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PANTHEON.tech @ Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai

PANTHEON.tech visited Shanghai last week to attend the third annual Huawei Connect. Martin Varga shares some insights from the event.

Activate Intelligence

This year’s theme was Activate Intelligence. Huawei outlined its broad strategy to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the masses in applications in manufacturing, autonomous driving, smart cities, IoT and other areas. AI will enable billions of new devices to be connected and transfer big data over the network.

The conference was held in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center. Huawei has put a lot of resources and effort into organizing the event which has shown its direct impact on over 26,000 in the attendance. The conference was organized perfectly, to the last detail (exhibition areas, keynotes and conference area, chill-out zones, etc.).

We have witnessed the demonstrations of various smart technologies, ranging from smart city applications, smart education, smart transportation. Smart everything.

One of the most impressive technology demonstrations was an AI that was able to translate Chinese to English and vice versa, as good as a human translator could. Microsoft in cooperation with Huawei states:

“Internal tests have shown, depending on the language, up to a 23 percent better offline translation quality over competing best-in-class offline packs.”

Huawei is also building an AI ecosystem of partners, that is targeted to exceed 1 million developers over the next three years with US$140m. 

Networking

We have had some interesting meetings with Huawei’s representatives. It was very pleasant to learn about Huawei’s visions for the near future. We are also glad to share the same vision for an exciting future. Huawei invests heavily into researching new technologies such as AI or IoT, in order to define practical use-cases that can be deployed into their product’s portfolio.

PANTHEON.tech, as a software development company, is strongly focused on computer networking which is related to the Huawei’s vision to integrate AI into managing network operations.

Mr. Yang Jin  Director, Network Data Analytics Research  Huawei Technologies Co., stated: 

“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will abstract data to make next-generation communication breakthroughs come to life.”

Feel free to contact PANTHEON.tech if you have interest in any of the AI, AR/VR, IoT, Intent Driven Network, SDN, NFV, Big Data, and related areas. We can talk about challenges and how we can solve them together.

Martin Varga

Technical Business Development Manager

FRINX UniConfig is now powered by PANTHEON.tech’s lighty.io

What is lighty.io?

lighty.io is an SDK that provides components for the development of SDN controllers and applications based on well-established standards in the networking industry. It takes advantage of PANTHEON.tech’s extensive experience from the involvement in the OpenDaylight platform and simplifies and speeds up the development, integration, and delivery of SDN solutions.

lighty.io also enables SDN programmers to use ODL services in a plain JavaSE environment. lighty.io enables a major OpenDaylight distribution vendor to build and deploy their applications faster.

FRINX UniConfig

FRINX UniConfig provides a common network API across physical and virtual devices from different vendors. It leverages an open source device library, which offers connectivity to a multitude of networking devices and VNFs.

The API provides the ability to store intent and operational data from services and devices, enables to commit intent to the network, syncs from the network so that the latest device state is reflected in the controller, compares intended state and operational state and provides device and network wide transactions. All changes are applied in a way that only those parts of the configuration that have changed are updated on the devices.

The UniConfig framework consists of distinct layers, where each layer provides a higher level of abstraction. APIs of the lowest layer provides the ability to send and receive unstructured data to and from devices. The unified layer provides translation capabilities to and from OpenConfig. The UniConfig layer provides access to the intent and the actual state of each device plus the capability to perform transactions and rollback of configurations.

NETCONF devices can be configured via their native YANG models or via OpenConfig. Finally, FRINX UniConfig also provides service modules based on IETF YANG models for the configuration of L2VPNs, L3VPNs and enables the collection of LLDP topology information in heterogeneous networks.

The UniConfig Framework is based on open source projects like OpenDaylight and Honeycomb. It publishes all translation units under the Apache v2 license. Customers and integration partners can freely contribute, modify and create additional device models, which work with the UniConfig Framework.

How did PANTHEON’s lighty.io help?

PANTHEON.tech’s lighty.io helped to make UniConfig run and build faster.

Porting UniConfig to lighty.io required no changes to the application code and has brought many measurable improvements. UniConfig now starts faster, has a smaller memory footprint, and most importantly – significantly reduces build time.

lighty.io packs many features, some of which are:

  • Client libraries for communication with ODL back end for Java, Python, and Golang
  • Enhanced NETCONF device simulator
  • Microservice friendly structure
  • Easy to use utilities for YANG model data serialization and deserialization
  • Example applications for integration with vertx.iospring.io and others which enable your productivity
  • Inclusive of maintained examples and guides so the newcomers can start working immediately and be efficient

About FRINX  

FRINX offers solutions and services for open source network control and automation. The team is made up of passionate developers and industry professionals who want to change the way networking software is created, deployed and operated. FRINX offers network automation products and distributions of OpenDaylight and FD.io in conjunction with support services. They are proud to count service providers and enterprise companies from the Fortune Global 500 list among its customers.

About PANTHEON.tech 

PANTHEON.tech is a software research & development company focused on network technologies and prototype software. Yet, we do not perceive networks as endless cables behind switches and routers. For us, it is all software-defined. Clean and neat. Able to dynamically expand and adapt according to the customer’s needs.

We thrive in a world of network functions virtualization and arising need for orchestration. Focusing on SDN, NFV, Automotive and Smart Cities. Experts in OpenDaylight, FD.IO VPP, PNDA, Sysrepo, Honeycomb, Ligato and much more.

 

lighty.io core becomes Open-Source

PANTHEON.tech, the proven supporter of open-source software and its communities, and leader in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the OpenDaylight (ODL) platform, decided to open-source the core components of the current go-to SDN controller development kit: lighty.io.

Last Open Networking Summit, USA witnessed the announcement of lighty.io. This ONS will be the place where all OpenDaylight users will remember.

Today, PANTHEON.tech continues to push forward the open-source community projects and its commercial applications developed on open-source software, especially the lighty.io core.

What is lighty.io?

lighty.io journey started when we realized the way to move the upstream project to the direction we envisioned was to provide a solution rather than talk about it. Therefore we’ve focused on a solution of the biggest pain point of current ODL, and turned it into the idea-bearer of the whole product. We’ve taken the biggest obstacle – Apache Karaf, out of the ODL developers lives, and hence improving their efficiency tremendously.

On the other hand the lighty.io commercial product is available for purchase is developed using the same lighty.io core which gets open-sourced today. We are tirelessly adding new features with the demand and cooperation with our customers. Such as the lighty.io Network Topology Visualisation Component, Go/Java/Python RESTCONF clients, improved RESTCONF notifications with HTTP 2.0 support, improved southbound NETCONF plugin with the implemented support of YANG actions, NETCONF simulator to name a few.

Our vision from the start was to enhance the commercial version of lighty.io with bleeding edge features and improvements that are not yet in open-source ODL. This will leverage lighty.io users capability to speed up their development and deployment. Today lighty.io users will get the chance to experience these changes, instead of waiting until such improvements appear in the upstream or developing themselves.

PANTHEON.tech released lighty.io core components under Eclipse Public License v1.0 as a continuous support to the community.

Future of SDN

We believe this generous act will result in spinning up new projects based on OpenDaylight components making them faster and cheaper to develop and will give you a competitive edge in today’s fast evolving world of micro service and cloud-oriented deployments.

We encourage all OpenDaylight users, Data Center managers, Telco and Service Provider DevOps to give lighty.io a try with their existing applications. It will be amaze you.

Today, PANTHEON.tech will officially release the lighty.io core as free and open-source software at the event. Please join us in the Open Networking Summit Europe/Amsterdam at booth #14.

There is more to come, as we will reveal how lighty.io cuts down the software development costs and time, helping our customers to consume complex data center management features with ease.

Stay tuned and watch this space for the other great announcements around lighy.io which will take space in the event. Be there to witness the amazing.

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.