The leading IoT software provider Wind River is teaming up with British Telecommunications (BT) on edge cloud computing to support the growth of 5G applications.
Typically, the computing power and capacity for 5G applications reside in data centers. But 5G applications like industrial IoT and autonomous driving need extremely low latency. Such applications require computing power and capacity to be close to the location of traffic generation.
This will increase the demand for diverse network locations, so that computing can happen closer to the 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.”
As a part of the partnership, Wind River and BT will work on a joint proof of concept (PoC). The PoC platform will feature Wind River’s deployment-ready virtualization software platform called Titanium Cloud, and a local traffic offload capability from Athonet. Athonet is a provider of software-based mobile core for voice and data networks that runs in cloud, virtualized or enterprise datacenter environments.
Wind River mentioned that the PoC platform will run on BT cellular base station. The joint initiative will be focused on use cases of 5G edge cloud computing, like next-generation connected automobiles, and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR).
“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.”
Wind River will demonstrate the joint PoC at SDN NFV World Congress 2018 (booth C7), Netherlands, from October 8-12.