Intel Shannon is at the forefront of network development as we move from the traditional network topology of vertically integrated boxes to networking functions running within virtual machines on standard high volume servers. This allows communication service providers to benefit from of Moore’s law are in the same way that the cloud service providers have been doing, with the help of Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies.
In particular, SDN separates the control plane from the data plane, allowing flexible bandwidth re-allocation and controllable routing.
NFV, meanwhile, allows network functions to be run in virtual machines on standard high volume servers, instead of on custom hardware appliances for each network function. This gives the network service provider the ability to deploy network functions in real time from any location within the cloud platform. Leading to a more efficient usage of resources. The goal with both SDN and NFV is to control the network logically, with software, minimizing hands-on work with those network devices.
These advantages are reshaping the telecommunication industry and enhancing the future of the mobile network. The other major network technology on which Intel Shannon is working is 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networking. As mobility evolves beyond the smartphone, 5G is becoming one of the most impactful technology transformations we are likely to see in our lifetime. It will deliver next-generation experiences including autonomous driving, smart cities, the Internet of Things, smart homes and VR.
The 5G era is about a fantastic, flexible network that will connect everything to everything, and everybody to everything.
At Intel Shannon many of our Engineers are already working on accelerating the 5G Future. This is why Intel Shannon Engineers are working to transform the network, accelerating the path to 5G in collaboration with our customers and partners in the industry. This isn’t about the mobility of the past. This is about architecting the future.