prnewswire | October 13, 2020
Silicom Ltd. a leading provider of networking and data infrastructure solutions, today announced that a Tier 1 Mobile Operator has selected Silicom's architecture for next-generation Distribution Units, which supports both 4G and 5G deployments, for use in field trials planned to take place during the next several months.The architecture selected is based on Silicom's Edge Units designed originally for use in SD-WAN/NFV applications. Since the original design was modular, Silicom was able to customize the solution quickly for use in the mobile network DU and to rapidly integrate Silicom's 4G/5G Smart Cards into it.
Napatech | February 19, 2022
Napatech the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced the integration of 5G User Plane Function (UPF) offload within its Link-Inline™ software suite. This will enable communications service providers (CSPs) to maximize the number of users supported in an edge or core data center.
Unlike in most 4G networks based on purpose-built appliances, the 5G packet core is implemented as virtualized or cloud-native software running on servers located within edge and core data centers. As CSPs worldwide scale up the deployments of their 5G networks, they face strong financial pressure to maximize the number of users that can be supported on each server, whether individual subscribers or IoT devices, thereby minimizing the net cost-per-user.
Within 5G packet core software, the subsystem that represents the highest compute workload is the User Plane Function (UPF), which performs critical packet inspection, routing and forwarding functions associated with connecting user and device traffic from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the Data Network (DN). General-purpose server CPUs aren't well suited to the performance and latency requirements of real-time packet processing, so CSPs and 5G core software vendors typically adopt solutions for offloading the UPF to accelerator cards that are optimized for executing such workloads.
Napatech addresses the key business challenges around packet core deployments through its new, integrated hardware/software solution that delivers industry-leading UPF performance. The solution comprises a fully offloaded UPF fast path implemented within the Link-Inline™ software stack, running on programmable PCI-Express (PCIe) SmartNICs available in configurations that support a total bandwidth of either 100Gbps (NT100 card) or 200Gbps (NT200 card). The UPF data path is implemented as a port-to-port inline or "hairpinned" architecture, which ensures that following initial setup all flows are processed on the SmartNIC with no need to pass traffic to and from the server CPU, maximizing the overall performance of the system.
Using a single 200Gbps NT200 SmartNIC to sustain 100Gbps of full duplex traffic, the Napatech UPF Offload solution processes up to 100 million concurrent flows, with a flow learning rate greater than 1.5 million flows per second. This results in a total throughput of up to 85 million packets per second on stateful connections and ensures full wire speed operation for typical packet sizes. In a representative use case analyzed by the company, the Napatech UPF offload solution enables CSPs to support seven times more users per server than with competing solutions.
"Napatech's UPF offload solution supports industry-standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as DPDK RTE_FLOWS, ensuring a straightforward integration with existing 5G core software, Similarly, full support for Kubernetes container orchestration ensures that the solution can be deployed within a standard cloud-native environment."
Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development, Napatech
As an additional benefit for CSPs, Napatech's UPF offload solution enables them to improve the efficiency of their network monitoring systems. In a typical 5G network, multiple packet core instances are deployed at physical locations ranging from edge nodes to on-premise clouds to metro Points of Presence (PoPs) to telco data centers. CSPs, however, need a holistic, real-time view of network traffic trends to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) and proactively identify actual or potential problems.
Napatech addresses this monitoring challenge by implementing high-performance traffic mirroring and tunneling functions within the Link-Inline software running on its SmartNICs. Both "N3" (RAN to Core) and "N6" (Core to Data Network) traffic can be tunneled over a mirror feed and forwarded to a centralized monitoring system located at the Network Operations Center (NOC). This enables CSPs to implement an efficient, cost-effective network monitoring system that's centralized, rather than being forced to replicate individual monitoring appliances at many remote locations. It also ensures a cost-effective solution for implementing Lawful Intercept (LI) functions with zero packet loss.
"Napatech is addressing a critical industry challenge with its 5G UPF offload solution," said Roy Chua, founder and principal, AvidThink. "As deployments of both public and private 5G networks proliferate, CSPs are under increasing pressure to maximize the profitability of their services. Napatech's solution can enable them to maximize the efficiency of their packet core servers and network monitoring systems, contributing significantly to improving the ROI for their 5G infrastructure."
Napatech is the leading supplier of programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. Through commercial-grade software suites integrated with robust, high-performance hardware, Napatech accelerates telecom, networking and security workloads to deliver best-in-class system-level performance while maximizing the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services. Additional information is available at www.napatech.com.
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InfiniteWorld | May 30, 2022
Aries I Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, and Infinite Assets, Inc., a premium Metaverse infrastructure platform that helps brands to create, monetize, and drive consumer engagement with digital content, are pleased to provide various updates reflecting substantial progress toward consummating the previously announced business combination between InfiniteWorld and Aries later this year.
Brad Allen, a media and technology expert, has agreed to join InfiniteWorld as its Chief Executive Officer, the Company and Aries are thrilled to announce. Most recently, Mr. Allen served as Executive Chairman of Vaunt, a sports and entertainment IP development and content company for athletes, artists, and creators. In addition, he formerly served as Executive Chairman of NextVR, a virtual reality startup that was later acquired by Apple. He has decades of experience working in the technology, media, sports, and finance industries around the world, as well as serving on the boards of several private and public firms. In addition, Yonathan Lapchik, who has been acting as InfiniteWorld's CEO and is a Co-Founder of the Company, will continue to work with the company as a Senior Advisor to the CEO and as the CEO of InfiniteWorld's Web 3.0 partner, SUKU.
"I am excited and honored to be joining InfiniteWorld at this inflection point in the Company's development and at the very early days of what we believe to be a rapidly opening market for all elements of the Metaverse and Web 3.0, including digital asset creation, infrastructure, and engagement. InfiniteWorld has capabilities that I believe are well-positioned at the intersection of digital content, content creators large and small, communities of users and consumers, and next generation engagement and marketing strategies for brands around the world. I look forward to a successful business combination with Aries and our ability to grow and develop as one of the first pure-play Metaverse companies in the public markets" stated Mr. Allen.
Mr. Lapchik stated, "InfiniteWorld has experienced strong momentum this year, which puts us in a position to bring on Brad Allen, a seasoned sports, media and technology executive, to take the company to the next level of growth. It's a bittersweet moment for me but we have always anticipated bringing on new leadership for this phase. Serving as CEO of both InfiniteWorld and SUKU at the same time has been my true pleasure and I believe has been beneficial for both companies. Brad can now help InfiniteWorld transition into its next stage as a public entity. This will allow me to devote more energy to my passion for decentralization through SUKU, which I believe will help deepen InfiniteWorld's integration with other decentralized Web 3.0 ecosystems and communities."
All critical workstreams linked to the business combination and InfiniteWorld becoming a public company later this year are being actively worked on by InfiniteWorld and Aries. As a result, the transaction can be completed with no minimum cash requirement.