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

What's New?

Intel® Xeon® D-2100 Processor Extends Intelligence to Edge

Last month Intel introduced the new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor architected to address the needs of edge and other data center or network applications constrained by space and power. The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor extends the outstanding performance and innovation of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform from the heart of the data center to the network edge, where communications service providers face the need to continuously grow performance and capacity without increasing power consumption.

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Intel® Network Builders University Announces Virtualized Network Operations Training

The Intel Network Builders University is excited to announce the addition of the new Virtualized Network Operations Training Program. There are three new courses in the program to bolster your knowledge on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). Learn more about the new courses and the value they provide.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Operations: In this course, you will get an introduction to virtualized networks, virtualized network functions (VNFs), and VNF Descriptors. You will also learn about network services, network service descriptors, and lifecycle management.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) Operations: Learn about SDN principles and operations in this new course. You will learn about yang and netconf for SDN as well as SDN in wide area networks.

Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) on OpenStack*: In this course, you will get an introduction to OpenStack as a platform and the available performance options. This course will also provide a practical network service example.

The Intel Network Builders University has over 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.

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.

Please take a look, and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.



NFV Steps to the Edge with Intel® Architecture: Next Generation Central Office

In their search for greater flexibility, new business models, and lower costs, communications service providers (CoSPs) continue to adopt software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). SDN and NFV, in turn, are driving a significant change in the CoSP's approach to edge evolution of the traditional central office. This white paper describes how and why CoSPs are transforming their edge networks to Intel® infrastructure, allowing them to deliver increased service velocity with excellent flexibility and efficiency.

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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 Aarna Networks, Inc.,* Azcom Technology,* Beamr,* Calsoft Inc.,* Dali Wireless,* JMA Wireless,* and Verizon Digital Media Services.*

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


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

See New Features in the DPDK 18.02 Release

The latest DPDK release, 18.02, was completed on February 14 and is now available for download from DPDK.org. The release contained 1,315 patches from 145 contributors, making it the second-largest-ever DPDK release. Major new features include a baseband device API (bbdev) to support wireless accelerators such as turbo encoding/decoding, an adaptive virtual function (AVF) PMD that provides a consistent interface to future generations of NICs from Intel® Ethernet 700 Series network adapters onwards, a new ordered packet distribution library (OPDL) PMD under the eventdev API that provides an efficient mechanism for packet distribution, changes to support live migration from vhost-net to vhost-user, and a new DPDK build system using the meson and ninja tools.

Learn More in the Release Notes




Towards Achieving High Performance in 5G Mobile Packet Core's User Plane Function

This joint white paper from Intel and SK Telecom* presents architecture for a user plane function (UPF) in the mobile packet core (MPC) targeting 5G deployments. Based on current results, telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) can leverage learnings from this prototyping work to optimize and further develop solutions for high-performance commercial grade implementations.

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Quanta* Tests Autoscaling Capability of Intel® Rack Scale Design

In tests conducted by Quanta Cloud Technology* and Intel, the QCT Rackgo R* demonstrates 7-minute instantiation of virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) based on workload demand. The demonstration shows the impact the prototype Intel® Rack Scale Design autoscaling feature can have in building agile networks.

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Dynamic Device Personalization for Intel® Ethernet 700 Series

The Intel® Ethernet 700 Series network adapters enable dynamic device personalization (DDP). This article shows how to program and configure DDP profiles using the DPDK, with the GTPv1 profile as an example.

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Introduction to Intel® QuickAssist Technology Virtualization Use Case

This video provides an introduction to the virtualization use case with Intel® QuickAssist Technology software.

Watch the Video



An Interactive Demo of the Next Generation Infrastructure Core Reference Implementation

Use Docker* containers to configure the Next Generation Infrastructure Core (NGIC) EPC reference implementation from OpenCORD.org.* Launch sample traffic and view packet flow using this interactive demo article.

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Register Now for the DPDK Summit Bangalore

The first DPDK Summit of 2018 will cover the latest developments on the DPDK framework and their application to a variety of industry segments, including telecom, cloud, enterprise, and security. The event enables the DPDK open source community to share information on DPDK usage and implementation; to hear from DPDK developers, contributors, and users; and to build the DPDK community. The summit schedule and additional information can be found at dpdk.org.

Date: March 9
Location: Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore



Apply Now for a DPDK Hands-On Lab in Bangalore

In this hands-on lab, attendees will learn what is new with DPDK and how it is used in other projects such as FD.io,* Kata Containers,* and multi-access edge computing (MEC). They will log on to servers with the latest Intel® Xeon® processors and follow along as instructors give step-by-step instructions. These labs are designed to give a head start in the latest technology in virtualized packet processing.

Attendance is by application only. The event team will review your application and notify you if it is approved. Your spot at the DPDK Lab is not confirmed until you receive an email from Intel indicating acceptance of your application. Click here to apply.

For more details on this lab and updates to the agenda as well as other local events related to DPDK and SDN/NFV, please join the Bangalore Meetup Group.

Date: March 10

Apply Here




Out of the Box Network Developers Events

Future Network Technology Meetup in Nanjing, China

The first network technology meetup in 2018 organized by Intel and SDNLAB* will focus on technologies such as Hyperscan, DPDK, and NFV. For the full agenda, visit the event website.

Date: March 17

Register Here



Santa Clara Out of the Box Network Developers Meetup

Attend the March 20 meetup to learn more about packet processing, DPDK, and OpenStack.* There will be three separate tracks covering topics such as DPDK, Intel® Select Solutions, dynamic device personalization (DDP), Istio,* and many others. For a full list of topics and to RSVP, go to the March Meetup: DPDK, Packet Processing & OpenStack meetup page. If you also register on the Eventbrite* page, you'll be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire!*

Date: March 20

Event Website



London Out of the Box Network Developers Meetup

Mark your calendars for April 16. The Out of the Box Network Developers team is working with the OpenDaylight*/SDN group for a meetup in London. Stay up to date on the details by checking the Out of the Box Network Developers London Meetup page.



Network Developers Webinar Series: "Flexible Support for New Protocol Processing with DPDK Using Dynamic Device Personalization"

Dynamic device personalization (DDP) allows a DPDK application to enable identification of new protocols without changing the hardware. To address this new feature, a new capability has been enabled on the Intel® Ethernet 700 Series network adapters. This webinar will provide details on how to take advantage of this new capability, including a live demo.

Date and Time: March 28, 8 am Pacific time
Presenter: Brian Johnson, Solutions Architect for Ethernet Networking Division at Intel

Register Here


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Publications

Ericsson* Micro Data Centers Let Mobile Network Operators Deploy Cloud Services

Ericsson* Blade Server Platform 8100 with compute nodes based on the Intel® Xeon® D-2166 processor offers expanded compute power and networking capability to mobile network operators creating next-generation services.

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Fortinet* and Intel: Innovating with Visionary Security Technologies and Solutions

Through the Fortinet* FabricReady Technology Alliance Partnership Program, Fortinet and Intel are collaborating to enable innovative and high-performance security solutions. The architectural approach of the program will connect Fortinet solutions based on Intel technology into a unified framework, allowing for dynamic adaptation to the evolving IT infrastructure.

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JMA Wireless'* XRAN* Reinvents In-Building Mobile Connectivity

Using off-the-shelf Intel® processor-based server technology, JMA Wireless'* XRAN* software delivers a complete, scalable, and elastic cell system for edge connectivity, solving in-building and venue challenges. This exciting new solution for the network edge was announced at last week's Mobile World Congress.*

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Ixia,* Rebaca* Help China Mobile* Speed VoLTE Service Validation

In this case study, Ixia* (a Keysight* business) and its partner Rebaca* developed an automated test system that has helped China Mobile* to dramatically reduce the testing time needed to validate production VoLTE services.

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Kapsch CarrierCom* and Advantech* Use NFV to Deploy Universal CPE

Kapsch CarrierCom* and Advantech* have developed a comprehensive network customer deployment solution leveraging software contributions from an ecosystem of software vendors, including Intel® Network Builders ecosystem members Cloudify,* Fortinet,* OneAccess,* and VeloCloud.*

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NextGen* Scales VoIP Session Border Controller Using DPDK

NextGen's* NXB5000 is an NFV-based all-software SBC that has solved its session scalability challenge by implementing DPDK software for a dramatic increase in the number of sessions it can support

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The Evolution of Edge Computing

An ABIresearch* analyst worked with Intel to highlight the changing nature of edge computing. This paper highlights the advantages of edge computing and covers network deployment.

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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 Ericsson* and Dell EMC.*

Don't miss these recent and upcoming webinars on the Intel® Network Builders webinar channel:

"Transformation from Legacy to Software Defined Networking," with Henrik Johansson, VP SDN & Data Center at PacketFront Software* – Watch Now

"Building Efficient 5G NR Base Stations with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors," with Daniel Towner, System Architect for Wireless Access at Intel Corporation – Watch Now

"Flexible Support for New Protocol Processing with DPDK Using DDP," with Brian Johnson, Solutions Architect at Intel, on March 28 – 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. You can also follow industry leaders from Intel via their Twitter handles.

– Sandra L. Rivera, Vice President and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group – @SandraLRivera

– Caroline Chan, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, 5G Infrastructure Division – @CarolineChan5G

– Dan Rodriguez, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division – @drod2000

– Lynn Comp, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Visual Cloud Division – @comp_lynn

– Renu Navale, Senior Director, Network Industry Enabling, Network Platforms Group – @RenuNavale

– Rajesh Gadiyar, Chief Technology Officer, Network Platforms Group – @rgadiyar

– Bryan Madden, Director of Marketing, Network Platforms Group – @maddsey

– Allyson Klein, Director of Marketing, Data Center Group – @TechAllyson

– Chandresh Ruparel, Director of Ecosystem Strategy and Intel® Network Builders – @ChandreshR01

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