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PANTHEON.tech @ MWC 2019 in Barcelona

PANTHEON.tech‘s Denis Rasulev visited Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. Here are his thoughts on the event.

I was thrilled to visit MWC from the beginning. Such a huge and renowned event always shows the latest tech not only in the mobile sector. This years themes and keywords could be summarized to three cores: 5G, IoT & AI.

First of all, I would like to point out how well the event was organized. I was greeted with my badge right at the airport, with directions towards the conference being provided by helpful volunteers. After settling in Barcelona, I set off to start my day early and arrive at the MWC at 8 AM.

I soon regretted being an early bird, since most booths were closed at this time and most presenters were just settling in. The Fira Gran Via, designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, was monumental and emphasized the futuristic approach of the conference. Saying the venue was monumental is an understatement – I was only able to visit 2/3 of all booths on the first day. In total,

I have made 89,109 steps throughout MWC 2019.

Themes @ MWC 2019

Some booths were both impressive and beautiful, either taking up several hundred square-meters of space. Some booths even had two floors, just to underline the massiveness of the event. The venue was packed with attendees since morning, but it was easy to talk to presenters and orientate in each pavilion.

With each day and conference, we can feel that 5G is coming closer to consumers and real-life deployment. What seemed like a wild, unreal idea a few years ago is now on the way of dictating the future of each new technology. I saw remote road assistance which was possible due to lightning-fast 5G utilization. Healthcare could become fully automated or remotely controlled. Again, this is due to 5G coverage.

I am glad, that PANTHEON.tech is making sure to stay on point of this revolution and keep up.

The future of our industry

There were prototypes of robots, which would make coffee shops with humans obsolete. It would take your order via voice recognition and prepare your order. Another robot has perfectly built paper-planes with inhumane precision. Some of these products seemed like a toy for playing around. But we have to remember that this is what makes greatness – testing, thinking out-of-the-box and creating a functional concept. It was wonderful to see, that startups had an opportunity to also present themselves. Not only to attendees, but to potential investors as well.

I held the future in my hands, in form of the Barefoot Networks’ Toffino 2 chip. I was able to see the first functional, foldable phone by Samsung. But most importantly, I was able to see how the future will be shaped in the coming years.

MWC is a must-go, powerful event with great networking opportunities. Trust me, you want to be there. In the future, I will definitely require a larger team to cover more ground at the next Mobile World Conference. Hopefully, PANTHEON.tech will see you there!

PANTHEON.tech @ 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Lisbon

I was sent to Lisbon by PANTHEON.tech, in order to attend the annual 2020 Vision Executive Summit. Here are my experiences and insights into this event.

The 2020 Vision Executive Summit, presented by Light Reading, was focused mainly on the pending revolution of 5G networks, automation, Edge Computing, IoT, security, etc. It hosts a variety of vendors and service providers, who provide insights into the telecom industry’s current trends and emerging topics.

Themes of the summit

In case of 5G, we have seen a huge opportunity in discussing PANTHEON.tech’s future involvement and plans in this revolution. The challenges surrounding 5G were discussed by industry leaders with hands-on experience. This was beneficial, since we were confronted with the harsh reality of 5G. Due to it being a technology in-progress, many questions are still open. What will be the use-cases? What should we prepare for and when?

Nobody really knows how it may turn out, when it will become widely available for consumers, or if the world is even prepared for it. But it was a great opportunity to meet the people, whose bread and butter consists of building the future 5G network. It was an invaluable experience, to see a realistic view from industry-insiders and their perception of the future. It was a collective of equally-minded individuals and companies in the fields relevant to PANTHEON.tech’s vision.

Another heavily discussed topic was security. While it is no secret that technology is successfully becoming an important part of our lives. Companies have to heavily rely on a defense against potential security threats and cyber attacks. Panels were held regarding the importance of security measures in expanding networks and the need for flexible and agile security solutions.

Subsequently, Edge Computing, which brings the distribution of data closer to the consumer, was also mentioned and discussed, in regards to its vulnerabilities and future. In this case, it was said with certainty that if you are the type of parent that plans your child’s future for them, make them study cyber security. The investment will return sooner than you could imagine.

Our experience at the summit

Our vision in attending this summit was to find out, if this summit is the right fit for us (spoiler alert – it was) check on the newest trends in our field and in which direction are they developing. The discussions were open and involved the real thoughts and views, without the PR and marketing stuff.

Lisbon is an interesting city, since it is more hidden from the eye of a classic tourist. It reminded me, in a way, of San Francisco. This was mainly due to trams riding uphill and the many uphill roads one has to take, in order to get somewhere. It was surprising though, that the city is making it a point to keep the original architecture of the city in tact and without major reconstructions.

As for the venue itself, the Intercontinental Hotel in Lisbon was nothing short of wonderful. Another highlight was the gala dinner. It was the perfect opportunity for casual networking, in the pompous and spectacular setting of Palacio de Xebregas. I have also experienced my first tuk-tuk ride, where I had to consider whether my life was worth the visit.

In conclusion – it was. I am looking forward to the new business-partners and connections PANTHEON.tech has made at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit.


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Meet Martin Varga – PANTHEON.tech @ ONS 2018

Martin Varga represents PANTHEON.tech as the Technical Business Development Manager and is responsible for the growth of the company’s business portfolio and goal to establish new partnerships. Martin has over two decades of professional experience in marketing, sales management, and international business development fields.

He has acquired many titles in his long career, ranging from Artist Manager to COO. He is an excellent negotiator and peoples person.

Recently, Martin had started to be very interested in the Hi tech business, especially in the networking field, which is on the rise nowadays and will be for the next decades. He quickly got absorbed in the networking field and discovered his new passion. Hence he accepted the challenge and is using all his previously acquired experience to expand the business development for PANTHEON.tech.

Connect with Martin via his LinkedIn.

Martin will be available to establish new business relationships with international partners and to discover new market share. He will be representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which will take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam.

Join Martin at PANTHEON.tech’s booth #14 in the event possibly to shake hands into a partnership which will last.

lighty.io runs 5G on xRAN

In April 2018, the xRAN forum released the Open Fronthaul Interface Specification. The first specification made publicly available from xRAN since its launch in October 2016. The released specification has allowed a wide range of vendors to develop innovative, best-of-breed remote radio unit/head (RRU/RRH) for a wide range of deployment scenarios, which can be easily integrated with virtualized infrastructure & management systems using standardized data models.

This is where PANTHEON.tech came to the scene. We became one of the first companies to introduce full stack 5G compliant solution with this specification.

Just a few days spent coding and utilizing the readily available lighty.io components, we created a Radio Unit (RU) simulator and an SDN controller to manage a group of Radio Units.

Now, let us inspect the architecture and elaborate on some important details.

We have used lighty.io, specifically the generic NETCONF simulator, to set up an xRAN Radio Unit (RU) simulator. xRAN specifies YANG models for 5G Radio Units. lighty.io NETCONF device library is used as a base which made it easy to add custom behavior and 5G RU is ready to stream data to a 5G controller.

The code in the controller pushes the data collected from RUs into Elasticsearch for further analysis. RU device emits the notifications of simulated Antenna Line Devices connected to RU containing:

  • Measured Rx and Tx input power in mW
  • Tx Bias Current in mA (Internally measured)
  • Transceiver supply voltage in mV (Internally measured)
  • Optional laser temperature in degrees Celsius. (Internally measured)

*We used device xRAN-performance-management model for this purpose.

lighty.io as a 5G controller

With lighty.io we created an OpenDaylight based SDN controller that can connect to RU simulators using NETCONF. Once RU device is connected, telemetry data is pushed via NETCONF notifications to the controller, and then directly into Elasticsearch.
Usually, log stash is required to upload data into Elasticsearch. In this case, it is the 5G controller that is pushing device data directly to Elasticsearch using time series indexing.
On Radio Unit device connect event, monitoring process automatically starts. RPC-ald-communication is called on RU device collecting statistics for:

  • The Number of frames with incorrect CRC (FCS) received from ALD – running counter
  • The Number of frames without stop flag received from ALD – running counter
  • The number of octets received from HDLC bus – running counter

*We used xran-ald.yang model for this purpose.
The lighty.io 5G controller is also listening to notifications from the RU device mentioned above.

Elasticsearch and Kibana

Data collected by the lighty.io 5G controller via RPC calls and notifications are pushed directly into Elasticsearch indices. Once indexed, Elasticsearch provides a wide variety of queries upon stored data.
Typically, we can display several faulty frames received from “Antenna Line Devices” over time, or analyze operational parameters of Radio Unit devices like receiving and transmitting input power.
Such data are precious for Radio Unit setup, so the control plane feedback loop is possible.

By adding Elasticsearch into the loop, data analytics or the feedback loop became ready to perform complex tasks. Such as: Faulty frame statistics from the “Antenna Line Devices” or the  Radio Unit operational setup

How do we see the future of xRAN with lighty.io?

The benefit of this solution is a full stack xRAN test. YANG models and its specifications are obviously not enough considering the size of the project. With lighty.io 5G xRAN, we invite the Radio Unit device vendors and 5G network providers to cooperate and build upon this solution. Having the Radio Unit simulators available and ready allows for quick development cycle without being blocked by the RU vendor’s bugs.

lighty.io has been used as a 5G rapid application development platform which enables quick xRAN Radio Unit monitoring system setup.
We can easily obtain xRAN Radio Unit certification against ‘lighty.io 5G controller’ and provide RU simulations for the management plane.

Visit lighty.io page, and check out our GitHub for more details.

Meet Robert Varga – PANTHEON.tech @ ONS 2018

Robert Varga is PANTHEON.tech’s  Chief Technology Officer who has almost two decades of Information Technology Industry experience ranging from being a C code monkey, through various roles in telecommunications’ IT operations to architecting bleeding edge software platforms.

Robert has a deep expertise in Software Defined Networking, its applications and the OpenDaylight platform.

Within those decades, some of the technologies he had experience are: C/C++, Java, Python, various UNIX-like systems and database systems.

Robert has a very strong background in design, development, deployment, and administration of large-scale platforms with the primary focus on high availability and security.

Robert has been involved in OpenDaylight from its start, architecting, designing and implementing the MD-SAL. He is the most prolific OpenDaylight contributor and a member of the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee, representing kernel projects. His code contributions revolve around key infrastructure components, such as YANG Tools, MD-SAL and Clustered Data Store. He also designed and implemented the first versions of the BGP and PCEP plugins.

 

Source: Bitergia Analytics

Until today, Robert Varga had made 11,368 commits in 66 ODL projects over the course of ODL’s lifespan. That is 621,236 added and 524,842 removed lines of code and that translates roughly around 12 great novels written in </code>. ODL continues to be a great example of what an open-source software is and how international contributors can collaborate beautifully to create the next great thing.  There are currently only 13 TCLs in ODL who help steer the project forward and lead the ODL to be the most successful SDN controller in the world. He is proudly one of the ODL Technical Steering Committee Members and a committer to a range of projects.

The all-time top contributor of ODL  Robert Varga, Chief Technology Officer of PANTHEON.tech makes the company proud to be among the top contributor of such innovative, successful project.

Robert shares the PANTHEON.tech’s ambition to create the biggest and most successful open-source Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller in the world.

Robert will be available to share his deep expertise in the field and representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which will take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam.

Join Robert at PANTHEON.tech’s booth #14 in the event to get a glimpse of the Software Defined Networking future.

 

Meet Štefan Kobza – PANTHEON.tech @ ONS 2018

 

Štefan Kobza is Chief Operation Officer at PANTHEON.tech with almost two decades of professional Information Technology industry experience.

He started his career as a software developer and built his way up. Štefan has worked on different projects ranging from developing proprietary code for major networking vendors to rating and billing services mainly in computer networking and telecommunication industries. All of his coding experiences helped Štefan to understand his game and stay on top of the projects he is involved and for PANTHEON.tech’s current customers to provide the highest quality engineering services.

Štefan has taken part in the process of defining some IETF RFCs ¹ ², which was an experience on its own.

Lately, he had developed a special interest for open-sourced projects and its communities.

Understanding the daily life of a software developer, Štefan helps in building an ever growing and ever improving environment that helps PANTHEON.tech provide the highest quality engineering services.

You can find his published articles and activities on his LinkedIn profile.

Besides leading day-to-day business in PANTHEON.tech, Štefan also watches closely the development around OpenDaylight, OPNFV, ONAP, FD.IO, Sysrepo, Contiv, Ligato, and others.

Find Štefan representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor, at booth #14 in the Open Networking Summit Europe to exchange ideas and to get a glimpse of the Software Defined Networking future.

Save the date and get your tickets. #ons2018, Amsterdam Sep 25-27

Meet Juraj Veverka – PANTHEON.tech @ ONS 2018

Juraj Veverka is PANTHEON.tech’s Technical Leader and Solution Design Architect who has over 15 years of technical experience. Juraj has a deep expertise in design and implementation of Software Defined Networking applications using the OpenDaylight platform. Some of the technologies he uses from his toolbox are Java, Python, JEE7, SpringBoot, GRPC, OpenDaylight, ONAP, Yang, Netconf, Restconf, OpenFlow, BGP, FD.io, C/C++, HTML.

Juraj has a Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Zilina, Slovakia. Juraj shares the company’s mission to create the best development stack for SDN applications and has a passion for Java and embedded platforms.

You can find his published articles on his LinkedIn profile and see what he is working on, on GitHub.

Juraj will be available to share his deep expertise in the field and representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which is going to take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam.

Find PANTHEON.tech at booth #14 in the event to get a glimpse of the Software Defined Networking future.

Meet Miroslav Miklus – PANTHEON.tech @ ONS 2018

Miroslav Mikluš is the vice president of engineering department at PANTHEON.tech.

Since he has had graduated from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Miroslav had almost two decades of Information Technologies experience mainly in the Slovak Republic tech companies with titles as Director of Engineering, Head of Information Technology Services division, Senior Technical Leader, etc.

He started his career as a software developer and had climbed many steps of the tech industry to reach where he is now.

Miroslav has helped to develop and deliver dozens of successful software developments and integration projects mostly for the computer networking industry.

He loves to play basketball and running.

You might remember him from the last Open Networking Summit North America with his presentation named ‘Ligato as a Golang integration platform of a BGP daemon with VPP.”

Miroslav will be representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which is going to take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam. Be sure to be there to meet with him in person in PANTHEON.tech’s booth #14 or the on 5k Fun Run on September 26.