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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    APRIL 2017
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What's New?

What's New?


New Courses Available from Intel® Network Builders University

Intel® Network Builders University continues to grow with the addition of four new courses this month. The first three courses were contributed by an Intel® Network Builders partner, Red Hat.*

In addition to this series, there is a new course on the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) 16.11 & 17.02 New Features. This DPDK course describes the new features introduced in the two most recent DPDK releases: 16.11, which was released in November 2016, and 17.02, which was released in February 2017.

Intel Network Builders University is one of three learning centers in Intel® Builders University, which also includes the Intel® Cloud Builders University and Intel® Storage Builders University. Intel Builders University offers software defined infrastructure–focused technical training for communication service provider customers, enterprise customers, and ecosystem partners. It is a resource to accelerate the deployment of virtualized technologies through education.

The online portion of the University is available through a simple registration here. Registrants have access to all of the content in the three learning centers and the new courses added each month. Please take a look, and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.



Register Now for Upcoming Intel® Network Builders Events

The 2017 series of Intel® Network Builders summits will kick off soon with events in Beijing, San Jose, and Madrid. Register today for these events to hear firsthand from communications service providers on the pain points they face as they move toward a fully virtualized network. You'll also learn how our mature ecosystem of partners is working together to accelerate proven and tested solutions to market.

Intel Network Builders summits are unique opportunities to drive further business engagements through networking and peer-to-peer engagement. The summits also offer exclusive discounted passes to the industry events to which they are aligned. Our agendas deliver the right combination of technical presentations, executive keynotes, and panel discussions, covering hot topics from service assurance to network functions virtualization (NFV) security to the innovations paving the path to 5G.

Full agendas will be available on the event websites. Register or request a pass today at the links below.

Beijing Event
Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with China SDN/NFV Congress
Date: April 25
Location: Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace Hotel, Beijing, China

This event has limited spaces. To request a pass to attend, please visit the event page and complete the pass request form. You will be contacted by a representative of the Intel Network Builders team with a confirmation of your pass.

San Jose Event
Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with NFV World Congress
Date: May 2
Location: DoubleTree Hilton, San Jose, USA

Register here, and use the code INNB to get a 30 percent discount on your registration.

Madrid Event
Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with Network Virtualization Europe
Date: May 29
Location: Meliá Avenida América, Madrid, Spain

Register here, and use the code Intel25 to get a 50 percent discount on your registration.



Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With 260 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Aparna Systems,* CPLANE Networks,* Nanjing Uspeed,* and PacketFront Software.* We also welcome Sprint* as the latest end user member.

To see all our ecosystem members, visit the Ecosystem Partners page and the End User Members page on our website.


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Introduction to the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Packet Framework

This article describes the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Packet Framework, which allows rapid prototyping of real-world packet processing workloads on multicore Intel® CPUs with great flexibility and performance. This framework is based on three DPDK libraries: librte_port, librte_table, and librte_pipeline.

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A Low-Latency NFV Infrastructure for Performance-Critical Applications

This article and paper describe how to characterize network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) latency and use optimization toolsets and fine tuning to achieve deterministic NFV performance in an open source infrastructure. Aligns with OPNFV* best practice for tuning Linux-based* KVM hypervisors.

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Using Open vSwitch* and DPDK with Neutron in DevStack

This tutorial shows how to use DevStack to configure a demonstration or test cluster for OVS-DPDK on OpenStack,* using the Neutron ML2/GRE Tunnel plugin.

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Technical Training

Platform Transformation for NFV and SDN (Santa Clara, CA)

In this talk, Ilango Ganga, a principal engineer at Intel, will illustrate the life of a packet through a typical NFV platform, from the physical infrastructure through to the heart of the application. Ganga will also discuss three pillars that underlie NFV: packet processing, security, and service assurance, each of which will require platform transformation. Finally, Ganga will highlight the tradeoffs involved in balancing the needs of performance and flexibility; a key part will be the interfaces between the virtual network function (VNF) and NFVI.

For information on this event and how to register, visit the event webpage.

Date: May 2
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: SC9-Auditorium, Garage B, 2250 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA



Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Summit (Bangalore, India)

This DPDK Summit will bring together telecommunications, data center, and enterprise networking industry leaders and technical experts from around the world to discuss and share the technical solutions for the efficient packet processing challenges in an open source community setting. Please register at www.dpdksummit.com to confirm your attendance. The attendance is free, but you need to be registered to attend.

For information on this event and how to register, visit the event webpage.

Date: April 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Bangalore



Webinar: Monitoring the NFV Infrastructure

As operators transition to NFV, monitoring solutions need to adapt. The classic model, based on hardware solutions, is not only challenged economically, but is also blind when it comes to monitoring traffic within the virtualization platform. In this webinar, Nicolas Bouthors, CTO at Enea* – Qosmos* Division, Sujata Tibrewala, Network Technology Evangelist at Intel, and Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE at Heavy Reading,* will discuss how operators can use flow-based monitoring, integrated in the NFV infrastructure, to enable key OSS/BSS functions such as service assurance and troubleshooting. Special attention will be given to implementations using open source software.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Publications

Virtual Security Gateways at Network Edge Are Key to Protecting Ultra Broadband Mobile Networks

Utilizing security gateways (SeGW) in every base station and small cell is the proven way to secure the network against hackers. But legacy gateways don't offer the performance or flexibility to scale for cost-effective deployment at a macrocell or at a small cell. Casa Systems* worked with Intel, Advantech,* and Wind River* to build a complete virtual SeGW system with the performance and flexibility for these edge locations.

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Clavister* Optimizes Its Security VNF for Performance Advantage

Security threats are pervasive, escalating, and continually morphing, and the pressure is mounting on mobile network operators (MNOs) to secure their networks and protect their consumers. With flexibility and scalability in mind, Clavister* has developed a virtual next generation firewall (vNGFW) that not only achieves flexibility and efficiencies expected from VNFs, but when paired with servers running Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Atom® processors, has very high throughput and excellent scalability, flexibility, and reliability for applications that depend on traditional hardware appliances.

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PoC Demonstrates Automated Assurance and DevOps in Service Chains and 5G Network Slices

To compete successfully in the market, communications service providers (CommSPs) must offer hyperscale, dynamic services that can be quickly configured and deployed while continuing to meet agreed-upon levels of service and security. Intel, Telenor,* Arctos Labs,* Netrounds,* and RIFT* constructed a proof of concept (PoC) demonstration that embodies management, orchestration, and testing in a virtual environment. The PoC shows automation of service validation and assurance with network orchestration and virtual test agents.

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VOLTE Orchestration and Validation Reference Architecture

As communications service providers (CommSPs) move to long term evolution (LTE) for data and IoT scenarios, successful voice over LTE (VOLTE) service deployment is emerging as a critical business necessity. Testing of VOLTE services in a virtual LTE mobile core network must take place across the entire service lifecycle, including evaluation, field-trial, commercial deployment, and optimization phases. Timely verification of these phases is vital to ensure scalability and interoperability. This document describes how verification can be achieved with TCS NFV Concerto* from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)* with integrated Brocade* virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), Metaswitch's* virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS), and Ixia's* IxLoad* Virtual Edition (VE).

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Social Hub

Social Hub

Catch Up with the Community on Social Hub

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit Social Hub. Recent contributions from our community have included podcasts from Argela Technologies,* VMware,* Verizon,* and Nokia.*

Don't miss these webinars from our ecosystem:

"Addressing Emerging Private LTE Opportunities with a Flexible Virtualized Solution," with Jennifer Pigg Clark, VP of Network Research at 451 Research,* and Douglas Ranalli, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at NetNumber,* on April 11 — Register Now

"Advanced SD-WAN Monitoring and Management," with Jeremy Rossbach, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager at CA Technologies,* and Timothy Diep, Director of Product Management at CA Technologies, on May 2 — Register Now

"What's New in OPNFV* Danube?" with Amar Kapadia, NFV Specialist at Mirantis,* and Serg Melikyan, Technical Customer Success Manager at Mirantis, on May 18 — Register Now



Join the Conversation on Twitter*

Intel® Network Builders offers a variety of online options for you to reach out to fellow ecosystem members between events. Follow @IntelNetwork on Twitter* or use the Intel Network Builders hashtag, #IntelBuilders.

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