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Ericsson and NVIDIA collaborate to accelerate virtualized 5G radio access networks with GPUs

October 22, 2019 / Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and NVIDIA, the leader in accelerated computing, today announced they are collaborating on technologies that can allow communication service providers to build high-performing, efficient and completely virtualized 5G radio access networks (RAN). These virtualized networks can enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services. The collaboration brings together Ericsson’s expertise in RAN technology with NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics processing unit (GPU)-powered accelerated computing platforms, as well as AI and supercomputing. Communication service providers are exploring alternative technologies and RAN architectures amid growing interest for virtualization, while securing the best possible user experience. A major industry challenge is how to virtualize the complete RAN solution in a cost-, size- and energy-efficient way, comparable with traditionally built RAN networks. The collaboration seeks to examine how these challenges can be addr...