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VIAVI Increases Capabilities for Industry-Leading Remote Fiber Test and Monitoring Portfolio

VIAVI | June 08, 2021

VIAVI Solutions Inc. announced the addition of many additional features to its award-winning Optical Network Monitoring Solutions (ONMS) family of remote test and monitoring solutions. The other capabilities provide even more network intelligence in fiber environments, which serve as the foundation for high-speed core, metro ring, and access applications in PON, 5G, and data center networks.

Due to wavelength and fiber density, optical network data rates are pushing new limits in transmission speeds through dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), high fiber count cables, and complex point-to-multipoint and multi-fiber push-on (MPO) architectures. It is now more critical than ever for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and network operators to include remote network intelligence to provide excellent quality of service (QoS), near-zero downtime, and security. To do so, they must scale fibre network deployment, accelerate construction, increase service revenue, and manage an ever-increasing maintenance workload. Remote, automated intelligence enables the ability to climb high-quality standards and speeds without incurring additional expense or workload.

VIAVI responds with several new remote test and monitoring solutions that rely on rapid response and automation to manage dense, complicated networks:

• A patented new Flash Fiber Monitoring feature for ONMSi and SmartOTU software allows operators to detect and locate flash attenuation that causes network route flapping and burst network error conditions. The quality, which is an industry first, is 100 to 300 times quicker than regular monitoring, with performance capable of detecting flash attenuation in an unprecedented one-tenth of a second. One of the most common but damaging and difficult-to-diagnose problems is network route flapping. Until now, operators had no way of detecting or locating flash attenuation events, which cause millions of communication mistakes worldwide each year.

• New iOTDR Micro and Nano cards enable NEMs to integrate optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) technology into their elements at a low cost, with low power and a small footprint. The comprehensive software library for the cards provides operators with the most comprehensive variety of use cases in the industry via an element-integrated iOTDR solution, possibly saving NEM R&D teams 2–3 years of development time. The cards assist NEMs and their operators by providing an unparalleled range of applications such as fiber characterization, fiber monitoring, tapping security intrusion detection, fault demarcation, Raman amplified link test, and fiber degradation tracking for preventative maintenance.

• Using the NITRO BI Fiber Insight Platform for ONMSi, new fiber network analytics automate fiber diagnostics to proactively eliminate risks and establish a prioritized network performance improvement action plan. Fiber trends and aging use cases enable operators to view simplified reporting across the entire fiber network, allowing them to revise procedures. All fibers can be graded by cable, customer, network location, and fault type, transforming mountains of raw data into actionable insight.

In addition to the ONMSi remote fiber test system, VIAVI provides the industry's highest-performance OTDR technology, which generates an accurate, high-resolution trace to find faults, intrusions, and degradation in metro, core, access, and all-fiber networks. The OTU-8000 and OTU-5000 optical test heads from VIAVI work in tandem with ONMSi and NITRO software to allow users to optimize flexible OTDR capabilities, rack footprint, and price point. The system has applications for PON construction and service delivery, infrastructure monitoring, and network security.

About VIAVI

VIAVI is a leading global provider of network test, monitoring, and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government, and avionics. We assist these customers in controlling the network by using the power of instruments, automation, intelligence, and virtualization. VIAVI is also a pioneer in light management solutions for 3D sensing, counterfeit detection, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.

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Quali Simplifies Cloud Infrastructure Management with Latest Evolution of Torque Platform

Quali | October 28, 2022

Quali, a leading provider of Environments as a Service infrastructure automation and management solutions, announced today new capabilities that simplify the management of Infrastructure as Code (IaC), strengthen infrastructure governance, and provide further actionable data on the usage and cost of cloud infrastructure. Torque delivers on business’ need to scale with transparency and controls to ensure governance and accountability without introducing inhibitors to rapid execution. Without any additional effort and with no implementation needed, Torque removes friction and promotes productivity by discovering, analyzing and importing existing IaC assets created by DevOps teams, templatizing those assets into complete application environments, and allowing governed self-service access with unprecedented visibility and control. Torque allows teams to set policies that enforce governance, manage costs, and mitigate risks associated with cloud infrastructure, which enables organizations to respond to business requirements and deliver change faster and with greater agility. Torque operates across all major cloud providers, as well as major infrastructure types like containers, VMs and Kubernetes on any target infrastructure. The latest release of Torque delivers key capabilities to simplify complex infrastructure, manage IaC files and integrate with the most widely used technologies to leverage business’ existing investments. New enhancements to Torque include: Helm drift detection – in addition to the ability to detect infrastructure drift for Terraform files, Torque now adds that capability for Helm Charts, building an additional layer of control to ensure infrastructure consistency throughout the CI/CD pipeline. “BYO” Terraform policies – Torque supports basic Terraform policies, but now allows the import of existing definitions, so users can leverage previous work to define policies. Enhanced cost reporting – Cost reporting capabilities have been enhanced to include automatic cost collection for Kubernetes hosts to enhance cost visibility and provide business context to resource consumption. Environment view – From a single pane of glass, Torque lists all elements comprising an environment blueprint definition pulled from the user’s Git, including visibility into all subcomponents of environment definitions. Audit Log integrations – All data collected by Torque can be imported into third-party audit tools like ELK elastic search service, promoting greater visibility and accountability, and further strengthening IT teams’ ability to enforce compliance. “The rate at which technology is evolving has created a level of complexity that businesses are struggling to manage. “As a result, many are turning to IaC for automation, but environments now consist of a larger number of technologies that need to be governed. Torque is the control plane that manages those technologies, so organizations can operate with more speed, greater scale, lower costs and less risk.” Lior Koriat, CEO of Quali With Torque, IT leaders understand what infrastructure is being used, when, why and by who in a consistent, measurable way without any negative impact on development practices and tooling. This ensures freedoms for software development teams are maintained, while accelerating infrastructure delivery speed, accountability and mitigating risk to support the business’ needs to plan, optimize and understand the value delivered by software and infrastructure. Quali will be demonstrating its Torque platform at KubeCon North America October 26th through the 28th in Detroit, Michigan. Stop by booth S6 to learn more. About Quali     Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Quali provides the leading platform for Environments as a Service. Global 2000 enterprises rely on Quali’s infrastructure automation and control plane platform to support the continuous delivery of application software at scale. Quali delivers greater control and visibility over infrastructure, so businesses can increase engineering productivity and velocity, understand and manage cloud costs, optimize infrastructure utilization and mitigate risk.

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Intel Launches 13th Gen Intel Core Processor Family Alongside New Intel Unison Solution

Intel | September 28, 2022

Today at Intel Innovation, Intel revealed the 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family, led by the 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900K – the world’s fastest desktop processor1. The new 13th Gen Intel Core family includes six new unlocked desktop processors with up to 24 cores and 32 threads and blazing clock speeds up to 5.8 GHz for the best gaming, streaming and recording experience2. Led by the launch of the Intel Core “K” processors, the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop family will consist of 22 processors and more than 125 partner system designs – providing an uncompromising experience in both application performance and platform compatibility. Enthusiasts can take advantage of 13th Gen Intel Core processors’ performance improvements with existing Intel® 600 or new Intel® 700 series chipset motherboards. Combined with both the latest DDR5 memory support and continued DDR4 memory support, users can enjoy the benefits of 13th Gen Intel Core while customizing their setup based on their own feature and budget preferences. “We are raising the standards of PC performance once again with our latest generation of flagship 13th Gen Intel Core Processors,” said Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel. “The 13th Gen Intel Core family is the latest example of how Intel is enabling amazing experiences to happen on the PC – at scale and across all PC product segments. Combine this with an industry-leading partner ecosystem and new solutions like Intel Unison, and together we are showing the world what’s truly possible with the PC experience going forward.” A Complete, All-Around Platform to Game and Create Building on a matured Intel 7 process and x86 performance hybrid architecture, 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors enable better system performance – even through the most demanding of multitasking workloads. This includes up to 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance3. With this generation, Intel’s performance hybrid architecture brings together the fastest Performance-cores (P-core) ever built along with up to double the number of Efficient-cores (E-core) – delivering improved single-threaded and multi-threaded performance that enables: World’s best gaming experience: Available with up to 24 cores (8 P-cores, 16 E-cores) and 32 threads, the new Core i9-13900K provides the best experience for gaming, streaming and recording. With up to 5.8 GHz and 15% better single-thread performance, it can push high frame rates and allow for unleashed gaming experiences across top titles4. Continued advances in content creation performance: The 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processor lineup adds more E-cores and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance to handle multiple, compute intensive workloads to keep people in the creative flow. An unmatched overclocking experience5: The 13th Gen Intel Core processor offers an unmatched overclocking experience for everyone – from experts to beginners. 13th Gen Intel Core processor users can see higher average overclocking speeds across P-cores, E-cores and DDR5 memory. Intel also updated its easy one-click overclocking feature, Intel® Speed Optimizer, to support 13th Gen processors so users can overclock with minimal effort. And the robust Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 ecosystem provides a wide selection of overclocking modules. When coupled with Intel® Dynamic Memory Boost, this feature provides a hassle-free memory overclocking experience with both DDR4 and DDR5. Rob Bartholomew, chief product officer at Creative Assembly, said, “We’ve been working with Intel for over a decade to deliver an incredible Total War experience on Intel CPUs. We’ve optimized Total War: WARHAMMER III for the hybrid 12th Gen architecture, and we’re excited to continue the work with the new 13th Gen Intel Core Processors.” Industry-Leading Features for Desktop Platforms The 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors empower users with leading-edge performance and experiences across gaming, content creation and work, with several new and improved features including: Intel® Adaptive Boost Technology and Thermal Velocity Boost opportunistically boosts processor clock frequencies based on power and thermal headroom during a given workload. Available in Intel Core i9 unlocked SKUs. More E-cores across Intel Core i5, i7, i9 power a big leap in multi-threaded performance and better multi-tasking/mega-tasking experience for users. PCIe Gen 5.0 support, with as many as 16 lanes off the processor. Increased memory support to DDR5-5600 and DDR5-5200, while maintaining DDR4 compatibility. Up to 2x the L2 cache and increased L3 cache. Introducing the Intel 700 Series Chipset with Backward Compatibility Alongside the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel is launching the new Intel 700 Series chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. Eight additional PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes combined with PCIe Gen 3.0 provide 28 total lanes off the chipset, increased USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ports provide improved USB connectivity speed, and DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset-to-CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking. Additionally, Intel is bringing forward and backward compatibility. Take advantage of 13th Gen Intel Core processor performance improvements with existing Intel 600 chipset-based motherboards. Intel Unison: A Seamless Multi-Device Experience Enabling an Open Ecosystem Following the acquisition of Screenovate showcased at CES 2022, Intel is introducing Intel® Unison™, a software solution that seamlessly connects your PC and devices for a universal, easy-to-use experience across operating systems. Intel Unison’s initial release will deliver a continuous and seamless connectivity experience between the PC and phone, beginning with iOS and Android. Following a simple pairing process, users will be able to: File transfer: Users save time when transferring files and photos between a PC and Android or iOS device, as well as extend the power of the PC and enjoy the continuity of taking a photo or video on a phone and seamlessly editing on the PC. Text message: Users send and receive text messages from PCs to avoid device-switching and enjoy the comfort and ease of a full keyboard and monitor. Phone calls: With access to a phone’s full contact list, users can make and receive voice calls directly from their PCs. Phone notifications: Users can receive and manage phone notifications from a PC to stay connected and maintain control. Intel Unison will launch on select Intel® Evo™ laptops based on 12th Gen Intel Core processors from Acer, HP and Lenovo this year, and will scale to 13th Gen Intel Core-based designs starting early in 2023. Intel Unison will continue to evolve with additional form factors, functionality and operating systems in the future6. About Intel Intel is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. 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CoreWeave Among First Cloud Providers to Offer NVIDIA HGX H100 Supercomputers Set to Transform AI Landscape

CoreWeave | November 07, 2022

CoreWeave, a specialized cloud provider built for large-scale GPU-accelerated workloads, today announced it is among the first to offer cloud instances with NVIDIA HGX H100 supercomputing. CoreWeave, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle are the first cloud providers included in the launch of this groundbreaking AI platform. CoreWeave was the first Elite Cloud Service Provider for Compute in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) and is also among the NPN’s Elite Cloud Service Providers for Visualization. “This validates what we’re building and where we’re heading,” said Michael Intrator, CoreWeave co-founder and CEO. “CoreWeave’s success will continue to be driven by our commitment to making GPU-accelerated compute available to startup and enterprise clients alike. Investing in the NVIDIA HGX H100 platform allows us to expand that commitment, and our pricing model makes us the ideal partner for any companies looking to run large-scale, GPU-accelerated AI workloads.” NVIDIA’s ecosystem and platform are the industry standard for AI. The NVIDIA HGX H100 platform allows a leap forward in the breadth and scope of AI work businesses can now tackle. The NVIDIA HGX H100 enables up to seven times better efficiency in high-performance computing (HPC) applications, up to nine times faster AI training on the largest models and up to 30 times faster AI inference than the NVIDIA HGX A100. That speed, combined with the lowest NVIDIA GPUDirect network latency in the market with the NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand platform, reduces the training time of AI models to “days or hours instead of months.” Such technology is critical now that AI has permeated every industry. “AI and HPC workloads require a powerful infrastructure that delivers cost-effective performance and scale to meet the needs of today’s most demanding workloads and applications. “CoreWeave’s new offering of instances featuring NVIDIA HGX H100 supercomputers will enable customers the flexibility and performance needed to power large-scale HPC applications.” Dave Salvator, director of product marketing at NVIDIA In the same way that drivers of fuel-efficient cars save money on gas, CoreWeave clients spend between 50% to 80% less on compute resources. The company’s performance-adjusted cost structure is two-fold. First, clients only pay for the HPC resources they use, and CoreWeave cloud instances are highly configurable. Second, CoreWeave’s Kubernetes-native infrastructure and networking architecture produce performance advantages, including industry-leading spin-up times and responsive auto-scaling capabilities that allow clients to use compute more efficiently. CoreWeave competitors charge for idle compute capacity to maintain access to GPUs and use legacy-networking products that degrade performance with scale. “CoreWeave’s infrastructure is purpose-built for large-scale GPU-accelerated workloads — we specialize in serving the most demanding AI and machine learning applications,” said Brian Venturo, CoreWeave co-founder and chief technology officer. “We empower our clients to create world-changing technology by delivering practical access to high-performance compute at scale, on top of the industry’s fastest and most flexible infrastructure.” CoreWeave leverages a range of open-source Kubernetes projects, integrates with best-in-class technologies such as Determined.AI and offers support for open-source AI models including Stable Diffusion, GPT-NeoX-20B and BLOOM as part of its mission to lead the world in AI and machine learning infrastructure. Founded in 2017, CoreWeave provides fast, flexible, and highly available GPU compute resources that are up to 35 times faster and 80% less expensive than large, generalized public clouds. An Elite Cloud Service Provider for Compute and Visualization in the NPN, CoreWeave offers cloud services for compute-intensive projects, including AI, machine learning, visual effects and rendering, batch processing and pixel streaming. CoreWeave’s infrastructure is purpose-built for burstable workloads, with the ability to scale up or down in seconds. About CoreWeave CoreWeave is a specialized cloud provider, delivering a massive scale of GPU compute resources on top of the industry’s fastest and most flexible infrastructure. CoreWeave builds cloud solutions for compute intensive use cases — digital assets, VFX and rendering, machine learning and AI, batch processing and pixel streaming — that are up to 35 times faster and 80% less expensive than the large, generalized public clouds.

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