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

What's New?


Save the Dates for Upcoming Intel® Network Builders Events

In April and May, Intel® Network Builders will be hosting a series of events for our ecosystem partners and end users. Watch your inbox for invitations, including agenda details and registration instructions:

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

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

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



Intel® Network Builders University Continues Growth at First Anniversary

Intel® Network Builders University is celebrating the first anniversary of its launch this month. Just one year in, the program has over 60 available courses across nine programs with new courses being added each month. At this milestone, we encourage you to explore the university to improve your skills across a variety of topics.

The first program content in the Spanish language is releasing this month. These are translations of currently available courses in the university. If you or someone you know is a Spanish speaker, please check out the translated material here. The following courses are offered in Spanish:

- NFV & SDN Essentials Series (6 courses)

- SDI Vision (1 course)

- Network Transformation (1 course)

- vE-CPE Solution Program (4 Courses)

In addition to the translated material, there are three new DPDK courses covering a variety of new topics.

- Vector Packet Processing (VPP) – This new course provides guidance on how to build and install VPP.

- Testing DPDK – Learn to test DPDK features and performance with TestPMD.

- DPDK in a Box – Find out what DPDK in a box is and how it can help you as a developer.

Members of the Intel® Builders programs have access to these new courses and all Intel® Builders University training material. To access the material, simply log in to the member portal with existing Intel Builders program credentials and click on the University tab. Those who are not members of an Intel Builders program can create an account here. Please take a look, and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.



New Intel® Products Will Support the 5G-ready Network

Just before Mobile World Congress, Intel disclosed the new Intel® Atom® processor C3000 series as part of a broader announcement of new products supporting the development of a 5G-ready network. The new Intel Atom processors are low-power systems on chips (SoCs) that can bring intelligent processing in a small footprint to the edge of the network. These SoCs offer OEM customers tremendous performance/power choices—from 2- to 16-core versions, and from 8.5 W to 32 W versions. These performance choices offer a lot of processing power and throughput for network, storage, and IoT devices.

In addition, the Intel Atom processor C3000 series offers the Intel® QuickAssist Technology for up to 20 Gbps encryption and compression throughput—an upgrade from the previous generation of the Intel Atom processor C2000 family, which offered encryption technology, but no compression. Using the Intel QuickAssist Technology gives algorithm acceleration where workloads need a high level of encryption for applications, like 5G base stations that reside at the edge of the network.

Since the Intel Atom processor C3000 is an SoC, traditional IO functions that are found in chipsets are directly integrated into the processor. For networking applications, there are four integrated 10 Gb Ethernet ports that can also be configured as 1 Gb Ethernet ports for lower bandwidth applications. For storage applications, there are 16 SATA 3.0 ports, which makes this SoC ideally suited for cold-storage applications. And since the lowest-power version operates at 8.5 TDP, it can be designed into form factors that have only passive heat dissipation technology.

Another important improvement over the Intel Atom processor C2000 product family is that the current version supports Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel® VT-d), which gives programmers the flexibility to get the performance of multiple virtualized applications running on the same hardware. For emerging applications such as micro customer premises equipment (uCPE), this capability offers network operators a tremendous amount of flexibility in deploying new virtualized network functions that then are bundled into customer-specific network services—in a "pay as you go" business model.

These processors are sampling now, with production availability in mid-2017. Many Intel® Network Builders are developing OEM and ODM solutions based on these processors, which you can check out in the coming months.



Livecasts from Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress, Intel conducted a variety of live interviews with Intel® Network Builders members and technology leaders. They discussed diverse topics from the conference, including 5G and network transformation. Listen to the discussions from Day 1 and Day 2 of the event.



Deploying NFV in an Ecosystem Framework

NFV is evolving quickly, and at Mobile World Congress four leaders in the NFV space came together to discuss the progression of the network virtualization space. This panel discussion features Sanjay Bhatia, VP of Solutions Marketing and Strategy at GENBAND;* Charlie Ashton, Director of Business Development at Wind River;* Rajesh Gadiyar, Senior Director of Architecture and Systems Engineering at Intel; and Anshu Agarwal, Head of Solutions and Partner Development at HPE.*

Watch the Video



Intel Leaders Discuss the 5G Revolution

In conjunction with Mobile Word Congress, members of Intel's leadership discussed how the 5G revolution will shape the network of the future.

"Transforming 5G Network Edge – More Power, Performance, Intelligence," by Sandra Rivera, Corporate Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group – Read Now

"Driving Down the Road to 5G at MWC," by Dan Rodriguez, Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Communications Infrastructure Division – Read Now

"5G Unleashes New Business Opportunities," by Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Communications Service Providers Business Acceleration Team in the Network Platforms Group – Read Now

"The Big Winners at the 2018 Winter Olympics: 5G and NFV," by John Healy, Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Data Center Network Solutions Group, and Caroline Chan, Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division – Read Now




Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 250 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Bai Cells, MSI, and Polywell Computers. We also welcome Saudi Telecom Company (STC) 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

White Paper: High Performance Packet Processing on Intel® Architecture Platforms: Brocade* 5600 vRouter

A big question in the transition to NFV systems is whether the new systems can perform at the same level as the dedicated appliances they replace. This test report documents the performance obtained by running the router functionality of the Brocade* 5600 vRouter in a virtual environment on a dual-socket Intel® Xeon® processor–based server. The parameters used (number of routes, next hops) as well as the traffic pattern are fully described in this document.

Read the Paper



White Paper: NUMA-Aware Hypervisor and Impact on Brocade* 5600 vRouter

Many papers characterizing virtual network functions (VNF) performance use only one socket of a dual-socket commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server. In some cases, both sockets are used independently by two VNFs. This document shows how a Brocade* 5600 vRouter can be used on a dual-socket commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server, in cross-socket full-mesh traffic configurations. It highlights the impact of non-uniform memory access (NUMA) on the performance of VNF applications, using a Brocade vRouter. It shows the importance of a NUMA-aware QEMU and the influence of QPI.

Read the Paper



Open vSwitch* with DPDK Overview

This article presents a high-level overview of Open vSwitch* with the Data Plane Development Kit (OvS-DPDK)—the high performance, open source virtual switch—and links to further technical articles that dive deeper into individual OvS-DPDK features. This article was written for users of OvS who want to know more about DPDK integration.

Read the Article



Analyzing Open vSwitch* with DPDK Bottlenecks Using Intel® VTune™ Amplifier

This article is primarily aimed at development engineers working on high-performance computing applications. We will show an example of how we used Intel® VTune™ Amplifier to detect a performance bottleneck in Open vSwitch* (OvS) with Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). We will also describe how we addressed this performance issue.

Read the Article



Build and Test a Simple NFV Inter-VM Use Case with OvS-DPDK

This series provides a simple overview of the Data Plane Development Kit, demonstrates the steps to run Open vSwitch with DPDK, how to run a TestPMD application, and the tools and ways to trace packets' statistics that are forwarded in OvS-DPDK.

Watch the Video Series



Technical Training

NFV/SDN Concepts and Overview of ONOS*

This event is the first Meetup for Out of the Box Network Developers Portland! It will include time for networking followed by overviews of NFV, SDN, and Open Network Operating System (ONOS). The presenters will talk about their experiences with deployments, running the technologies, favorite flavors of vendors, and more.

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

Date: March 28
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Hillsboro, OR



Enabling Virtualization in SDN and NFV World on Intel® Architecture

This event is the first Meetup for Out of the Box Network Developers Ireland!

Networking has been traditionally entrusted to customized ASICs and vertically integrated software solutions on top of these customized boxes. Virtualizing network functions on industry-standard, high-volume servers based on Intel® architecture brings its own challenges. This meet up will focus on giving the attendee a flavor of some of the tools and technologies being developed by the industry and Intel to resolve some of these issues.

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

Date: March 29
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Shannon, Ireland



Cloud Networking Deep Dive

This talk provides an in-depth look at Google Cloud Networking,* what's under the hood, the benefits it delivers, and real world GCP customer stories. It will be presented by Prajakta Joshi, a product manager at Google focused on delivering cloud networking products to scale, secure, and simplify your Google Cloud Platform deployments.

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

Dates: April 6
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Santa Clara, CA



Webinar: Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) 16.11 and 17.02 New Features

This webinar 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.

Watch Now


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Publications

Towards 5G – RAN Virtualization Enabled by Intel and ASTRI*

Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) is a centralized, cloud-based new cellular network architecture that can be adopted by mobile network operators (MNOs) to improve the quality of service with reduced capital expenditure (CAPEX), operating expenditure (OPEX), and energy consumption. ASTRI* has developed a flexible, scalable, and high-performance virtualized C-RAN solution to fulfill the demanding requirements of MNOs.

Read the Paper



Lagopus* Software Switch Helps CommSPs Meet SDN Requirements

Lagopus* is a new open source SDN software switch. Because it fully conforms to OpenFlow* switch specification 1.3, including the CommSP network protocol handling, multi tables, group tables, QoS functions, and more, its applications can be expanded to data center, CommSP, and enterprise networks.

Read the Paper



Lanner* and Intel Demonstrate NFV Network Security Performance

Network security is such a critical function that CommSPs want to ensure that virtualized network security services offer the same performance and functionality as their legacy network counterparts. Recognizing this customer requirement, Lanner Electronics* partnered with industry leaders to assemble components of a network security solution to demonstrate how this technology can be integrated to meet the needs of CommSPs.

Read the Paper


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 Fortinet, Nokia, and Verizon.*

Don't miss these webinars from our ecosystem:

"vCPE Solution: A Software Defined Virtualization Platform for Diverse Networking," with Subhas Mondal, DMTS, Chief Architect at Wipro,* and Karuppusamy Marappagounder, Principal Architect at Wipro, on March 9 — Register Now

"F5 Herculon Security Overview," with Joe Peck, Director of Product Management- Access at F5,* and Renuka Nadkarni, Director of Product Management- Application Protection at F5, on March 7 — Watch Now

"The Internet of Talk – Strategies to Monetize VoLTE," with Victoria Ann Araujo, Director of NFV Partner Marketing, HPE;* Shubh Agarwal, Senior VP of Strategic Marketing, Metaswitch;* and Kelsyn Rooks, Director of Solutions Marketing, Metaswitch — Watch Now

"Can Telcos Take Advantage of the Disruptive Digital Economy?" with Ian Hood, Chief Architect at Red Hat;* Larry Horner, Solution Architect at Intel, and Mike Keohane, Principal Architect, Cisco Systems* — Watch 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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