Intel, 5G and open source pave the way to networking’s future


Every new computer technology worth mentioning involves communication. That means networking, and network standards hammered together in the ancient past aren’t up to the demands of future networks.

The latest network standard 5G promises better speed and more data, but the industry hasn’t yet come to an understanding of what 5G means to everyone, according to Sandra Rivera, corporate vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel Corp. A rollout is still some years away. However, companies are laying the groundwork.

“5G is happening now,” Rivera told host Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick) and guest host Scott Raynovich (@rayno) of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile live-streaming studio, during the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.

Matching the network to the use case

To get the 5G ball rolling, Intel is working with a broad ecosystem of partners, Rivera explained. Although the industry hasn’t yet nailed down the full specs for this new technology, many expect true 5G devices to appear around 2019.

The networking infrastructure must be in place to support those devices before they hit the market. This calls for a new sort of infrastructure, one that embraces server volume economics and cloud architectures. The idea is to compose the network to fit the use case, Rivera stated.

Intel plans to play a major role in the change to 5G. Intel is a part of the infrastructures, the access points, the edge and even the core of the network, Rivera mentioned. The industry giant also powers most of the world’s cloud infrastructure.

“Intel’s strategy for 5G is end to end,” Rivera said.

One part of this push comes in the form of the Data Plane Development Kit. This offers a set of drivers to run high-performance data processing on general computers. Intel has contributed this kit to open source through The Linux Foundation. Intel believes the DPDK will be a building block for networks into the future, Rivera explained.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Open Networking Summit.

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