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Altera joins industry-supported, open platform for NFV

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? NFV? data centre? FPGA? OPNFV?

Altera has become a member of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a community-led, industry-supported, open-source reference platform for network function virtualisation (NFV). The OPNFV aims to speed up the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing modern NFV.

NPV uses IT virtualisation technologies to virtualise entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may be connected, or chained, to create communication services. Altera will join working groups inside the OPNFV to expand the use of FPGA accelerators in virtual machines running different software and processes on top of industry-standard, high-volume servers, storage and cloud computing infrastructure.

FPGAs act as accelerators by offloading compute workloads, using less power than general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) and central processor units (CPUs), which helps data centres run cooler. FPGA- and SoC-based solutions are already accelerating servers in the data centre in search and convolutional neural networks applications.

Initial interest in working with the OPNFV has come from the network service provider community, including OPNFV founding members AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, among others. In addition, other industries such as the financial services industry, large enterprises and cloud service providers are showing interest as their needs for NFV.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe





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