viatel acquisition will bring an 8,400 kilometer fiber network across eight countries. The transaction will add 12 new metro networks, seven data centers and connectivity to 81 on-net buildings. Two wholly-owned subsea cable systems will provide connectivity on two of Europe’s busiest routes – London Amsterdam and London-Paris. The Viatel businesses to be acquired are highly aligned with Zayo’s existing product and customer set, including a higher proportion of dark fiber revenue.

 “Viatel’s long-haul fiber network and colo assets combined with Zayo’s existing national UK, France and U.S. networks provides truly international, seamless connectivity for Zayo’s existing and new customers,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO of Zayo. “Our Pan-European infrastructure capability addresses new growth opportunities, including connectivity to key subsea cable systems delivering traffic to and from high-growth regions such as Asia and Africa.”

Juniper Appoints Security CTO

Juniper Networks announced the appointment of Kevin Walker as security chief technology officer (CTO). He joins the company with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as vice president and assistant chief information security officer at He has also served in a variety of roles, including chief information security officer, chief security strategist and director of information security across technology, networking and security companies such as Intuit, Cisco Systems, Symantec Corporation and Veritas Software.

“For Juniper, ‘security’ and ‘networking’ are one and the same and we are committed to building the most secure networks for our customers. Kevin brings years of cybersecurity expertise across product development, research and engineering as well as front-line experience at some of the world’s largest companies. He understands the complex issues that our customers face and will help Juniper continue to innovate, challenge the status quo and deliver security solutions that meet our customers’ needs,” said Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, JDI of Juniper Networks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ericsson Reaffirms Strategic Objectives

Ericsson is projecting that its total addressable market for 2014-2018 will grow at a CAGR of 2 to 4 percent.  It's ambition is to grow faster than the overall market, while focusing on growth areas, implementing cost control measures and seeking new partnerships.  The newly announced alliance with Cisco targets US$1 billion or more in additional sales by 2018.

At its Capital Markets Day earlier this week in Stockholm, Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, commented: "We are continuing our journey to transform Ericsson into a leading ICT player, building on our leadership in our core business and extending into targeted growth areas. The partnership with Cisco is a key step forward in our company transformation and enables us to create unique value for our customers. Together, we will build on our longstanding technology and services leadership to define the networks of the future and accelerate realization of the Networked Society."

The company said its strategy is to excel in its core business - radio, core and transmission, and telecommunications services - while establishing leadership in targeted areas, such as cloud, IP networks, TV and media, OSS and BSS. The cost and efficiency program announced in November 2014 is on target to achieve annual net savings of SEK 9 billion during 2017.

Some highlights:

  • Ericsson ambition is to capture opportunities with virtualization and cloud for the IP and core portfolio based on its number one position in telecom core networks
  • North America leads the way in average data traffic per active smartphone (GB/month), which is currently at about 4GB per month and projected to grow to around 22GB/month by 2021.
  • 30+ VoLTE, Ericsson supports >50%
  • 11 live Wi-Fi Calling, Ericsson supports 9
  • The Ericsson Dot solution is now live with 41 mobile operators
  • Ericsson is well on the way to 5G, having demonstrated numerous technological firsts, such as LTE-LAA
  • In Global Services, Ericsson now has 65,000 professionals and 20,000 sourced
  • Ericsson has 4 Global Service Centers, incl. Global NOCs
  • Ericsson is investing in new global labs to develop IP services capabilities and solutions

Presentations from the day-long event are posted on the Investors page of the company website.

A10's Thunder Convergent Firewall Delivers 150 Gbps

A10 Networks introduced its Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW), a standalone security product that leverages its ACOS Harmony platform for converging security and application delivery in a single appliance for service providers, cloud providers, and large enterprises. Firewall performance is rated at over 150 Gbps throughput and 5 million CPS in a one rack-unit appliance. A10's ACOS Harmony platform uses standards-based RESTful APIs to providing access to telemetry data and all aspects of configuration.

Some highlights:

  • High-performance Secure Web Gateway with integrated explicit proxy, URL filtering and SSL Insight. It enables security policy enforcement for client outbound HTTP/HTTPS traffic.
  • High-performance data centre firewall (DCFW) with integrated network denial-of-service (DoS) protection and Server Load Balancing (SLB). It provides Layer 4 stateful firewall and Layer 7 application-level gateway.
  • High-performance Gi/SGi firewall with integrated network DoS and Carrier Grade NAT (CGN). The Gi/SGi firewall protects the mobility infrastructure with advanced policy enforcement.
  • High-performance IPSec site-to-site VPN. It helps enterprises to secure application traffic between sites and it enables global enterprises to use public networks to transport application traffic securely.
  • aGalaxy Centralised Management System support for Thunder CFW. aGalaxy provides device management, configuration, reporting and troubleshooting for Thunder CFW.

"I'm thrilled to announce the industry's first solution that consolidates multiple converged security solutions in one package," said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks. "Thunder Convergent Firewall provides a highly effective, highly scalable all-inclusive converged secured application network platform to protect organisations' assets. Thunder CFW is a testament to the power and versatility of the ACOS Harmony platform and we've worked with our customers in implementing some of the key security modules."

LG Launches LTE-Connected Android Smart Watch

LG is launching the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which begins shipping this month in the United States and Korea, allows users to answer calls and check messages. They can receive and respond right from their smartwatch, even when they are not carrying their mobile phone.  It features a hairline-etched stainless steel body and a full-circle 348ppi P-OLED display. The three buttons on the right side of the smartwatch provide quick access to shortcut settings, LG Health and other apps.

AT&T will be offering the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE in its store on Nov. 13.  The new Watch Urbane is also available for pre-order online from Verizon.

"Staying connected is of the utmost importance to consumers today. With the introduction of the second edition Watch Urbane LTE, consumers have options when it comes to their devices and we are excited to bring the latest to the wearables category," said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company.

ESnet and NERSC Build 400G BayExpress Super-Channel

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built the first 400 Gbps super-channel production link to be deployed by a national research and education network. ESnet currently operates a 100G backbone network connecting DOE sites and universities.  The new 400G BayExpress connection will provide support for NERSC’s 6,000 users as the facility moves from its current location in Oakland, Calif. to the main campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley over the next year.

BayExpress is deployed as a pair of 200 Gbps per wavelength and allows for a dual subcarrier 400 Gbps connection. ESnet and NERSC worked with Ciena and Level 3 on the project.

ESnet also noted that the team has set up a 400 Gbps research testbed for assessing new tools and technologies without interfering with production data traffic and allowing staff to gain experience operating a 400 Gbps optical infrastructure. For the testbed, the optical frequencies are more narrowly tuned to maximize use of the fiber spectrum, known as “gridless superchannels,” said Chris Tracy, co-leader of the project and a member of ESnet’s Network Engineering team. The testbed uses a dark fiber link provided by Level 3 to ESnet and NERSC for six months. The team will begin conducting field trials on the testbed within the next two months.

“We expect the 400G prototype network to provide us with many valuable insights with regard to future network architectures and be useful to others in the research community,” said ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga. “Other universities, national laboratories and regional and commercial networks will be planning their next-generation networks on this time scale and our goal is to publicize not only our experiences from an optical networking perspective, but also from a scientific workflows perspective in which large-scale datasets are moved between facilities coupled by 400 Gbps of dedicated network bandwidth.”

More details on the ESnet site.

Gogo Hits Inflight Wi-Fi Milestone - 2,500 Aircraft

Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service hit a significant milestone this month as the company now has 2500 commercial aircraft equipped for its connectivity.

Out of the 2500 aircraft, more than 860 have been outfitted with the company's higher capacity air-to-ground solution – ATG-4 – and more than 150 aircraft are installed with its Ku-band satellite system.

The company expects nearly 1,000 aircraft to be flying with ATG-4 by the end of this year, which represents close to 40 percent of all Gogo equipped aircraft.

 "Increasing bandwidth to the aircraft is a big priority for us. What's notable about this milestone is the fact that we are not only increasing the number of aircraft with Gogo connectivity services, we are increasingly installing higher bandwidth solutions," added Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "This milestone comes right before we get ready to launch our latest and greatest 2Ku technology to the world, which will further increase bandwidth to the aircraft."

TIA to Open NFV Testing Lab

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) it will launch a lab for interoperability testing of network functions virtualization (NFV) technology.

The TIA NFV Lab, which is expected to launch in early 2016, will help service providers to ensure that software and applications running on the network are able to perform as designed and work seamlessly together with other software and applications. The lab will now leverage ETSI’s framework for its testing.

“NFV is a game changer for the global communications industry and is rapidly driving innovative new services for consumers and businesses,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. “But in order to realize its full potential, companies must have access to sophisticated, neutral testing platforms. With the launch of the TIA lab, we are committed to giving solution providers, vendors and developers a place to test compatibility between multiple platforms.”

“The data revolution has created a need for extremely flexible and predictive network architecture that can only be achieved through virtualization,” said TIA CTO Franklin Flint. “The TIA NFV Lab will be the only lab of its kind to test true cross-platform, industry-wide, ecosystem agnostic equipment, software and solutions. It will serve as a neutral venue for technology companies to prove the compatibility and scalability of NFV solutions.”

Perfecto Raises $35 Million for Testing Mobile User Experience

Perfecto Mobile, a start-up based in Boston, announced $35 million in venture funding for its work in ensuring high-quality digital and mobile experiences for enterprises.

Perfecto Mobile addresses the need for enterprises to continuously test and monitor their mobile and digital user experiences on real devices under real end-user conditions. Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab gives users access to a cloud-based test lab, complete with automated test scenarios that account for real user conditions across real devices. The company said its workforce has doubled this year with high growth projections for next year. Its customer base includes brands like Discover, and Sky.

The funding came from new investor Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), with continued participation from existing investors FTV Capital, Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Vertex Ventures.

“Customers now expect and depend on high-quality digital experiences when interacting with brands via the Web, mobile apps and IoT devices,” said Eran Yaniv, CEO of Perfecto. “Perfecto has developed leading solutions that help enterprises deliver high-quality digital experiences via our Continuous Quality Lab. I am excited about the partnership with TCV and look forward to working together in growing Perfecto’s global presence, expanding our quality offerings and positioning Perfecto for continued growth and innovation.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

Key features of Jetson TX1 include:

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