Intel and VMware announces collaboration on integrated software platform for virtualized RAN to accelerate LTE and future 5G networks

Intel | August 07, 2020

Today, Intel announced they are collaborating on an integrated software platform for virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks. As communications service providers (CoSPs) evolve their networks to support the rollout of future 5G networks, they are increasingly adopting a software-defined, virtualized infrastructure. Virtualization of the core network has already enabled CoSPs to improve operational costs and bring services to market faster. This expanded collaboration between Intel and VMware aims to offer CoSPs reduced development cycles and scale across multiple designs.

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Conceptually, virtualization is the capability of a device to host one or more virtual machines (VMs) that each behave like actual independent machines with their own operating system (OS), all running on the same underlying device hardware. In regard to GPUs, this means the capability to support multiple concurrently running operating systems, each capable of submitting graphics workloads to the single graphics hardware entity. GPU virtualization is now a must-have for a range of next-generation applications, from automotive, to consumer electronics, to the IoT. GPUs that implement hardware virtualization can provide isolation between the various applications/OSs for increased security, as well as maximum utilisation of the underlying GPU hardware.

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Conceptually, virtualization is the capability of a device to host one or more virtual machines (VMs) that each behave like actual independent machines with their own operating system (OS), all running on the same underlying device hardware. In regard to GPUs, this means the capability to support multiple concurrently running operating systems, each capable of submitting graphics workloads to the single graphics hardware entity. GPU virtualization is now a must-have for a range of next-generation applications, from automotive, to consumer electronics, to the IoT. GPUs that implement hardware virtualization can provide isolation between the various applications/OSs for increased security, as well as maximum utilisation of the underlying GPU hardware.

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