Monday, April 12, 2021

NVIDIA previews its first data center CPU, due in 2023

NVIDIA unveiled its first data center CPU, an Arm-based processor featuring a new memory architecture and designed for the most complex AI and high-performance computing workloads.

The forthcoming "Grace" CPU, which is named in honor of Grace Hopper, the U.S. computer-programming pioneer — is a highly specialized processor targeting workloads such as training next-generation NLP models that have more than 1 trillion parameters. When tightly coupled with NVIDIA GPUs, a Grace CPU-based system will deliver 10x faster performance than today’s state-of-the-art NVIDIA DGX-based systems, which run on x86 CPUs.

 Underlying Grace’s performance is fourth-generation NVIDIA NVLink interconnect technology, which provides a record 900 GB/s connection between Grace and NVIDIA GPUs to enable 30x higher aggregate bandwidth compared to current generation servers. Grace will also utilize an innovative LPDDR5x memory subsystem that will deliver twice the bandwidth and 10x better energy efficiency compared with DDR4 memory. In addition, the new architecture provides unified cache coherence with a single memory address space, combining system and HBM GPU memory to simplify programmability.


“Leading-edge AI and data science are pushing today’s computer architecture beyond its limits – processing unthinkable amounts of data,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Using licensed Arm IP, NVIDIA has designed Grace as a CPU specifically for giant-scale AI and HPC. Coupled with the GPU and DPU, Grace gives us the third foundational technology for computing, and the ability to re-architect the data center to advance AI. NVIDIA is now a three-chip company.”

CSCS and Los Alamos National Laboratory both plan to bring Grace-powered supercomputers, built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, online in 2023.


https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-announces-cpu-for-giant-ai-and-high-performance-computing-workloads

NVIDIA outlines roadmap for BlueField data processing units (DPUs)

NVIDIA outlined a roadmap for the next two generations of its BlueField data processing unit (DPU) chips.

The current generation, BlueField-2, is now shipping and features dual 100Gb/s Ethernet or InfiniBand network ports and up to eight Arm cores. The BlueField-2 DPU includes accelerators for software-defined storage, networking, security, streaming, line rate TLS/IPSEC cryptography, precision timing for 5G telco and time-synchronized data centers and other cloud infrastructure services.

BlueField-3, which is expected to sample in the first quarter of 2022, will deliver 400GbE/NDR networking performance. It features 10x the accelerated compute power of the previous generation, with 16x Arm A78 cores and 4x the acceleration for cryptography. BlueField-3 is also the first DPU to support fifth-generation PCIe and offer time-synchronized data center acceleration. The company says BlueField-3 will enable real-time network visibility, detection and response for cyber threats and acts as the monitoring, or telemetry, agent for NVIDIA Morpheus, an AI-enabled, cloud-native cybersecurity platform, also announced today.



BlueField-3 takes advantage of NVIDIA DOCA, NVIDIA'S new data-center-on-a-chip software platform for building software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking, storage, security and management applications running on BlueField DPUs. Released today and available for download, DOCA includes a runtime environment to create, compile and optimize applications for the BlueField DPU; orchestration tools to provision, update and monitor thousands of DPUs across the data center; as well as libraries, APIs and a growing number of applications, such as deep packet inspection and load balancing.



BlueField-4 was shown on a slide with a projected 2024 horizon. It is expected to scale to 800GbE performance.

“Modern hyperscale clouds are driving a fundamental new architecture for data centers,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “A new type of processor, designed to process data center infrastructure software, is needed to offload and accelerate the tremendous compute load of virtualization, networking, storage, security and other cloud-native AI services. The time for BlueField DPU has come.”

“Red Hat continues to collaborate with NVIDIA as part of an open ecosystem that accelerates innovation while providing access to the latest hardware innovations for composable infrastructure,” said Chris Wright, chief technology officer of Red Hat. “We recognize the need to develop advanced solutions for network security and automation and are excited to support BlueField DPUs and the NVIDIA Morpheus AI framework via Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift, industry-leading containers and Kubernetes-powered hybrid cloud platform.”

“Our mutual customers are racing to harness the power of AI for enterprise applications,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing for the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. “The vision of enterprise infrastructure powered by the VMware Cloud Foundation and to be certified with the newly announced NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU shows customers a path to improved application performance, a consistent operating model across virtualized and bare-metal environments, along with a new model for delivering zero-trust security without compromising performance.”

NVIDIA also disclosed that it is using its BlueField DPUs to accelerate its GeForce Now online gaming service.



NVIDIA acquires Mellanox - focus on Next Gen Data Centers

NVIDIA completed its $7 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies. The deal was originally announced on March 11, 2019. NVIDIA says that by combining its computing expertise with Mellanox’s high-performance networking technology, data center customers will achieve higher performance, greater utilization of computing resources and lower operating costs. “The expanding use of AI and data science is reshaping computing and data center architectures,”...


NVIDIA builds an ecosystem for its AI-on-5G platform

NVIDIA announced partnerships with Fujitsu, Google Cloud, Mavenir, Radisys and Wind River to develop solutions for its AI-on-5G platform.

NVIDIA's AI-on-5G platform combines its Aerial software development kit with its BlueField-2 A100 — a converged card that combines GPUs and DPUs including NVIDIA’s “5T for 5G” solution.



“In this era of continuous, accelerated computing, network operators are looking to take advantage of the security, low latency and ability to connect hundreds of devices on one node to deliver the widest range of services in ways that are cost-effective, flexible and efficient,” said Ronnie Vasishta, senior vice president of Telecom at NVIDIA. “With the support of key players in the 5G industry, we’re delivering on the promise of AI everywhere.”

NVIDIA’s collaboration with others working to enable AI-on-5G includes:

Mavenir, which is building two 5G vRAN systems based on the Aerial SDK, and will target the network operator segment for public 5G and for enterprise AI with private 5G. Mavenir and NVIDIA have created a hyperconverged enterprise 5G solution to enable enterprises to implement AI-on-5G applications in a seamless and easy-to-use solution.

Fujitsu later this year plans to deliver a 5G Open RAN system for verification starting with Sub6 band. Upon the system’s completion, Fujitsu and NVIDIA will be helping NTT DOCOMO and global operators with their evolution toward Open RAN in 5G, and beyond. Aerial software-defined implementation reduces time to market, speeds innovation and helps deliver AI applications to enterprises.

Radisys and Wind River plan to deliver NVIDIA Aerial AI-on-5G solutions for enterprise 5G and industrial 5G networks. Over 6 million 5G cells will be deployed by 2027 to smart factories, fulfillment centers and other enterprise, industrial and public zones to provide localized connectivity solutions, according to ABI Research.

Google Cloud is extending the Anthos application platform to the network edge, allowing telecommunications service providers and enterprises to enable the rapid delivery of new services and applications at the 5G edge. Anthos offers a consistent platform for application deployments, with a service-centric view of each environment. The platform enables customers to build and deploy enterprise-grade, containerized applications faster with managed Kubernetes in the cloud, on premises and at the network edge. Anthos supports NVIDIA GPU-accelerated servers, enabling a consistent deployment and operational experience across deployments, while reducing expensive overhead and improving developer productivity.

“AI-on-5G is transformative. Google Cloud’s industry-specific AI solutions meet scalable vertical needs,” said Shailesh Shukla, vice president and general manager for Networking at Google Cloud. “With the power of 5G, Google’s AI offering increases exponentially. We are excited to expand our work with NVIDIA to deliver AI and 5G computing at the edge with Anthos and NVIDIA’s accelerated edge technologies.”

https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news?q=A100&year=&c=


NVIDIA: Q1 revenue ahead of expectations

NVIDIA announced that first quarter revenue for fiscal 2022 is tracking above its previously provided outlook, with outperformance in each of its market platforms.

“While our fiscal 2022 first quarter is not yet complete, Q1 total revenue is tracking above the $5.30 billion outlook provided during our fiscal year-end earnings call. We are experiencing broad-based strength, with all our market platforms driving upside to our initial outlook,” said Colette Kress, executive vice president and chief financial officer of NVIDIA.

“Within Data Center we have good visibility, and we expect another strong year. Industries are increasingly using AI to improve their products and services. We expect this will lead to increased consumption of our platform through cloud service providers, resulting in more purchases as we go through the year. Our EGX platform has strong momentum, and we expect this will drive increased revenue from enterprise and edge computing deployments in the second half of the year.

“Overall demand remains very strong and continues to exceed supply while our channel inventories remain quite lean. We expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year. We believe we will have sufficient supply to support sequential growth beyond Q1,” she continued.


https://s22.q4cdn.com/364334381/files/doc_presentations/2021/04/v2/NVIDIA-Investor-Day-2021-FINAL.pdf

Samsung releases PCIe Gen4 Client SSD


Samsung Electronics released the first OEM-qualified PCIe Gen4 NVMe Client SSD. Engineered specifically for OEM applications and incorporating Samsung’s own NAND, controller, and firmware into the compact M.2 form factor, the PM9A1 is the first device of its type to be integrated into an OEM producer’s laptop.

The new PM9A1 SSD provides sequential read speeds of 7,000 MB/s for 50% faster file operations and boosts random read speeds by 50 percent to 1,000K IOPs for improved system response. 

All the key components, DRAM, V-NAND, and Elpis controller are developed specifically by Samsung. The PM9A1 uses sixth generation V-NAND, which has 12% faster read & 20% write speed, and 15% reduced power consumption compared to the prior generation. The drive is also equipped with advanced thermal control technology to allow the drive to perform well at cool temperatures and prevent overheating, which is particularly important during heavy workload use.

“The PM9A1 represents a big step forward for SSD technology. From our newest generation V6 NAND, to the custom firmware and controller, everything is developed in house to deliver the best performance available in the market,” said Jaejune Kim, corporate senior vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “In demanding applications such as gaming, V/R and A/R, graphic design, as well as video editing, storage is becoming increasingly important not just as a data repository, but as a key technology enabler. The PM9A1 is an essential building block to next-generation computing.”

“Our customers’ priorities have shifted over the last year of remote work, and ensuring they have access to the essential compute technology needed to power how and where they work is critical,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc. “There is clear demand for PCIe Gen4’s capabilities and HP is working closely with Samsung to offer future support for the PM9A1, delivering increased bandwidth for even greater performance and seamless workflows for data-intensive users.”


Biden nominates National Cyber Director and CISA Director

 President Biden will nominate Chris Inglis as the firstNational Cyber Director and Jen Easterly as the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency. 


John Chris Inglis is a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency.

Jen Easterly is a former Army intelligence officer and currently Head of Firm Resilience and the Fusion Resilience Center at Morgan Stanley.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/

NEC to deliver 5G core running Red Hat OpenShift

NEC Corporation will deliver 5G core solutions built on Red Hat OpenShift, the leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. 

Michio Kiuchi, senior vice president , NEC, states: “We are pleased to collaborate with Red Hat to help CSPs and DSPs stay competitive in this increasingly demanding global 5G market, especially on the cloud-native front. Through our long-term and continued collaboration with Red Hat, we are working to build an open industry standard which has enormous potential for expanding awareness and adoption of 5G cloud-native network functions. NEC 5G solutions will provide a more efficient and reliable network experience for our customers by integration with Red Hat’s cloud-native solution.”


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Telxius employs Ciena’s Spectrum Sharing on Marea and Dunant cables

Telxius will employ Ciena's Spectrum Sharing submarine network solution to power two of the most modern transatlantic submarine cables, Marea and Dunant. This will enable Telxius to provide highly flexible managed spectrum service, offering customers tailored virtual fiber pairs suited to their needs.

Telxius will be using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine networking solution so as to better address the global connectivity needs of content providers, global enterprise and third-party operators. Important elements of the solution include Ciena’s 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (“RLS”) integrated C&L-band for scalable terrestrial backhaul, and WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics.

Marea and Dunant combined feature one of the lowest latency and highest capacity diverse routes globally. Directly connecting Ashburn, Richmond and Virginia Beach in the US to Paris, Madrid and Derio (Bilbao) in Europe, these two systems provide direct access to areas with the largest concentration of data centers in the world and key connectivity hubs.

“Telxius is responding to the ever-increasing demand for low latency, high capacity transatlantic connectivity through ongoing network infrastructure expansion”, says Carlos Dasi, CTO of Telxius Cable. “Our scalable, flexible managed spectrum solution, powered by Ciena’s Spectrum Sharing network infrastructure, means that we are able to meet the diverse needs of our global customers.” 

“Ciena’s innovative GeoMesh Extreme solution allows Telxius to connect the US and Europe in the most efficient way by reducing latency and go-to-market time so that Telxius can support the delivery of bandwidth-intensive services and applications like streaming video, virtual and augmented reality, and cloud-based services essential to our digital lifestyles,” says Rodolfo Vigliano, Senior Managing Director of Sales at Ciena. “Ciena also supports the backhauls between Telxius’ Derio Communications Hub and the landing station of Marea in Sopelana and the POPs in Paris and Madrid, substantially increasing transatlantic connectivity.”

https://telxius.com/en/telxius-offers-managed-spectrum-on-dunant-and-marea-powered-by-ciena/

Telefónica launches cloud-based quantum random number generator

 Telefónica Tech has collaborated with Barcelona-based Quside, a developer of quantum random number generators, and New York-based Qrypt, a producer of cryptographic quantum security solutions enabled by its Quantum Entropy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solution, to integrate a new quantum technology into its cloud service hosted in its Virtual Data Centers (VDC).

Telefónica said this collaboration enhances its cloud services by providing its customers with easy-to-use, high quality and high-performance quantum random numbers so they can integrate them into their business processes. Several use cases have been demonstrated using this EaaS integration, including seeding for cryptographic devices (HSM), Monte Carlo simulations for scientific, engineering, and financial applications, gaming, as well as for a new proof-of-transit protocol that improves the security of data transiting software-defined networks (SDN). 

Hugo de los Santos, Director of Products and Services at Telefónica Cyber & Cloud Tech, said: "Offering this key quantum-generated resource is a significant advantage for both our internal and external customers. It is especially important for our enterprise customers with demands for high quality and high-performance random numbers, who will benefit from this unique feature".

"Randomness is an essential resource for a wide range of ICT systems, including cybersecurity. We are thrilled to be part of Telefónica Tech's efforts to deploy stronger security features to their global customers using emerging quantum technologies," says Carlos Abellán, CEO of Quside.

"The secure distribution of true quantum randomness is now a practical technical capability for a broad range of critical applications. We’re excited to be working with Telefónica Tech to scale this quantum service globally " said Denis Mandich, CTO of Qrypt.

https://www.telefonica.com/en/web/press-office/-/telefonica-tech-collaborates-with-quside-and-qrypt-to-validate-new-quantum-technology-in-its-vdc-cloud-service- 

Achronix samples 7nm Speedster FPGA

Achronix announced sampling of its 7nm Speedster 7t AC7t1500 FPGAs to customers ahead of schedule. 

The Speedster7t family targets high bandwidth workloads in AI/ML, 5G infrastructure, networking, computational storage, and test/measurement.

Achronix is leveraging TSMC's 7nm process technology.

The AC7t1500 has been optimized for high bandwidth applications and includes the industry's first 2D network-on-chip (NoC) with more than 20 Tbps of bi-directional bandwidth, 112 Gbps SerDes, PCIe Gen5, 400G Ethernet and 4 Tbps external memory bandwidth with its GDDR6 memory interfaces. The 2D NoC has dedicated high-bandwidth paths across the entire FPGA fabric interconnecting all functional blocks and peripheral I/O to each other and to the FPGA fabric. The 2D NoC eliminates complex routing bottlenecks found in traditional FPGAs and can transmit or receive 512Gbps at each of the 80 nodes across the FPGA yielding greater than 20Tbps of bidirectional bandwidth. The company says this structure simplifies routing and accelerates timing closure, allowing designers to use the available logic and memory resources to create differentiation in their designs. 

The new FPGAs also include an array of the new innovative machine learning processors (MLPs) which are ideally suited for the diverse and high-performance workloads required in AI/ML applications. The Speedster7t FPGAs are supported by the Achronix tool suite which includes Synplify Pro synthesis and the ACE place, route, and timing tools. 

https://www.achronix.com/

Engineering samples of the AC7t1500 FPGAs are shipping to customers today. Achronix expects to complete full device validation of the FPGA fabric, hard IP and peripheral interfaces in the second half of 2021 and will begin shipping production devices by the end of 2021.

  • In January 2021, Achronix entered into a definitive merger agreement with ACE Convergence Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: ACEV) in a transaction that would result in Achronix being listed on Nasdaq. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021.

Broadpeak uses AWS Wavelength and 5G for video delivery

Broadpeak, a content delivery network (CDN) provider based in Cesson Sevigne, France, is deploying its advanced CDN technology on AWS Wavelength for streamlined video delivery over the 5G network. 

By leveraging Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and AWS Wavelength, Broadpeak’s local cache servers can directly serve the video traffic requested by local 5G devices instead of having the content streamed from a more distant location. The company says its approach allows video service and content providers to dynamically manage and precisely adjust their CDN capacity based on localized spikes in consumer demand.

“Video streaming is soaring, and with the global rollout of 5G infrastructure, the industry needs more efficient methods for video delivery over next-gen mobile networks. As leaders in 5G and cloud video delivery technologies, we’re excited to help pave that path,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “We see MEC as a key enabler for providing a more compelling quality of experience for video streaming over 5G networks. By running our local edge caches on AWS Wavelength, Broadpeak will empower the delivery of immersive experiences, such as 4K video and virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, which are difficult to scale to large audiences today.”

Optimized for MEC applications, AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of the 5G network so that developers can serve edge computing use cases that require ultra-low latency. By streaming video content from the very edge of the 5G network — closer to end users, Broadpeak’s local cache servers on AWS Wavelength are designed to deliver low-latency, help reduce congestion, and enable video streaming experiences with faster startup times, no rebuffering, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

https://broadpeak.tv/

Cadence collaborates with Samsung Foundry on process nodes down to 4nm

Cadence Design Systems has optimized its chip design software for Samsung Foundry’s advanced-process technologies down to 4nm. 

The companies said Cadence digital 20.1 flow provides capabilities that are well-suited for Samsung Foundry’s advanced-process technologies. For example, the iSpatial technology allows a seamless transition from the Genus Synthesis Solution to the Innovus Implementation System using a common user interface and database. Machine learning (ML) capabilities enable users to leverage their existing designs to train the GigaOpt optimization technology to minimize design margins versus traditional place-and-route flows.

“With the ongoing innovation in hyperscale computing and autonomous driving, there is ever-increasing demand for HPC capacity,” said Sangyun Kim, vice president of the Foundry Design Technology Team, at Samsung Electronics. “By combining the latest Samsung Foundry advanced-process nodes with the Cadence 20.1 digital full flow, our customers can achieve their design goals quickly and efficiently.”

“The newly optimized Cadence digital flow makes it much simpler for customers to achieve PPA targets using Samsung Foundry’s advanced-process technologies,” said Michael Jackson, corporate vice president, R&D in the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence. “By expanding upon our longstanding collaboration with Samsung Foundry, designers can rapidly adopt Samsung Foundry’s validated HPC methodologies to deliver exceptional silicon performance on time.”

http://www.cadence.com/go/advnodes


L-Com intros fiber fan-out cable assemblies

L-com introduced a new series of fiber optic fan-out cable assemblies, fiber sub-panels, MPO fiber cassettes and rack-mount MPO fiber chassis to support 5G, big data and growing voice, video and data applications.

L-com said its new MT fan-out cassettes are ideal for connecting multi-fiber MTP trunk cables and splitting them out to multiple patch cables. These LGX style fan-out cassettes feature LC or SC ports, multimode and single mode options as well as one or two MTP connectors. The new MPO to LC, LGX fan-out cassettes and high density 19" rack-mount chassis are offered in OM3, OM4 and OS2 options. The LGX cassettes are available with MPO to 12, 24, 48 or 72 LC connector versions and the 1U rack-mount chassis feature a male MPO connector with pins and 48, 72, 96 or 144 multimode LC fiber ports.

Additional product lines include a wide range of fiber sub-panels which are ideal for use in enclosures, rack panels and DIN-rail boxes. As well as MPO to LC fiber fan-out cables that are available with 12 and 24 count fiber options with OM3, OM4 and OS2 versions and include MPO connectors with or without pins.

"These new fiber cables, cassettes and chassis provide technicians and IT managers with the perfect solution for saving space in crowded server rooms and datacenters. By utilizing MPO-style connectors, multiple fibers can be collapsed into a single MPO connection thus reducing cost, space used and complexity in fiber networks," said Paul Hospodar, Product Line Manager.

https://www.l-com.com/

Thursday, April 8, 2021

AMS-IX hits 10 Tbps peak traffic record

 AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, has reached a new traffic milestone. On the evening of 07-April-2021 at around 22:00 PM, AMS-IX measured a traffic peak of 10,012 Terabit per second. 

Internet traffic is surging for some time now due to the pandemic. Governments all over the world are taking lockdown measures restricting people’s movements and forcing them to work from home and spend their evenings indoors. 

In March and November last year AMS-IX reached the milestones of 8 and 9 Terabit per second. The curfew and the bad weather in the Netherlands have led to this new traffic peak of 10 Terabit per second. Many connected networks have upgraded their port capacity to handle extra traffic volume.

“The pandemic has resulted in Internet growth that makes us go back to the end of the 90s. Last year Internet volume exchanged over AMS-IX grew over 35% and we see the same pattern for this year. We live in uncertain times, but you can be sure that Internet traffic keeps on growing,” says AMS-IX CEO Peter van Burgel. 

AMS-IX says it is well capable of handling the traffic growth and is even able to handle traffic volume if it was the double over night. Moreover, AMS-IX invested in the capacity of the platform and added more 100G-ports. The platform currently has a port-capacity that enables 42 Terabit per second. Over 885 networks are connected to the Amsterdam interconnection hub, 75% of them are of European origin.

https://www.ams-ix.net/ams/news/new-10-tbit-s-peak-traffic-record-for-ams-ix

NEC and Cisco partner on 5G IP transport

NEC and Cisco announced a Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) to expand their partnership for accelerating the deployment of innovative 5G IP transport network solutions worldwide.

NEC has been a Cisco Gold Partner for over two decades.

Under the agreement, the companies will jointly drive new business opportunities for 5G. NEC group companies will work closely with Cisco to complement NEC’s ecosystem with optimized IP metro/access transport and edge cloud computing solutions. Cisco will support NEC’s customer engagements by offering best-in-class products, proposals and execution support.

The companies said they will strive to further enhance their joint solution portfolio and to optimize regional activities for advancing the digital transformation of customers across the globe.

"We believe 5G is fueling the internet for the future, and accelerating our customers’ digital transformations," said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. "Together with NEC, we are creating a powerful force to drive the critical changes needed in networking infrastructure to carry the internet into the next decade."

"Collaboration across the network solution ecosystem is essential for continued success in meeting diversified customer requirements and establishing a win-win relationship," said Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation. "This powerful partnership strengthens our global competitiveness as a network integrator that drives the customer journey with innovative solutions."

Telia Carrier opens PoP in Denver

Telia Carrier launched a a new Point of Presence (PoP) at Flexential’s data center in Aurora, Colorado. The partnership will allow Flexential’s customers to take advantage of Telia Carrier’s fiber backbone and connectivity providing cloud, application, content providers and Enterprise customers with new diverse routes and capacity at Terabit scale.  

 The partnership and expansion allow existing Flexential customers in the region access to a new Telia Carrier route from Denver to Omaha, Des Moines and Chicago. This route bypasses carrier hotels, saving expense and reducing latency. The path adds diversity and redundancy to existing fiber pathways, enhancing connectivity and delivering Telia Carrier’s signature levels of low latency and high availability. 


“By combining our strength in infrastructure and existing backbone technology with Telia Carrier’s global reach, we are able to offer customers in the Denver metro area connections outside the region via a diverse route at a lower cost and without reliance on a downtown carrier hotel,” said Ryan Mallory, COO Colocation and Interconnection, Flexential. “This new fiber route will drive significant reductions in latency and expanded interconnection options that are typically not available in a primarily rural area.” 

“Telia Carrier is excited to provide unique, diverse connectivity options supporting the demand to connect major markets and enable regional edge performance at scale,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business and Network Development, Telia Carrier. “We are excited to continue to grow the local ecosystem connectivity working with Flexential and our AS1299 internet backbone providing a trusted customer experience to application, cloud and content performance.” 

https://www.teliacarrier.com/about-us/press-releases/flexential-partners-with-telia-carrier.html

Verizon extends rollout of fixed 5G Home Internet to more cities

Verizon expanded its fixed 5G Home Internet service to more cities, including parts of Milwaukee and Tampa.

Verizon 5G Home Internet is now available in 30 markets.

The carrier says most customers can experience max download speeds up to 1 Gbps, with typical download speeds of 300 Mbps.


https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-5G-home-internet-is-available-in-more-cities

U.S. adds seven Chinese supercomputing sites to Entity List

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added the following seven Chinese supercomputing sites to its Entity List for conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States:

Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, the National Supercomputing Center Jinan, the National Supercomputing Center Shenzhen, the National Supercomputing Center Wuxi, and the National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou. 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement:

“Supercomputing capabilities are vital for the development of many – perhaps almost all – modern weapons and national security systems, such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons. The Department of Commerce will use the full extent of its authorities to prevent China from leveraging U.S. technologies to support these destabilizing military modernization efforts.”


https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2021/04/commerce-adds-seven-chinese-supercomputing-entities-entity-list-their

CommScope to spin-off its home networks business

CommScope announced plans to spin-off its Home Networks business and other initiatives to reduce operating costs throughout the Company. 

Upon completion of the separation, Joe Chow, Home Networks senior vice president, will become the chief executive officer of the stand-alone Home Networks company. The Board of Directors, management, company name and headquarters will be announced after they are finalized. The new, independent company is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange upon completion of the separation.

CommScope said the spinoff will improve its own margins while allowing the new company to pursue its own strategic market opportunities.

Following the completion of the spin-off transaction, CommScope will be composed of the following three business segments:

  • Broadband Networks: Dedicated to serving the telco and cable provider broadband market as a leading equipment manufacturer. The segment is focused on growing its current portfolio and deployment of DAA and virtualized platforms and driving investments to expand fiber capacity, fiber connectivity and network orchestration.
  • Venue and Campus Networks: Targeting both public and private networks for campuses, venues, data centers, and buildings. Venue and Campus Networks is focused on driving performance in its RUCKUS Wi-Fi 6 and cloud control platforms, ONECELL features to capitalize on 5G growth and virtualization, and driving high-density expansion in data centers.
  • Outdoor Wireless Networks: Focused on the Macro and Metro Cell businesses and building metro cell power solutions and modularity design innovation. The segment is also working on the development of new technologies in cell site connectivity and other technologies to support telco carriers building their 4G and 5G networks.

“Since I joined CommScope last October, the Board and management team have been undertaking a comprehensive review of our portfolio of assets and how each contributes to our long-term growth strategy,” said Chuck Treadway, president and chief executive officer. “As we proceeded with this review, it became clear that the Home Networks business’ distinct strategy, growth characteristics, investment requirements and returns on invested capital are not aligned with the rest of our portfolio. We believe that Home Networks will be better positioned to deliver superior home and consumer-oriented products as an independent company. In addition, we are moving quickly to streamline costs to create greater financial flexibility to invest in our growth. We expect the cost reduction actions we are taking in core CommScope to, at a minimum, offset Home Networks’ adjusted EBITDA and create savings we can reinvest in our business, which should result in post-spin leverage within core CommScope at no more than current levels.”

https://ir.commscope.com

Verizon & Honda test 5G for connected and autonomous vehicles

Honda and Verizon, in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles, are testing how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road thus reducing collisions and saving lives. 

Since 2017, Honda has been developing a technology to realize a collision-free society called SAFE SWARM. Using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communication, Honda SAFE SWARM enables vehicles to communicate with other road users and share key information such as location, speed, and vehicle sensor data. One limitation of this approach is the need to outfit each vehicle with onboard artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. The use of 5G helps move the AI capabilities from the vehicle to the MEC, reducing the need for AI onboard each vehicle.

The partners highlighted three safety scenarios:

  • Pedestrian Scenario: A pedestrian is crossing a street at an intersection. An approaching driver cannot see the pedestrian due to a building obstructing the view. Smart cameras mounted in the intersection relay information to MEC using the 5G network. Verizon’s MEC and V2X software platforms detect the pedestrian and vehicle and determine the precise location of road users assisted by Verizon’s Hyper Precise Location services. A visual warning message is then sent alerting the driver of the potential danger.
  • Emergency Vehicle Warning Scenario: A driver cannot see an approaching emergency vehicle and cannot hear its siren due to the high volume of in-vehicle audio. Verizon’s MEC and V2X software receive a safety message from the emergency vehicle and send a warning message to nearby vehicles. The driver receives a visual warning.
  • Red Light Runner Scenario: A vehicle fails to stop at a red light. Using data from the smart cameras, MEC and V2X software detect the vehicle and send a red-light-runner visual warning message to other vehicles approaching the intersection.

“Honda’s research collaboration with Verizon is an important step in our multi-year effort to develop connected vehicle safety technology to realize our vision for a collision-free society,” said Ehsan Moradi Pari, Ph.D, research group lead at Honda’s Advanced Technology Research Division. “While the research is preliminary and not intended as a product feature at this time, 5G-enabled vehicle communication and MEC have the potential to advance safety for everyone sharing the road.”

“The ability to move computing power to the edge of our 5G network is an essential building block for autonomous and connected vehicles, helping cars to communicate with each other in near real-time and with sensors and cameras installed in streets and traffic lights,” said Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of Technology Development and 5G Labs at Verizon. “When you consider that roughly 42,000 people were killed in car accidents last year and 94% of accidents are caused by human error, our new technologies including 5G and MEC can help drivers ‘see’ things before the human eye can register and react helping to prevent collisions and save lives.”