Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Facebook suffers widespread outage

Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram suffered a widespread outage beginning around noon (ET) on Wednesday.

Users report difficulty in accessing the services in major U.S. metros, the UK, northern Europe, and Latin America.

Industry analysts described the disruption as perhaps the largest in Facebook's history in terms of the number of users affected and length of the outage.

The company acknowledged the outage and stated that it was not due to a DDoS attack. No other technical explanation has been offered by the company.







Samsung intros 12GB DRAM for mobiles

Samsung Electronics Co. announced mass production of the industry’s first 12-gigabyte (GB) low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package -- the highest-capacity mobile DRAM to date.

"With mass production of the new LPDDR4X, Samsung is now providing a comprehensive lineup of advanced memory to power the new era of smartphones, from 12GB mobile DRAM to 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage," said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Moreover, with the LPDDR4X, we’re strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers."

The 12GB capacity was achieved by combining six 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X chips based on the second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process into a single package. The new 12GB mobile memory delivers a data transfer rate of 34.1GB per second while minimizing the increase in power consumption inevitably caused by a boost in DRAM capacity.


Burns & McDonnell installs Fujitsu 1FINITY

Burns & McDonnell has installed the Fujitsu 1FINITY optical networking platform from Fujitsu Network Communications at its Integration and Automation Lab in Kansas City to demonstrated 100G transmission.

The modular design of the 1FINITY platform allows utilities to use a pay-as-you-grow approach to build nodes as needed on their distribution systems.

The Burns & McDonnell Integration and Automation Lab serves as a technology testing and demonstration center available to utilities and other clients free of charge. Utilities can use this lab to develop use cases and projected returns on investments for new power grid technologies to be incorporated in a wide array of power delivery systems.

"Utilities are faced with an onslaught of data from sensors and other devices that are necessary to manage power delivery systems today," says Matt Olson, director of the Network Integration and Automation Group at Burns & McDonnell. "This is requiring utilities to overhaul their core communications infrastructure. The equipment we have available in our lab will enable our clients to test different communications and other equipment under a variety of usage scenarios before they make large capital investment decisions."

Vertical Systems: 2018 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

AT&T ranks first on Vertical Systems Group's 2018 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD, followed by Colt, CenturyLink, BT Global and Orange, Verizon, and NTT.

The Global Provider LEADERBOARD ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

Share margins continue to narrow among the leading global service providers in this very competitive market segment. Latest share results show a major shakeup in the rankings for the top five companies as compared to year-end 2017, with each in a new position on the 2018 Global Provider LEADERBOARD.

"Multinational customers are massively upgrading bandwidth and expanding connectivity to cloud services and data centers. Ethernet providers with extensive global fiber footprints that deeply serve strategic business hubs are capturing a large portion of this new business," said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group.

Year-End 2018 Global Provider Segment Highlights:

  • AT&T holds first position, which it initially attained by surpassing Orange Business at mid-2018. AT&T ranked second at the end of 2017.
  • Colt ranks second, up from third position in 2017.
  • CenturyLink is in third position. The company ranked fourth at year-end 2017 when it initially entered the top tier following its merger with Level 3.
  • BT Global Services is fourth, as compared to fifth in 2017.
  • Orange Business holds fifth position. The company previously held first position on every year-end Global Provider LEADERBOARD between 2009 and 2017.
  • GTT is a new entrant to the Challenge Tier, advancing from the Market Player tier for the first time.
More: https://www.verticalsystems.com/2019/03/12/2018-global-ethernet-leaderboard/

Subsea Optical Fiber Summer School in Finland

The OSA Foundation (OSAF), in partnership with Google, will conduct an inaugural Subsea Optical Fiber Communications International Summer School in Finland for early-stage researchers, engineers and Ph.D. or Master’s degree students looking for a new field of opportunity.

The program, which will be held 04-10 August 2019 will focus on the expanding field of subsea optical fiber communications. Attendees will go through a comprehensive process to build a modern global communication network, with a focus on submarine system design, submarine powering, cable technology, planning, marine operations and maintenance.

The program includes speakers from Google, Facebook, Alcatel Submarine Networks, Subcom, NEC, etc.

Applications for the inaugural summer school program are due 30 March 2019. Invitations for those selected to attend will be sent in late April. Among other application materials, candidates will be asked to submit two statements of 250 words each describing why they would like to attend the school and how their current work relates to subsea optical fiber communications.

“We want to encourage the best and brightest scientists and engineers to consider subsea communications as a profession,” said Valey Kamalov, network engineer at Google and chair of the school program committee.

https://sites.google.com/view/subseaofc/application

Cloudera posts revenue of $145 million

Cloudera, which completed its merger with Hortonworks on January 3, 2019, reported total revenue of $144.5 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, ended January 31st, an increase of 37% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Subscription revenue was $123.0 million, an increase of 42% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $87.0 million. For reference, GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $38.1 million for standalone Cloudera. Non-GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $30.2 million. For reference, non-GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $9.0 million for standalone Cloudera.

"Our strong fourth quarter results showcase how customers are already embracing the new Cloudera's vision, as evidenced by early cross-sell motions to deliver data management and analytics from the Edge to AI," said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer, Cloudera. "Having completed the merger with Hortonworks, we are now squarely focused on delivering a powerful combined, integrated platform purpose-built for enterprise customers. Enterprises want an enterprise data cloud, which offers the flexibility of both hybrid and multi-cloud delivery, as well as the versatility of multi-function analytics, all with common security and governance. As the open source data management and analytics standard, we believe Cloudera is uniquely positioned to deliver these capabilities at the data layer, bring the enterprise data cloud to our more than 2,000 customers and lead this new market."

Equinix reshuffles executive team

Equinix made the following changes to its leadership team:

  • Karl Strohmeyer, currently President, Americas, will begin serving as Chief Customer and Revenue Officer, overseeing the company's overall go-to-market strategy.
  • Sara Baack, who currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer, will take on the role of Chief Product Officer, leading Product Marketing, Management, Development and Engineering across core colocation and interconnection offerings, as well as overseeing the company's edge services portfolio. 
  • Eric Schwartz, currently President, EMEA, will begin serving as Chief Strategy and Development Officer, overseeing Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Business Development, Real Estate, Capital Planning and the company's hyperscale initiatives.

 Charles Meyers, President and CEO, Equinix, stated: "As we continue to enhance the value of our global platform and serve an increasingly strategic role in the digital transformation of our customers, these changes to our organization will enable us to advance our leadership as the trusted center of a cloud-first world. Karl, Sara and Eric have a combined 24 years in executive roles at Equinix, and I am supremely confident in their understanding of our customers as they continue to embrace and execute their transformation to digital business, and the unique opportunity that our organization has to serve them."

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Compute Express Link (CXL) promises high-speed CPU interconnect

Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Intel and Microsoft have teamed up to form Compute Express Link (CXL), an open industry standard group for high-speed CPU interconnect.

CXL will maintain memory coherency between the CPU memory space and memory on attached devices, which allows resource sharing for higher performance, reduced software stack complexity, and lower overall system cost. The technology is built upon PCI Express (PCIe) infrastructure, leveraging the PCIe 5.0 physical and electrical interface to provide advanced protocol in three key areas:

  • I/O Protocol 
  • Memory Protocol, initially allowing a host to share memory with an accelerator
  • Coherency Interface

The group has completed work on a CXL Specification 1.0 for interconnect between the CPU and platform enhancements and workload accelerators, such as GPUs, FPGAs and other purpose-built accelerator solutions.

https://www.computeexpresslink.org/

Cloud Native Computing momentum continues to build

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, recently added 59 new members bringing its total to 375 supporting companies and organizations.

“Crossing the 375 mark is an incredible milestone for the Foundation, especially with more than 75 organizations in our end user community,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Companies like NVIDIA, MemSQL and Mattermost are reaping real value from cloud native technologies, and we only expect this to accelerate as these technologies mature and solidify their place in the market. We remain impressed by the technical innovation and growth in the ecosystem and are happy to work with our members to support the thriving cloud native community.”

Two upcoming events:

  • KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU from May 20-23 in Barcelona and

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit in China from June 24-26 in Shanghai

European Parliament adopts Cybersecurity certification act

The European Parliament voted to adopt an EU Cybersecurity Act that establishes the first EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme to ensure that certified products, processes and services sold in EU countries meet cybersecurity standards. MEPs also expressed their concern about Chinese IT in the EU, especially allegations that 5G equipment may have embedded backdoors that would allow Chinese manufacturers and authorities to have unauthorised access to private and personal data and telecommunications in the EU.

An official statement expresses concern that third-country equipment vendors might present a security risk for the EU, due to the laws of their country of origin obliging all enterprises to cooperate with the state in safeguarding a very broad definition of national security also outside their own country. In particular, the Chinese state security laws have triggered reactions in various countries, ranging from security assessments to outright bans.

Linux Foundation's CommunityBridge offers funding, security, mentoring, diversity

The Linux Foundation is launching CommunityBridge – a new platform to help open source developers to advance sustainability, security, and diversity as they grow.

The initial launch of CommunityBridge offers open source communities early access to three critical tools:

  • CommunityBridge Funding: enabling developers to transparently raise and spend funding;
  • CommunityBridge Security: providing transparency into potential vulnerabilities and fixes; and
  • CommunityBridge People: enabling easy connections of mentors and prospective mentees interested in getting involved in projects and advancing diversity.

“While large open source projects are often well-resourced, many smaller projects require more funds, talent, security, diversity, and resources to thrive,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. “CommunityBridge is the platform to solve critical challenges and fuel open source innovation and sustainability by empowering people — all in one place.”

http://communitybridge.org

Open19 releases specs for data center racks

The Open19 Foundation has just published its Open19 Project Specifications for any 19” rack environment for servers, storage, and networking.

“I am pleased to make the Open19 Project Specifications available to the public,” said Open19 Foundation President Yuval Bachar. “We will see widespread adoption of the Open19 standard in 2019, and its public release means anyone can develop solutions based upon this technology.”

The Open19 Project defines a cross-industry common server form factor, creating a flexible and economic data center and edge solutions for operators of all sizes. It includes three main common elements — brick cage, power shelf, and network switch — and supports four form factors — brick, double wide brick, double high half-width brick, and double high double-wide brick. Currently, seven Open19 Foundation member companies have developed a total of 17 solutions that support the standard, with more products to be added soon.

Open19 Foundation founding member company LinkedIn contributed the specification to the Foundation last year, and it was previously only available to Foundation members. Learn more and download the specifications on the Open19 Foundation website.

http://www.open19.org

Calista Redmond appointed CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RISC-V Foundation, which promotes the adoption and implementation of the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA).

Redmond brings more than 20 years of senior-level management and alliance experience, including as Vice President of IBM Z Ecosystem, where she was instrumental in growing the IBM Z Ecosystem. During her 12 years at IBM, she led strategic relationships with chip, hardware, and software providers, system integrators, business partners, clients, and developers, as well as fostered broader industry visibility and engagement.  Redmond was instrumental in the strategic formation of OpenPOWER as the IBM Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances as well as elected President of the OpenPOWER Foundation in 2016.

“I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA on the open source community. Having spent a lot of my career working in the open source ecosystem, I’m excited to help RISC-V grow and deliver on  the Foundation’s mission of paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation,” said Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation. “From its inception in 2015 until now, the RISC-V Foundation has grown tremendously. I’m ready to leverage that momentum to expand the already impressive RISC-V ecosystem.”

The RISC-V Foundation, which was founded in 2015, now comprises more than 235 members building the first open, collaborative community of software and hardware innovators powering a new era of processor innovation.

FLY-LION3 subsea cable reaches Mayotte

The 400 km-long FLY-LION3 subsea cable has reached the island of Mayotte, an overseas department and region of France located in the Indian Ocean.

FLY-LION3 has landing stations in Kaweni (Mamoudzou) and Moroni. It will also link to existing cables LION2 and EASSy, offering a direct connection to the east coast of Africa.

Orange Marine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Orange group, is responsible for laying the cable.

First edge infrastructure dev platform for 7nm Arm Neoverse

Arm, Cadence Design Systems, and Xilinx introduced a development platform cloud-to-edge infrastructure based on the new Arm Neoverse N1.

The Neoverse N1 System Development Platform (SDP) is based on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process technology and is also the industry’s first 7nm infrastructure development platform enabling asymmetrical compute acceleration via the CCIX interconnect architecture/

The joint solution is available to hardware and software developers for hardware prototyping, software development, system validation, and performance profiling/tuning. It includes Cadence IP for CCIX, PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 4 and DDR4 PHY IP.

The SDP includes a Neoverse N1-based SoC with an operating frequency of up to 3GHz, full-sized caches and generous amounts of memory bandwidth with the latest optimized system IP. The robustness of the SDP is ideal for development, debug, performance optimization and workload analysis on a wide range of applications including those for machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.

“The new Neoverse platforms deliver the performance and efficiency required to enable the cloud-to-edge infrastructure for a world with a trillion connected devices. Our ongoing SDP collaboration with Cadence, TSMC, and Xilinx truly enables developers with the system development tools necessary to innovate and deliver optimized Neoverse-based designs,” stated Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm.

Sequans teams with Lockheed Martin on LTE satellites

Sequans Communications is working with Lockheed Martin to develop new 4G LTE for satellite technologies for worldwide deployment. The idea is for LTE end user devices to connect directly to geostationary satellites.

“Sequans has expertise adapting LTE technology for special purposes such as this one,” said Scott Landis, a director at Lockheed Martin. “Sequans engineers modified their existing LTE chips to enable a new LTE-to-satellite communication specification developed by Lockheed Martin. LTE to satellite represents an important breakthrough in mobility and connectivity.”

“The work we are doing with Lockheed Martin to integrate LTE with satellite represents a significant evolution as we modify our LTE chips to take advantage of the huge satellite opportunity now developing for M2M and IoT applications,” Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Enabling the LTE modem to speak to satellite networks as simply and as easily as possible will have a major impact on handling the huge potential volume of broadband and IoT applications that require space-based, ubiquitous communications, such as connected cars, shipping, and navigation.”

http://www.sequans.com

Iskratel combines GPON Home Gateway with mesh Wi-Fi

Iskratel introduced its Innbox G78 GPON Home Gateway with mesh Wi-Fi capabilities based on multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).

The new solution, which provides hardware support for Wi-Fi Alliance’s Easy Mesh, has been launched alongside Iskratel’s new mesh Wi-Fi solution. This further addresses inadequate home broadband and uses a cloud-based TR-069 centralised management system to provide operators such as one of Croatia’s leading fixed broadband provider Optima Telekom with remote control and configuration of customer premises equipment (CPE).

“We are very pleased to launch our two new products which aim to address sub-standard Wi-Fi performance in consumers’ homes,” said Mitja Golja, Head of Solutions for Broadband Networks at Iskratel. “This will become increasingly important for operators as end users increasingly access bandwidth-hungry services at home and any drops or lags in connectivity become unacceptable. Our new solutions will support operators in meeting these expectations, enabling simplified network management and reduced operational costs.”

Motorola Solutions appoints Saptharishi as CTO

Motorola Solutions named Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi as its new chief technology officer.

Saptharishi previously spent five years as CTO for Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company and a leading provider of video and analytics solutions. He earned a doctorate degree in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University and has also authored numerous scientific publications, articles and patents.

Monday, March 11, 2019

With Mellanox, NVIDIA targets full compute/network/storage stack

NVIDIA agreed to acquire Mellanox in a deal valued at approximately $6.9 billion.

The merger targets data centers in general and the high-performance computing (HPC) market in particular. Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers and have as customers every major cloud service provider and computer maker. Mellanox pioneered the InfiniBand interconnect technology, which along with its high-speed Ethernet products is now used in over half of the world’s fastest supercomputers and in many leading hyperscale datacenters.

NVIDIA said the acquired assets enables it to data center-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking and storage stack to achieve higher performance, greater utilization and lower operating cost for customers.

“The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world’s datacenters,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant datacenter-scale compute engine.

“We share the same vision for accelerated computing as NVIDIA,” said Eyal Waldman, founder and CEO of Mellanox. “Combining our two companies comes as a natural extension of our longstanding partnership and is a great fit given our common performance-driven cultures. This combination will foster the creation of powerful technology and fantastic opportunities for our people.”

NVIDIA also promised to continue investing in Israel, where Mellanox is based.

The companies expect to close the deal by the end of 2019.




F5 to acquire NGINX for $670 million -- an open source load balancer

F5 Networks agreed to acquire privately-held NGINX for approximately $670 million.

NGINX, which is based in San Francisco, offers an open source, web server that can be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy and HTTP cache. The solution is widely deployed on websites. The first version of NGINX was released in 2004. Investors in NGINX include e.ventures, Goldman Sachs, Index Ventures, MSD Capital, NEA, Runa Capital and Telstra.

F5 plans to enhance NGINX’s current offerings with F5 security solutions and will integrate F5 cloud-native innovations with NGINX’s software load balancing technology, accelerating F5’s time to market of application services for modern, containerized applications. F5 will also leverage its global sales force, channel infrastructure, and partner ecosystem to scale NGINX selling opportunities to the enterprise.

F5 intends to maintain the NGINX brand. F5 also said open source is a core part of its’s multi-cloud strategy.

“F5’s acquisition of NGINX strengthens our growth trajectory by accelerating our software and multi-cloud transformation,” said Fran├žois Locoh-Donou, President & CEO of F5. “By bringing F5’s world-class application security and rich application services portfolio for improving performance, availability, and management together with NGINX’s leading software application delivery and API management solutions, unparalleled credibility and brand recognition in the DevOps community, and massive open source user base, we bridge the divide between NetOps and DevOps with consistent application services across an enterprise’s multi-cloud environment.”

“NGINX and F5 share the same mission and vision. We both believe applications are at the heart of driving digital transformation. And we both believe that an end-to-end application infrastructure—one that spans from code to customer—is needed to deliver apps across a multi-cloud environment,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. “I’m excited to continue this journey by adding the power of NGINX’s open source innovation to F5’s ADC leadership and enterprise reach. F5 gains depth with solutions designed for DevOps, while NGINX gains breadth with access to tens of thousands of customers and partners.”