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Wind River, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, & Intel Deliver 5G vRAN

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5G, in the popular imagination, is primarily about mobile devices, video streaming, and gaming—all thanks to low latency and high bandwidth. However, the technology is expanding into nearly every sector, providing the foundation for a diverse range of applications. Autonomous vehicles, robotics in manufacturing and warehouse management, military technologies, medical devices, and more will depend on 5G to create and expand access and capabilities. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, 40% of all mobile subscriptions—3.5 billion—will be for 5G services by 2026. 5G will account for 80% of North American mobile subscriptions. Also by 2026, according to the report, the internet of things (IoT) will account for 26.9 billion connections.¹ This is tomorrow's world, but that tomorrow is not far off. This is why providers are rushing to virtualize network functions, to migrate infrastructure to distributed cloud platforms, and to provide more services at the network edge. Tomorrow's world will not work on yesterday's technology, and tomorrow's technology requires investment. Controlling costs is another key consideration in building out the 5G network. The only way upgrading and reengineering processes to support 5G can be economically favorable is by keeping operating expenses (OpEx) and capital expenses (CapEx) within the mobile network operator's (MNO's) budgetary realities. Economies of scale are critical in a network that is expected to add millions of new cell towers and billions of new devices. A virtual radio access network (vRAN) architecture strategy is a key to cost- effective agility within 5G environments because the RAN can be up to 80% of the cost of a mobile network.² But the RAN can also be a very challenging workload for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server platforms. Intel® architecture-based servers offer the performance, but optimal performance comes when a system is tuned—from the accelerators to the BIOS, firmware, operating system, and virtualization stack. This provides the performance needed to meet the real-time needs of the application, while reducing the system integration required. Wind River designed its cloud native Wind River Studio to be cost optimized for edge deployments such as the vRAN workload. The HPE DL110 server was also specifically designed and optimized for Open RAN deployments using 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors along with several acceleration offload options. Together, these Intel® Network Builders ecosystem partners are collaborating with the network equipment providers (NEPs) to validate their respective vRAN software stacks on this Wind River and HPE platform solution. Table of Contents Wind River Studio: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Closer Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Open RAN Optimized . . . . . . . . . . . . HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen 10 . . . . . . . Plus Telco Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Intel® Select Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . for vRAN on Wind River Studio . . . 3 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Wind River Studio and HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus servers, based on Intel® architecture technology, combine to make a powerful platform for 5G virtualized radio access networks (vRAN). Wind River, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, & Intel Deliver 5G vRAN Mobile Network Operators Virtualized Radio Access Networks White Paper

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