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Monday, October 08, 2018

Wind River shows edge computing for 5G on BT basestation

By Nick Flaherty

Wind River has been working with UK telecoms provider BT on edge cloud computing applications at the basestation rather than the data centre. 

It has developed a proof of concept platform with an edge cloud compute node using the Titanium Cloud virtualization platform running on a BT cellular basestation, with the local traffic offload capability coming from Athonet, a software-based mobile core provider. 

5G applications will require locating compute power and capacity close to where the traffic originates, whereas application logic has traditionally resided in the data centre. However, 5G applications such as those for autonomous driving or Industrial IoT, where physical controls require extremely low latency, will demand diverse network locations for their logic. In these cases, computing will often need to happen much closer to the end device.

“5G will demand ultra-low latency and dynamic compute architectures for the cloud,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for Telecommunications at Wind River. “Wind River provides a flexible and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be deployed at any network location. In order to successfully meet changing market needs, it is important to work with leading operators who, like BT, are uniquely positioned to deploy cloud compute at the right edge locations to support growing 5G applications.”

“The rise of Edge Cloud Compute will require flexible cloud infrastructure and the deployment of dynamic applications wherever and whenever they are needed. BT’s network is evolving to meet these demands,” said Maria Cuevas, head of mobile core networks research at BT. “BT is working with industry partners like Wind River to tackle the technical challenges around Edge Cloud Compute and develop solutions that meet customers’ future needs.”

The proof of concept highlights multiple 5G edge cloud computing use cases, including those for next-generation connected automobiles and also for augmented/virtual reality:
• Remote vehicle control for traffic/route management
• Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication for collision avoidance
• Augmented reality for multi-person sessions without gameplay disruption

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