"The scars" and "that horrible world" are some of the terms for network management, according to one who's been in the trenches. Kailem Anderson was with Cisco Systems for 12 years prior to joining fiber-optics giant Ciena last year. As vice president of portfolio and engineering for the Blue Planet, a software division of Ciena, he is trying to help avoid such pain for those who must keep networks running. "I managed customer networks, and I spent a lot of time hiring analysts to watch the network, to watch alarms, and to build big strings of rules," for networking monitoring, says Anderson. His breezy Aussie accent gives a certain lightness to what sounds like a rather miserable affair.
There's plenty of speculation around how 5G will impact our daily lives -- from enabling self-driving cars to seemingly instant downloads. But we might learn how it will impact cows before most humans put it to the test. In southwest England, 50 dairy cattle are now wearing high-speed smart collars that control robotic milking systems. It's both a way to test 5G's potential in agriculture and to publicize one of Cisco Systems Inc.'s rural network trials. More importantly, it's an opportunity to see how 5G might transmit data between sensors faster than a rural broadband connection.
The insatiable appetite for higher throughput and lower latency – particularly where edge analytics and AI, network functions, or for a range of data center acceleration needs are concerned – has compelled IT managers and chip makers to venture out, increasingly, beyond CPUs and GPUs. The "inherent parallelism" of FPGAs (see below) to handle specialized workloads in AI- and HPDA-related implementations has brought on greater investments from IT decision makers and vendors, who see increasing justification for the challenge of FPGA programming. Of course, adoption of unfamiliar technologies is always painful and slow, particularly those without a built-out ecosystem of frameworks and APIs that simplify their use. Why are FPGAs bursting out of their communication, industrial and military niches and into the data center? Partly because of the limits of CPUs, which have their roots on the desktop and were, said Steve Conway, senior research VP at Hyperion Research, never really intended for advanced computing.
Verizon said Wednesday it had turned on its ultrafast 5G wireless network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, though it will be available only to certain subscribers who pay a fee and own a compatible smartphone. The move makes Verizon the first wireless carrier in the United States to flip the switch on speedy, smartphone-ready 5G service in select urban areas, the company said in a statement, though other U.S. carriers including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to do the same in the coming months. The service Verizon is offering -- 5G, the fifth generation of wireless data networks -- could provide consumers Internet speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G networks, according to an industry trade association. Through the placement of small boxes that serve as conduits for invisible, data-transmitting radio waves, 5G networks could power a wide range of consumer devices, from smartphones that can stream Netflix videos more quickly to enabling the arrival of self-driving cars. The promise of faster speeds and more reliable connections has generated a full-on race between AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, the country's four largest carriers, to see who can offer service first (and capture new consumers and their cash in the process).
Virgin Media is the worst broadband provider in the UK for leaving customers without internet, according to new research. The publication of the research comes amid another major outage of Virgin Media TV services across the UK. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view. Virgin Media customers reported problems with their TV on Thursday.
Verizons 5G lab is creating new and innovative ways to take advantage of the speed of 5G. Sure, the next generation of wireless will bring you faster phones, smarter tech and seamless services. But could 5G also make your privacy vulnerable? While you often hear that 5G promises to eventually rev-up health care, self-driving cars, virtual reality, even entire "smart" cities, what you don't hear quite as often is how it raises the stakes on privacy and security. "5G implies faster speeds for good guys and for bad guys," reminds Galina Datskovsky, CEO of Vaporstream, a secure messaging company in Chicago.
Verizon's move into new cities is an attempt to entice wireless customers with the ultrafast speeds and low latency connections that 5G promises. The technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for more seamless streaming of videos and lightning-fast response times from self-driving cars. But while innovations in 5G technology are happening in several places in the United States, there isn't an existing network that's widespread enough to benefit the majority of wireless customers right away. The transition from 4G to 5G networks in the United States won't be widespread until 2020, and will involve infrastructure upgrades that cost companies billions of dollars. It will also require lots of testing.
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Gartner has ranked AI as its most transformative trend for 2019. If you're not already focusing on AI as part of your strategy, now is the time to start. Forget about self-driving cars and Siri for a moment. AI's immediate impact on your business comes from the ability to apply it to countless business processes, across startlingly different areas of workplace operations, from the office to the factory floor. For example, at Cisco we're already using it to optimise our procurement, and through our Mi-Idea innovation centre, we've shown how AI machine vision can verify whether employees are wearing the right safety gear in the industrial workplace.
The GSMA today reported that more than 109,000* visitors from 198 countries and territories attended MWC19 Barcelona, the mobile industrys premier event. More than 55 per cent of this years MWC attendees held senior-level positions, including 7,900 CEOs. There were 3,640 international media and industry analysts at the event to report on the many significant industry announcements. Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that MWC19 will have contributed approximately ‚ 473 million and more than 14,000 part-time jobs to the local economy. Today we celebrate another highly successful MWC Barcelona, which brought together attendees, governments and regulators across the global ecosystem, spanning multiple sectors and reflecting the expanding role of mobile connectivity, said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd.