Tuesday, May 23, 2023

DriveNets designs network fabric for large-scale AI workloads

DriveNets introduced a networking solution designed to maximize the utilization of AI infrastructures and improve the performance and utilization of large-scale AI workloads. DriveNets Network Cloud-AI aims for 30% improvement in JCT (Job Completion Time) of large-scale AI workloads, substantially improving resource utilization, while also supporting a standard Ethernet which allows for vendor interoperability and choice.

"AI compute resources are extremely costly and must be fully utilized to avoid 'idle cycles' as they await networking tasks," said Ido Susan, DriveNets co-founder and CEO. "Leveraging our experience supporting the world's largest networks, we have developed DriveNets Network Cloud-AI. Network Cloud-AI has already achieved up to a 30% reduction in idle time in recent trials, enabling exponentially higher AI throughput compared to a standard Ethernet solution. This reduction also means the network effectively 'pays for itself' through more efficient use of AI resources." 

"Network Cloud-AI provides balanced fabric connectivity between all GPUs in a cluster just as InfiniBand does," said Susan. "The difference is that Network Cloud-AI interfaces with servers on standard Ethernet. InfiniBand uses proprietary equipment which creates vendor lock on the networking and GPU level." 

DriveNets Network Cloud-AI is based on OCP's Distributed Disaggregated Chassis (DDC) architecture which is built on a distributed leaf-and-spine model designed to support service provider high-scale networks. Highlights:

  • Scale - connects up to 32,000 GPUs at speeds ranging from 100G to 800G to a single AI cluster with perfect load balancing
  • Maximum utilization - equally distributes traffic across the AI network fabric, ensuring maximum network utilization and zero packet loss under the highest loads
  • Shortest JCT - supports congestion-free operations through end-to-end traffic scheduling, avoids flow collisions and jitter, and provides zero-impact failover with sub-10ms automatic path convergence
  • Openness - is an Ethernet-based solution that avoids proprietary approaches and supports vendor interoperability with a variety of white box manufacturers (ODMs), Network Interface Cards (NICs), and AI accelerator ASICs

DriveNets said early trials by leading hyperscalers using Network Cloud-AI over white boxes with Broadcom's Jericho family chipset achieved up to 30% improvement in JCT compared to other Ethernet solutions. 

"Ethernet has proven time and again to be the best choice for all networking needs by enabling an open, healthy, and competitive ecosystem," said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom. "Large-scale training and inference of AI models will benefit from networks that can perform at 100% utilization like DriveNets Network Cloud-AI. Broadcom's Jericho3-AI delivers an Ethernet network with perfect load balancing and end-to-end congestion management, resulting in significant reduction in job completion time compared to any other alternative."


Farice lights Iceland-Ireland subsea cable with Ciena

Farice has deployed Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution to support its recently launched IRIS cable system connecting southwest Iceland to Galway, Ireland, with onward connectivity to the UK, Denmark, and the Nordics.

 The IRIS cable system, which went live on March 1, is a six-fiber pair trunk delivering 22Tb/s per fiber pair, for a total capacity of 132Tb/s, at 500Gb/s line rates. The 1,700km submarine cable is the third to connect Iceland to Europe, providing a diverse, high-capacity pathway for traffic flowing between the regions. 

For IRIS, Farice deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics, and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller. Ciena Services provided consulting, systems integration, training, and optimization—and will perform maintenance services to ensure the network continues to operate at peak performance. Additionally, Ciena assisted Farice with upgrading terrestrial routes in Iceland for IRIS and DANICE to a protected ring system with a fast restoration using a ROADM-based GeoMesh Extreme architecture; DANICE was also updated to WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics.

"By deploying a third submarine network cable in Iceland, Farice has dramatically increased the redundancy and resiliency of connectivity in the northwest Atlantic. Route diversity and green energy capabilities will help make Iceland highly attractive to data center operators, cloud providers, and other businesses that require high-performance networking," states Thomas Soerensen, VP, Global Submarine Solutions, Ciena.

Apple signs multiyear deal with Broadcom for 5G RF components

Apple signed a new multiyear, multibillion-dollar agreement with Broadcom for 5G radio frequency components — including FBAR filters — and cutting-edge wireless connectivity components. 

The FBAR filters will be designed and built in several key American manufacturing and technology hubs, including Fort Collins, Colorado, where Broadcom has a major facility woth more than 1,100 employees.

“We’re thrilled to make commitments that harness the ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit of American manufacturing,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “All of Apple’s products depend on technology engineered and built here in the United States, and we’ll continue to deepen our investments in the U.S. economy because we have an unshakable belief in America’s future.”

Broadcom will continue to invest in critical automation projects and upskilling with technicians and engineers at the Fort Collins site. 


CoreSite expands in Silicon Valley and Denver

CoreSite announced the continued expansion of its Silicon Valley and Denver data center campuses. Plans include:

  • Silicon Valley: CoreSite is adding its ninth data center in Santa Clara, California. With the addition of the new 240,000-square-foot, purpose-built data center – known as SV9 – the company’s newest Silicon Valley data center campus will have 1.179 million total square feet of data center space. Located at 2915 Stender Way, SV9 will offer 34 megawatts of IT load with a new utility substation onsite. CoreSite has also completed the design and permitting process to add 3,420 square feet and 500 kilowatts of IT load to its downtown Denver (DE1) data center at 910 15th Street, one of the most interconnected data centers in the Denver metro region. Construction of SV9 is expected to be complete in 2024, preleasing is available now.
  • Denver: Strategically located in downtown Denver, CoreSite’s DE1 and DE2 data center facilities deliver two network-rich data centers and the region’s largest peering exchange. The expansion at DE1 will increase the total square footage in CoreSite’s Denver campus to 37,420. CoreSite is pre-leasing the DE1 expansion, which will be available for customers in 2H 2023.

“With expansions in both our Silicon Valley and Denver markets, CoreSite is delivering on our long-term strategy to meet the ever-increasing data center capacity demands and interconnection requirements of our valued customers,” said Juan Font, President and CEO, CoreSite and SVP of U.S. Tower. “Our strong financial backing by Fortune 375 wireless infrastructure leader, American Tower, and private equity partner, Stonepeak, means we have the direct access to capital required to grow with our customers to anticipate and build solutions for their future needs.”


Nick Lippis ONUG perspective: Capex, Opex & Cloud Migration

Struggling to navigate the transition from hardware to software-based infrastructure? 

Nick Lippis, Co-Founder & Co-Chair of ONUG, explains:

– The shift from CapEx to OpEx and managing infrastructure you don’t own

– The rise of network and security teams in enterprise cloud infrastructure

– How ONUG provides tools, knowledge, and best practices for successful digital transformation 

See video: https://ngi.fyi/onugsp23-onug-nick

Check out the rest of ONUG Spring 2023 showcase here: https://ngi.fyi/onugspring23yt

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ATX cites safety of its supercapacitors for broadband

ATX Networks recently completed testing of its hybrid supercapacitor-based energy storage modules that demonstrate the solution’s ability to withstand excessive physical and electrical stress without creating a safety hazard or dangerous environmental conditions.

 The testing was conducted by Georgia-based testing laboratory Energy Assurance, part of the Element Materials Technology (Element) Group.

ATX claims that its next-generation energy storage medium is safer than alternative backup power sources, such as lead-acid and some lithium-based batteries, and less susceptible to catching fire or leaking dangerous chemical substances because they are electrostatic, rather than electrochemical.

 “Broadband service providers want assurances that the equipment they use to provide standby power throughout their networks will not ignite, leak or explode if mishandled or subjected to extreme conditions,” said George Goncalves, ATX’s Director of Energy Storage Product Management. “The Areca units continued to perform as expected with no cell damage and no instances of thermal runaway during any of the eight tests run on our hybrid supercapacitor units.”


Vietnam's VNPT deploys 10G fiber broadband with Nokia

Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) has begun deployment of 10G fiber broadband with Nokia. The initial rollout will connect 10,000 homes and businesses in the 8 largest provinces of the country. 

Nokia is providing fiber access nodes for the operator’s exchanges and fiber modems for end users’ premises. The deployment includes Nokia's 7360-FX Lightspan series access node (OLT) which supports multiple fiber technologies including GPON, XGS-PON, 25GS-PON and Point-to-Point Ethernet to deliver a wide range of services.

In September 2021, the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications launched the National Digital Transformation Programme with the goal that fiber internet infrastructure should cover 80 percent of households and 100 percent of communes by 2025.

Mr. Dang Anh Son, CEO at VNPT Net Corporation, said: “This project is our first step towards high-class FTTx services which meet our residential and business customers’ demand for higher bandwidth and service quality using the latest generation XGS-PON. Next step, VNPT will work with Nokia to deploy cloud-based network management systems for the XGS-PON and enhance customer experiences through digital transformation solutions.”

Rubén Morón Flores, Head of Market Unit Vietnam at Nokia, said: “We are proud to have been selected by VNPT for this important milestone of bringing 10G broadband to the country for the first time. The APAC region is the largest in the world for fiber broadband. Our multi-gig and multi-PON solution provides for incredible flexibility and scale. Vietnam has ambitious plans and we’re delighted to be part of them.”

Nokia notes that its Quillion chipset now has more than 250 operator customers around the world. 

ADVA announces planned CEO transition

ADVA confirmed that Christoph Glingener will step down as CEO and transition to his previous role as CTO for ADVA effective June 30, 2023, and will continue as CTO for Adtran, to which he was appointed in January 2023. 

Tom Stanton will be appointed ADVA’s new CEO effective July 1, 2023, and will also continue as Adtran’s CEO. Tom Stanton was named Adtran Inc. CEO in 2005 and chairman of the board in 2007.