Tuesday, April 19, 2022

JPNAP tests 400 GigE interconnects

JPNAP, one of Asia's largest internet exchanges (IX1), in partnership with Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) an NTT Communications, conducted its first IX interconnection using 400-gigabit Ethernet.

The demonstration, which used 400-gigabit routers and switches from Arista, Cisco, and Juniper, tested interoperability at the physical and network levels, including optical switches, routing control, and 400-gigabit traffic flow using 400-gigabit interfaces (400G-FR4 and 400G-LR4) in the IX.

INTERNET MULTIFEED CO. (Multifeed), which operates JPNAP, provided the test environment and verified the interoperability of the 400-gigabit interface. IIJ and NTT Com verified the interoperability of the 400-gigabit interface from the standpoint of IX service users.

Multifeed said it will continue to study the introduction of a 400-gigabit service for JPNAP, targeting a commercial launch within the fiscal year ending next March, aiming to further enhance and expand its IX services with advanced technologies and services. IIJ and NTT Com also aim to introduce the technology to cope with increasing traffic and thereby enhance the mobile Internet as a key social infrastructure.

JPNAP has been providing a 100-gigabit interface since July 2012. With the continuing rise in Internet traffic, however, multiple 100-gigabit interfaces have been increasingly bundled out of necessity, pointing to the need for a wider bandwidth interface.


Arista tunes its EOS and CloudVision for media/entertainment networks

Arista Networks is extending its Arista EOS and CloudVision software to support high-performance switched networks for media and entertainment customers. 

Arista Media Control Service (MCS), which is supported on all of Arista’s EOS-based platforms including the full range of Arista 7000-series 10/25/40/50/100/400G Ethernet switches, tunes the Arista network fabric for faster establishment of audio and video streams. 

Arista MCS is a licensed software service that provides APIs to dynamically program bandwidth-protected multicast flows across an Arista IP topology while also providing integrated event notification and tally in a highly efficient and deterministic manner. 


India's HFCL Limited teams with IP Infusion for 5G RAN portfolio

HFCL Limited, which operates optical fiber Cable manufacturing plants at Hyderabad and Goa, is working with IP Infusion on a new portfolio of 5G products for the Radio Access Network (RAN) and Transport. Ghe 5G Transport products include Cell Site Router, DU (Distributed Unit) Aggregation Router, and CU (Centralized Unit) Aggregation Router. 

The companies say that IP Infusion’s OcNOS integrated with HFCL-designed high-performance 5G Transport routers will improve network efficiencies and optimize telecom infrastructure as 5G rollout accelerates. The 5G Transport router portfolio with IP Infusion’s network OS showcasesinnovations in multiple areas, including segment routing protocol for significantly increased scalability, closed loop automation for continuous analytics optimizing the end user experience, and increased power efficiencies. To detect and prevent security threats, a simplified configuration interface delivers the benefits of maximum server hardening. HFCL managed the full cycle from concept to design to implementation, tailoring the solution for the specific needs of market use cases both for India and global customers.

HFCL’s 5G Transport products are based on merchant silicon, network dis-aggregated architecture, and on open standards like TIP (Telecom Infra Project), and OCP (Open Compute Project).

“This strategic partnership signals a huge step forward in our goal to help operators modernize their 5G transport network which is critical for the successful rollout of 5G services,” said Mahendra Nahata, HFCL Managing Director. “We are pleased to partner with IP Infusion, and trust their exemplary record of flexibility, reliability and collaboration will equip us to bring a highly efficient and future-proof solution to our market and to the rest of the world.”

“OcNOS combined with HFCL’s proven hardware will revolutionize India’s telecom industry, allowing for the deployment of new services quickly based on tested, and validated open networking,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “This strategic partnership will also comply with the Make in India initiative and is a major milestone in bringing open architecture, broad access and innovation as 5G becomes a reality in India and global markets.”

POET Technologies joins Singapore's Hybrid-Integrated Micro-Electronics center

POET Technologies has joined the Singapore Hybrid-Integrated Next Generation micro-Electronics (SHINE) Center located in the College of Design and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The mission of the SHINE Center is to address fundamental issues arising in IoT microelectronics and to engage industry players during the development cycle, to eventually translate the technology to industry. A strong team formed by top-notch professors across the world from NUS, NTU, University of California Berkeley and Northeastern University, A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and DSO National Laboratories (DSO) will be actively involved as research participants. Other members of the Consortium currently include Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), Applied Materials, Cadence Design System, Continental Automotive and SOITEC. James Lee, Vice President and General Manager of POET’s Singapore subsidiary, has played a key role in the conception of the Consortium and will lead several projects on behalf of the company. SHINE is expected to have a partnership launch and inaugural technical workshop in June.

“The vision for SHINE comes from Professor Aaron Thean, Dean of the College of Design and Engineering, with whom POET has worked for a number of years on certain engineering challenges, and more recently Professor Lim Yeow Kheng, who joined the faculty about two years ago from STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd.,” said Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman & CEO of POET Technologies. “We are delighted to be a founding member of SHINE, as it brings together equipment and expertise that NUS and companies in the consortium may use, independently and confidentially, to develop advanced processes and manufacturing techniques for hybrid integration of photonics devices. The systems, scientific instruments and engineering staff at NUS complements well our existing operation in Singapore, especially in the area of 2.5D and 3D semiconductor manufacturing. We plan to use the SHINE Center to design and manufacture Optical Interposer-based solutions for several new vertical markets, consistent with the mission of SHINE, including applications in sensing and the Internet of Things (IoT).”



Fungible launches a partner program

Fungible is launching a partnership program for its composable data center solutions.

The Fungible Partner Exchange (FunPX) partner program allows resellers, distributors, and technology providers worldwide to connect, collaborate, and grow their composable infrastructure capabilities to cloudify the world’s data centers.

“It’s my pleasure to announce the FunPX partner program. We recognize the importance of the channel. Our partners have been instrumental in fueling Fungible’s success and are a critical component in reaching our growth targets,” said Brian McCloskey, Chief Revenue Officer at Fungible. “We are investing in the tools, people, and processes to enable our partners to grow with us by providing immediate access to the essential information they need to win and help our mutual customers realize the benefits that the Fungible portfolio can bring to their infrastructure.”


Fungible leverages DPU to DPU to centralize GPUs across Ethernet

Fungible introduced a means by which data centers could centralize their existing GPU assets into a single resource pool to be attached to servers on demand.The Fungible GPU-Connect (FGC) solution leverages the company's DPU to dynamically compose GPU and CPU resources across an Ethernet network.Instead of dedicated GPUs sitting idle most of the time, data centers can provide new users with access to the GPU pool, making greater use of existing assets....

Windstream's Kinetic broadband boosts to 2 Gig

Windstream's fiber-based residential broadband service announced the availability of 2 Gig service in select residential markets. 

“While many of our competitors are overlooking these markets, we’re optimizing them,” said Mark Lederman, vice president of product for Kinetic. “As more homes have more devices connected to the internet, from gaming systems to streaming movies to refrigerators, families need faster speed to accommodate the demand.”

Kinetic is involved in a multi-year $2 billion capital investment strategy across its 18-state footprint. Last year, the company laid nearly 81,000 miles of next-generation fiber across the communities it serves, many of them small towns and rural areas. Additionally, the company is creating unique partnerships with cities, counties and other groups to drive fiber deeper into the network faster.


Parallel Wireless conducts Open RAN field trial in Brazil

Parallel Wireless is partnering with Inatel, Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Brisanet, Claro, TIM, and Vivo to conduct an Open RAN field trial throughout Brazil and other LATAM countries.   

Inatel - National Institute of Telecommunications is an education, research, and technology development center created in 1965 and located in Santa Rita do SapucaĆ­, southern Minas Gerais, also known as the Electronics Valley. It was the first institution of higher education in Telecommunications Engineering in Brazil.

Parallel Wireless will provide an Open RAN network enabling All Gs (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) utilizing Band 7 for the trial. The setup in test has Comba and Dell Technologies solutions. Mobile Network Operators Brisanet, Claro, TIM and Vivo are partners in the Open Field program. 

Russell Ribeiro, Regional VP LATAM Sales at Parallel Wireless said, "We are excited to partner with Inatel and TIP to showcase our leading-edge cloud-native, O-RAN compliant, Open RAN solutions enabling 4G and 5G broadband connectivity, providing leading edge applications for the citizens of Brazil and other LATAM countries. We are starting this Open Field program with 4G and will evolve to 5G later this year. We believe this program is a very good showroom for MNOs throughout Latin America to come and see our platform in operation in a real field environment."

Gleyson A. dos Santos, Business Development Specialist at Inatel said, "I am thrilled to participate in this field trial with Parallel Wireless and TIP where we will showcase how Open RAN technology enables robust wireless telecommunications products with improved software quality, less maintenance, faster adoption of new technologies and better user experiences."