Wind River and Intel partner on 5G vRAN
Wind River and Intel have announced the joint development of a 5G vRAN solution.
The offering will integrate Intel FlexRAN reference software for systems powered by 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration, and features Intel Ethernet 800 Network Adapters and the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 with Wind River Studio.
The partnership will optimise new capabilities with future next-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Sapphire Rapids. The joint solution builds on work by Intel and Wind River on Verizon’s 5G project to complete an end-to-end fully virtualised 5G data session.
“As 5G opens up new opportunities across industries, there will be an increasing need to put greater intelligence and compute to the edges of the network, where new use cases evolve and thrive. As such, operators must adopt a low-latency far-edge cloud architecture to enable these new use cases in an intelligent, AI-first world,” said Kevin Dallas, president and CEO at Wind River.
“Together with Intel, we are providing a best-in-class differentiated solution to help customers deliver on high-reliability, ultra-low-latency, and highly efficient offerings for their next-generation networks.”
Wind River Studio delivers a cloud-native platform mission-critical intelligent systems. Its cloud infrastructure capabilities include a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes container-based architecture based on the StarlingX open source project for distributed edge networks at scale.
In turn, Intel FlexRAN is a vRAN reference for virtualised cloud-enabled radio access networks. With it users will be able to review evaluation packages consisting of Intel FlexRAN reference software pre-integrated with Wind River Studio to simplify and accelerate customer trials and deployments of 5G vRAN.
“As operators realise the benefits and embrace a virtualised, software-defined architecture, our products, ecosystem, and years of experience help accelerate this shift to flexible, agile networks,” said Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president and general manager, Network Platforms Group.
“Working closely with innovators like Wind River, we offer operators a path to fast-track successful vRAN deployments with validated hardware and software that can accelerate their 5G objectives.”