PARIS, 16 Feb. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rapid.Space, the fully open 5G converged cloud provider, has created a tri-sector 4G/5G base station (BBU or DU/CU) based on Open Compute Project’s Aowanda server—manufactured by MITAC.
Each Aowanda sled runs a Xeon Gold 5320T processor and an Amarisoft stack, as well as open-source components such as SlapOS OSS/BSS, a babel latency-optimized router, and a scikit-learn AI engine. Each sled can drive three 100MHz 5G NR sectors in DL MIMO 4×4 – UL SISO. Only 55% of the total CPU power was used with a remaining budget of 0.66ms. In a separate test, a sled could drive a single 100MHz sector in DL MIMO 4×4 – UL MIMO 4×4 with less than 25% of total CPU power and 0.66ms of budget remaining. This leaves plenty of resources for carrier aggregation or edge computing applications. It also allows the deployment of remote units up to 66 km from the Aowanda server for an optimized operating cost.
The MITAC Aowanda Edge Server is one of the most promising servers in the Open Compute Project portfolio for vRAN applications based on 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Its compact form factor and power-efficient design are ideal for telcos deploying SimpleRAN-based vRAN.
“SimpleRAN open-source OSS/BSS supports mass operation of Aowanda fleets that are typical of converged 5G edge clouds such as Rapid.Space. Partnered with Amarisoft stack’s 5G software and Rapid integration. Space, it provides an open source 5G alternative solution for telecom operators,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of Server Infrastructure Business Unit, MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation.
Jean-Paul Smets, CEO of Rapid.Space, adds: “The current results based on a simulated radio unit (RU) pilot are very promising. We hope to confirm them by March 2022 by connecting the Aowanda server to a front-end switch via eCPRI.
“Amarisoft’s pure software stack means that with SimpleRAN there is no need for FPGAs or proprietary hardware accelerator to deliver the best of 5G vRAN. As a result, hardware can be simpler, more compact and consume less power, just like MITAC’s Aowanda server,” said Franck Spinelli, CEO of Amarisoft.
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Rapid.Space is a unique, high-performance, “fully open” cloud provider committed to building an international cloud infrastructure focused on openness, transparency, and reversibility. As a co-founder of the SimpleRAN initiative and a member of the Open Compute, Euclidia, Gaia-X and EANGTI project, Rapid.Space strives to be at the forefront of developing next-generation cloud computing infrastructures, advocating for its fully open architecture. built from open source software, open hardware and open processes.
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