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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    JANUARY 2018
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What's New?

What's New?


2018—A Year of Continuing Momentum in the Network Transformation Journey

As we venture into a new year, it is only natural that we look back into 2017 and take account of the many accomplishments our growing family of partners has been able to achieve. The Intel® Network Builders program, forged from the desire to refine and improve collaborations across the globe with like-minded organizations, achieved tremendous traction in the past year and has worked to deliver our industry much closer to a transformed network.

Our victories are the result of the hard work of hundreds of individuals from innumerous organizations. Together we accelerated solutions into market to overcome roadblocks, and we envisioned the potential of a world that is more interconnected, a world where an exponentially growing amount of data is not seen as a challenge, but as an opportunity. As a vibrant ecosystem, we fostered collaborations and invested in the innovation necessary to bring us results and uncharted potential well into 2018.

Let us then look at this new year with refreshed eyes, ready to continue our work and build upon our victories.

Wishing you a very happy new year,

The Intel Network Builders Team

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Intel® Network Builders University Introduces Courses on Machine Learning

The Intel® Network Builders University had a productive year in creating new and relevant content for ecosystem partners and end users to accelerate network transformation. We now have more than 100 courses available across four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese). Check back with the University regularly to see the new educational content being added each month.

This month's new content:

The online portion of the university is available to all Intel® Network Builders program members and the public through a simple registration here. 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. Registrants have access to all of the content in the three learning centers.

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Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 275 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Blockbit,* 128 Technology,* and Sedona Systems.* We also welcome new end user member Hughes Network Systems.*

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




DPDK 17.11 Released

DPDK 17.11 was successfully released live in November and is now available for download from dpdk.org. The release contains a number of significant enhancements, including network interface controller PMDs, new APIs, cryptodev enhancements, eventdev enhancements, new libraries, and more. The release contained 1,376 patches from 141 different authors. The full feature list is available in the Release Notes.

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Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel® Data Center Block for Networking – NFVI Server Block

With the global network functions virtualization (NFV) market projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42 percent, reaching $15.5 billion by 2020, a massive market opportunity exists. To make it easier to design and deploy network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) optimized systems, Intel has developed the new NFVI Server Block. Optimized to deliver exceptional performance for NFVI workloads, these pre-integrated, fully validated server systems reduce the complexity involved in designing and testing for the unique needs of NFVI.

Intel will host a webinar titled "Simplifying and Accelerating Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure" on February 1 at 8 am PST to dive deeper into this solution.

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Out of the Box Network Developer Day

In 2017, the Out of the Box Network Developers continued to grow, reaching a community of more than 1,600 SDN and NFV developers! The first meetup of 2018 will be a day where the tables are turned and developers can discuss their latest projects. Sanjit Dang, venture capitalist at Intel Capital, will be on hand to hear ideas and give feedback. If you have a networking project that you'd like to share, please contact us.

Date: January 24
Location: Santa Clara, CA

For the latest information on this and future meet ups, go to the Out of the Box Network Developer Meetup page. If you're not already a member of the Out of the Box Network Developer Meetup group, join now to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.

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Use Intel® QuickAssist Technology Efficiently with NUMA Awareness

Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) delivers high-performance encryption and compression. Learn how to configure your Intel QAT driver to take advantage of your system's NUMA topology.

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Get Started Using the DPDK Traffic Management API

Learn about the new traffic management (TM) API in DPDK 17.08. Features include hierarchical scheduling, traffic shaping, congestion management, and packet marking. The TM API is a generic interface for QoS TM configuration of devices such NICs, NPUs, ASICs, and FPGAs. A typical DPDK function call sequence is provided to help you get started using the API.

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Watch Fall 2017 VNF Next Virtual Conference Sessions on Intel® Developer Zone

The first Out of the Box Network Developers Meetup virtual conference was a success, with three tracks and more than 20 presentations. Now you can view keynotes and presentations by industry experts on VNF containers, 5G, and IoT and platform optimizations on demand.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Publications

Veryx* Launches Virtual Service Assurance Using Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

New service assurance test tools are essential to measuring NFV quality of service. vProbes from Veryx* Technologies running on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors feature scalability, performance, and features to provide visibility for virtualized networks. Veryx vProbe works as a component of Veryx SAMTEST* and Veryx RETINA* products for benchmarking, active performance monitoring, activation testing, and diagnostics for traditional IP and Ethernet networks and those based on NFV and SDN.

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Parallel Wireless,* Ice Wireless* Boost Arctic Wireless Service

For some rural communities in arctic Canada, terrain and weather are primary impediments to infrastructure development, and therefore, for the availability of mobile and Internet access. Ice Wireless* deployed innovative technology by Parallel Wireless* that leverages Intel® processors and system on chips (SoC) in order to cost-effectively provide radio access network (RAN) solutions delivering 3G and 4G/LTE services to previously underserved communities.

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128 Technology,* Lanner,* and Intel Deliver Next-Gen SD-WAN

Branch office communication networks are changing to deliver cloud services for workers. Communications service providers can meet these needs with SD-WAN services powered by Session Smart Routing technology from 128 Technology* running on Intel® processor-based white box servers from Lanner.*

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Big Switch* Delivers Next-Gen Monitoring for Security

Big Switch Networks* has developed a next-generation network packet broker (NPB), called Big Monitoring Fabric.* Big Monitoring Fabric leverages its SDN controller appliances that are powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, and its service node appliances based on the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), to provide advanced packet broker functions.

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Ecosystem Updates

Advantech* Ups Edge Cloud Storage Capacities

Advantech* recently introduced the MIC-8304S, a new cloud controller blade for its Packetarium XLc* high-density edge computing platform enabling faster storage for next generation, low-latency edge applications. The enhanced platform offers a compact, rugged, and reliable solution for fast and secure Internet of things (IOT) data collection coupled with edge analytics in private cloud networks such as industrial plants, airports, and large vessel, freight, or cargo centers.

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AvidBeam* Demonstrates Extensible Video Analytics Platform at CES

AvidBeam* will be at booth 51841 at the Eureka Park area for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 9 to 12. AvidBeam will demonstrate their groundbreaking extensible video analytics platform ATUN* that can scale video content over computer vision maps with proper schedulers and resource managers over the cloud. The goal is to deliver computer vision services to customers in select industrial sectors including security, retail, manufacturing, consumer, or automotive in the most scalable way and using the most feasible amount of resources.

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Netaş* and ZTE* to Co-establish a GSM-R Center of Excellence

Netaş, a provider of systems integration in Turkey and internationally, and its major shareholder ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications, enterprise, and consumer technology solutions, will establish a GSM-R Centre of Excellence at Netaş in 2018. Netaş and ZTE will cooperate on the GSM-R R&D activities and integrate their GSM-R solutions in the EMEA region and Central Asia. The products and solutions that the new GSM-R Center of Excellence will focus on include railways signaling solutions, communications networks and data products, transmission networks, and grid meters.

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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 Red Hat,* Openet,* Nokia,* Ericsson,* and Affirmed Networks.*

Don't miss this webinar from our ecosystem:

"Protecting Your Blind Spots with Radware's Alteon & Intel® QuickAssist Technology," with Boaz Avigad, Director of Technical Marketing at Radware, on January 16 – 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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