Sunday, April 21, 2024

Cisco Steps Up in AI Security Battle with New Hypershield

Cisco introduced a cloud-native, AI-powered approach to highly distributed security for AI-scale data centers that’s built into the fabric of the network.

Cisco Hypershield is a new security product that integrates deeply with network infrastructure, promising enhanced protection for AI-scale data centers. 

Hypershield combines Cisco's advancements in network security with strategic partnerships, such as with NVIDIA, to optimize AI-driven security capabilities. The system offers visibility into operations across environments, whether in cloud setups or traditional data centers, through innovative use of lightweight monitoring tools that do not interfere with core operations.

Key features of Cisco Hypershield include:

  • Autonomous Network Segmentation: It dynamically updates security protocols based on real-time network flow and application behavior analysis.
  • Proactive Vulnerability Management: The system identifies and mitigates potential exploits before they become active threats.
  • Seamless Security Upgrades: Hypershield tests and implements upgrades without impacting system uptime, ensuring continuous protection.

Here is a blog by Jeetu Patel, Cisco's EVP and General Manager, Security & Collaboration

China Mobile, Qualcomm, and ZTE achieve 5.4Gbps

ZTE, in collaboration with China Mobile's Zhejiang Branch and Qualcomm, achieved a 5.4Gbps peak data rate during a field test in Jiaxing. This test is notable as the world’s first end-to-end field application of 3CC CA (three Carrier Component Carrier Aggregation) combined with 1024QAM (1024-state Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).

The field test utilized advanced 5G-A features, showcasing their potential to enhance the performance and efficiency of commercial 5G networks. It also emphasized the importance of 5G-A technology in enabling rapid and effective collaboration across the telecom industry, impacting system products, commercial chips, and terminals:

  • Industry firsts: Successful combination of 3CC CA with 1024QAM in an end-to-end test.
  • Enhanced user experience: Peak single-user downlink rate surpassed 5.4Gbps.
  • Spectrum efficiency: 1024QAM technology improves data transmission efficiency by 25% over previous technologies.

Looking ahead, China Mobile's Zhejiang Branch, ZTE, and Qualcomm Technologies will continue their partnership to pioneer innovations and expand the use of 5G technologies. Their efforts are directed towards enabling a range of emerging services such as VR experiences, ultra-high-definition broadcasting, and advanced 3D applications, paving the way for a transformative impact on the digital economy and society.

Intel installs ASML's first High Numerical Aperture EUV system

Intel Foundry has received and assembled the industry’s first High Numerical Aperture (High NA) Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography system, a next-generation lithography system developed by ASML.

The ASML TWINSCAN EXE:5000 High NA EUV tool was installed at the Intel R&D site in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is currently undergoing callibration testing in preparation for production of Intel’s future process roadmap.

Intel says the new tool provides the ability to dramatically improve resolution and feature scaling for the next generation of processors, enabling Intel Foundry to continue process leadership beyond Intel 18A.

ASML recently announced it has printed the first-ever 10 nanometer (nm) dense lines in the High NA lab at the company’s headquarters in Veldhoven, Netherlands. These are the finest lines ever printed, setting a world-record resolution for an EUV lithography scanner. This demonstration validates the innovative High NA EUV optics design from ASML partner Zeiss.

The TWINSCAN EXE:5000 system was transported to Oregon in more than 250 crates inside 43 freight containers. These were loaded onto multiple cargo planes that landed in Seattle. They were then transferred to 20 trucks for the drive to Oregon. The total weight of each new system is more than 150 metric tons. 

More About High NA EUV: High NA EUV lithography is an evolutionary step beyond EUV lithography, which uses a wavelength of light (13.5nm) that does not naturally occur on Earth. The light is created by a powerful laser hitting a droplet of tin heated to a temperature of almost 220,000 degrees Celsius — almost 40 times hotter than the average surface temperature of the sun. This light reflects off a mask containing a template of the desired circuit pattern, and then through an optical system built with the most accurate mirrors ever fabricated.

Numerical Aperture (NA) is a measure of the ability to collect and focus light. By changing the design of the optics used to project a pattern onto a wafer, High NA EUV technology enables a significant step forward in resolution and transistor size. The ability to create transistors at these smaller dimensions also requires new transistor structures and improvements in other process steps that Intel is developing in parallel to the integration of the first High NA EUV system.

Oracle plans big cloud infrastructure expansion in Japan

Oracle plans to invest more than $8 billion over the next 10 years to meet the growing demand for cloud computing and AI infrastructure in Japan.

To help customers and partners address the digital sovereignty requirements in Japan, Oracle will significantly expand its operations and support engineering teams with Japan-based personnel.

Oracle plans to increase local customer support of its public cloud regions in Tokyo and Osaka and its local operations teams for Oracle Alloy and OCI Dedicated Region. This will enable governments and businesses across Japan to continue to move their mission-critical workloads to the Oracle Cloud and embrace sovereign AI solutions.

In addition, Oracle announced a collaboration with Fujitsu Limited to deliver sovereign cloud and AI capabilities that help address the digital sovereignty requirements of Japanese businesses and the public sector. Fujitsu will deploy Oracle Alloy, a cloud infrastructure platform that provides more than 100 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services, including generative AI, as part of its Fujitsu Uvance Hybrid IT portfolio, which supports customers with on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure. This will enable businesses and the public sector to utilize sovereign cloud infrastructure and sovereign AI directly from data centers operated by Fujitsu in Japan. Oracle is a leading hyperscaler capable of delivering AI and a full suite of 100+ cloud services locally, anywhere. Based on the knowledge accumulated through use cases in the Japanese market, Fujitsu will actively consider expanding Oracle Alloy to other markets.

“We are dedicated to meeting our customers and partners where they are in their cloud journey,” said Toshimitsu Misawa, member of the board, corporate executive officer and president, Oracle Corporation Japan. “By growing our cloud footprint and providing a team to support sovereign operations in Japan, we are giving our customers and partners the opportunity to innovate with AI and other cloud services while supporting their regulatory and sovereignty requirements.”