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Telefónica: 1000 centrali diventeranno nodi Edge Computing nell'ambito del progetto OnLife

Open Source e open hardware, digital transformation della rete …

 

Telefónica is edging closer towards a distributed telco cloud with the deployment of disaggregated access network infrastructure and compute resources in a select number of its central offices across Spain, executives from the operator revealed this week.
The operator has been working for some time on a revamp of local exchange facilities, and the development of more efficient video and broadband service delivery, under a program called OnLife, which uses the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center) model as a guide.
Now, having conducted some tests with a small number of live customers from three OnLife Pods, including a central office in Madrid, the operator is ready to: Expand its rollout to additional central office facilities; deliver services from its open access 'CTpd' architecture to up to 500 paying customers; and begin the process of revamping 1,000 central offices to become edge computing hubs. (CTpd, by the way, stands for Central Telefónica de procesamiento de datos -- it sounds so much sexier in Spanish, right?).
The capex savings come from the modular design of the CTpd rack, which will be pre-integrated and pre-loaded with "open hardware… nothing proprietary," before being installed in the central offices, so that the rack needs only to be hooked up to the power supply and the transport network links. The rack comprises OCP servers and switches with 40 Gbit/s network interfaces and OCP xPON OLT (optical line terminal) units to provide fixed broadband services. "The 48-port GPON blades are very dumb boxes -- all the control is outside the box and it's very easy to program" using the ONF's vOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction) software to manage the virtual OLT VNF. "We are piggybacking on AT&T's work here," he added. (See AT&T Hits Milestone on Software-Defined Access).
Ready to plug and play.

 
 

Your smartphone could help to speed up cancer research while you sleep

Un primo esempio di Fog Computing (versione estrema del MEC che usa i terminali d'utente per fare elaborazione in rete) da Vodafone Foundation. Con il 5G il Fog Computing prenderà piede

 

A new research project aims to speed up the delivery of personalised cancer treatments by using smartphones to crunch data while their owners sleep. Researchers at Imperial College London are working with the Vodafone Foundation to recruit people to donate the power of their smartphones and run a simple app, which can help to carry out research overnight.
The project will harness the processing power of thousands of smartphones which, when combined, can analyse huge volumes of data in less time than it would take a supercomputer, and at a fraction of the cost of Cloud computing platforms.
Smartphones contain a huge amounts of computing power needed to run everything from e-mail to music and video streaming apps, but they are mostly dormant while users plug in their phones to charge overnight.
Users download the DreamLab app onto their phone and run it for six hours overnight as the phone charges. While they sleep, the app downloads a small bite-sized packet of data - roughly 5 MB in size - and uses the phone's processors to run millions of calculations, before uploading the results and clearing the data.
Ultimately, using this mobile Cloud-based computing approach could drastically reduce the time taken to analyse such vast amounts of data. A desktop computer with an eight-core processor running 24-hours a day would take 100 years to process the data. But a network of 100,000 smartphones running six hours per night could do the job in just three months.

 

Internet a 60 Gbps su coassiale ( Industry Already Hyping DOCSIS 4.0 or 'DOCSIS dot Next')

Anche i cable isp si rendono conto che se non offriranno velocità superiori al 10 Gbps non saranno, almeno come "narrazione" , competitivi con il 5G che farà anche 10 Gbps

 

The telecom industry hasn't even fully implemented DOCSIS 3.1 and gigabit speeds yet, and the faster upstream speeds are also still waiting in the wings courtesy of the looming full duplex upgrade. But the sector is already on to the next big thing: DOCSIS 4.0. Speaking at an industry even this week, Cox exec Jeff Finkelstein hinted at the next step in DOCSIS technology he affectionately referred to as "DOCSIS 4.0" or "DOCSIS dot Next.  Ideally, this could help the industry push cable broadband speeds to the 30 to 60 Gbps range in late 2020's.

 

No Brasil, redes 3G podem ser desligadas antes das 2G

Anche in brasile il 3G sarà dismesso prima del 2G

 

Com cerca de 30 milhões de aparelhos celulares ainda com acesso 2G, a plataforma de segunda geração tem um papel ainda mais importante no mercado de telecom, uma vez que os dispositivos M2M (máquina a máquina) se conectam por meio desse sistema. Esse é um desafio considerável quando o País acelera o debate sobre o desligamento das redes 2G e eleva algumas apostas de que a terceira geração pode ter seu final antecipado antes mesmo que a segunda chegue ao fim.

 

Cloud, IoT, AI

 

 

TIBCO e Amazon Web Services break performance record: 100.000 server in parallelo!!

Oltre 1.3 milioni di core, cioè come 100.000 server, in parallelo su AWS per una singola elaborazione ... impressionante esempio su una struttura cloud

 

TIBCO Software Inc., a global expert in integration, API management, and analytics, has issued the record-breaking results of its large-scale computational tests. The tests utilized both TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer on Amazon Web Services (AWS), revealing an exceptional capacity to perform risk calculations across 1.3 million computer cores - a result never before recorded.
By employing TIBCO GridServer on AWS, customers can take advantage of on-demand Cloud computing with an almost infinite capacity for computation-intensive applications. For example, the GridServer software can turn risk reports for stock traders from a six to eight-hour process to a 15-minute intraday cycle, enabling traders to make more educated decisions.  more info in the white paper.

 
 

French tire manufacturer Michelin, together with compatriot IoT connectivity provider Sigfox and Argon Consulting, has launched a new solution for tracking sea-freight containers

Come sempre la Francia fa sistema ...

 

The new tracking solution provides freighters with a real-time geolocation service of their containers from the initial warehouse to the final point of delivery, Sigfox said. The new tool will also provide alerts about delays and ensure appropriate transport conditions.
“Michelin has decided to develop this solution for its customers and its global inbound supply chain. Our pilot experiences and further investigations have convinced us that achievable gains could reach up to 10% reduction of the on-sea inventory, 40% increase in Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) accuracy, and dividing by 4 inventory ruptures caused by exceptional events like weather critical conditions thanks to real time management of the relevant inventory”.

 
 

Qualcomm focuses on cognitive intelligence to coordinate AI research

Anche Qualcomm, come altri, centralizza R&D e la focalizza su AI

 

In a week where Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Intel are all holding simultaneous artificial intelligence (AI) developer conferences, Qualcomm announced the formation of a dedicated AI research organization aimed at coordinating the company’s R&D efforts. Although the move does not mark Qualcomm’s foray into AI research — it claims to have been working on AI for more than 10 years already — the move should help to focus the company’s efforts on exploring the full spectrum of how AI can be integrated across its product lines.

 

Publicis Groupe has unveiled its much-anticipated AI-powered platform for powering 80.000 employees

Publicis è un gigante con 80.000 dipendenti, questo sistema basato su AI è un enorme incrocio tra un knowledge management (con suggerimenti su tutti i documenti di progetto in azienda), la social intranet (per trovare e comunicare con le persone, cercare aiuto da colleghi che non si conoscono nemmeno) e time-project management (per la gestione degli impegni e del tempo). Sempre se funziona come nelle demo!

 

Marcel's brand identity was designed by BBH Singapore
In June last year, Publicis shocked the industry with a declaration that it would be pulling its marketing and awards budget for a year to invest in Marcel. 
Despite some internal outcry, Carla Serrano, chief strategy officer at Publicis Groupe told Campaign that the decision was in truth a response to the demands of the group’s 80,000 employees following a "big group talent survey".
The new generation of talent wants to be able to "work the way they live" with the convenience of a few clicks of a smartphone. But the way they worked at the agency group had changed little in the past decade.
So this was a much-needed "reinvention", Arthur Sadoun, chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe, said in a statement about the launch of Marcel.
Publicis’ aspirations for Marcel are for the platform to grant every employee access to the "power of 80,000".
The first few functions introduced are centred around "opportunity, productivity, connectivity and knowledge".
In terms of opportunity and connectivity, Marcel will provide multiple ways each employee can contribute to ongoing projects or pitches. These individuals will either be found and recommended by the AI, or they will be able to pitch ideas. Marcel will also have access to employees’ calendars and will be able to make recommendations that take the person’s workload and availability into account alongside behavioural patterns, needs, desires and experience.
"It’s about engagement, versus compliance," Nick Law, chief creative officer of Publicis Groupe told Campaign. "You get energy and creativity out of engagement. The app should engage people and make their jobs better so they naturally want to use. If it’s not doing that, then we need to get on it."

 

Marcel will debut as a mobile application for Android and iOS, but future versions will include a desktop version and other interfaces as needs arise

 

Content and Services

 

 

Macron riceve la Silicon Valley per fare della Francia l’hub europeo dell’Innovazione e investe 1.5 Mdi€su AI

Fa il paio con IBM che apre in Francia per AI; 1.5 miliardi di €da Macron per AI

 

Emmanuel Macron lo aveva detto e promesso già nella sua campagna elettorale per le presidenziali francesi del 2017 dell'intenzione di investire sull'innovazione con un piano di investimenti di 10 miliardi di euro e ora, a distanza di poco, quell'idea comincia a prendere forma.
Macron passa ora ai fatti, concreti, invitando nella sua residenza presidenziale, il Palazzo dell'Eliseo a Parigi, più di 50 CEO di colossi tech che appartengono alla Silicon Valley, per un pranzo i lavoro "Tech for Good", prima dell'apertura del salone dell'innovazione "Viva Technology 2018". Il digitale e l'innovazione erano due punti cardini del programma presidenziale di Macron  Ricevendo personaggi come Ginni Rometty, CEO di Ibm, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO di Facebook, Satya Nadella, CEO di Microsoft, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO di Uber la visibilità al suo progetto di far diventare la Francia il vero hub dell'Innovazione in Europa non è certo mancata.
"Tech for Good" è stata l'occasione per incontrare le personalità e le aziende che fanno innovazione per far passare il concetto che la tecnologia deve essere ad uso e consumo di tutti, nessuno escluso. Ma è stata l'occasione anche per affinare la strategia e quindi puntare tutto sull'Intelligenza Artificiale, su cui Macron ha deciso di investire 1,5 miliardi di euro entro il 2022. E le aziende convocate all'Eliseo faranno molto di più, portando azioni concrete che permetteranno alla Francia di crescere, dal punto di vista dell'Innovazione e dal punto di vista economico, con crescita in termini di posti di lavoro e in termini di Prodotto Interno Lordo (PIL).

 

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo hits Mach 1.9 in second successful test flight

Un passetto verso lo spazioporto che Virgin vuole costruire in Puglia

 

Virgin Galactic is celebrating a successful second test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-powered passenger spacecraft that may someday take tourists to the edge of space. Today’s test took the VSS Unity, the second craft built in this class, up to 114,500 feet and Mach 1.9, or nearly 1,300 miles per hour.
Unity’s first powered flight was less than two months ago, which was itself the first powered flight Virgin Galactic had attempted since the fatal breakup of the company’s previous SpaceShipTwo-class spacecraft, Enterprise, in 2014

 
 

Orange to showcase the power of VR at Roland Garros

Un progetto molto ricco e strutturato

 

In collaboration with the French Tennis Federation, Orange will offer spectators to take part in an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experience…
In collaboration with the French Tennis Federation, Orange will offer spectators to take part in an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experience, that will allow attendees to compete on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Through the use of a VR headset, tennis fans can compete against a holographic competitor. The game promises to be among the most realistic simulations available to date.
The Holotennis matches can also be viewed on tablets within the stadium that will utilise a range of AR features to demonstrate the possibility of future sport broadcasting, incorporating stats and figures into the live action.
Fans will also be able to take virtual reality tours of the stadium using VR headsets. As Roland Garros is currently undergoing a facelift, the VR tours will allow users to see what the stadium will look like once the renovation work has been completed.
Orange will also use Edge Video Analytic technology to measure crowd numbers on each of the courts, in real time. This is made possible through the use of live smart cameras and the local processing of images within the mobile network. This technology is expected to enhance the spectators' experience by reducing waiting times to access the courts.

 

Comcast lancia un servizio con cui i clienti possono comprare biglietti del cinema con comandi vocali dati alla TV

Comandi vocali contestalizzati sui contenuti… interessante

 

Comcast’s Xfinity and Fandango businesses today announced a unique integration that gives movie fans the ability to find local showtimes and movie tickets right on their television.   
X1 customers who watch the latest Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer on Xfinity On Demand will receive an on-screen notification prompting them to say “Get tickets” into their voice remote (or press the info button on the remote) to initiate the online ticket-buying process. From there, they’ll be able to review a list of showtimes at nearby theaters. Customers can opt to send the local showtimes to their mobile phone to complete the purchase via Fandango’s mobile app or website.

 
 

Capitalizzazione in borsa: Netflix supera Comcast (il più grande broadcaster) e Disney

Potere dell'online ... accelerazione incredibile quest’anno

 

After a 4% bump on Wednesday, Netflix stock reached a total market cap of $149 billion. That officially made Netflix worth more than Comcast for the first time ever this week, as the one-time pesky upstart cements its position as one of the biggest TV providers in the world. Netflix's new market cap comes in just under Disney’s market cap of $153 billion, a mark Netflix is expected to surpass before long. 

 

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