ADLINK Open Compute Project specification approved for carrier grade CG-OpenRack-19

ADLINK Technology introduced Thursday its OpenSled specification, contributing to the evolution of the next generation of appliances that fit into the Open Compute Project (OCP) CG-OpenRack-19 specification.

ADLINK’s OCP OpenSled specification enhances the OCP-Accepted CG-OpenRack-19 specification submitted by Radisys last December. Radisys laid the foundation for defining the frame, power, interconnect and sled dimensions. ADLINK’s OCP OpenSled specification provides a common architecture for OCP CG-OpenRack-19 allowing suppliers to build a standard central office product; a one-half width sled for a multitude of options and high component density, with a full width spec to be defined later this year; and zone definitions to give operators confidence that the sled is an open standard, while also providing many options for sled use cases.

IT also includes an optional removable or hinged front panel for internal board replacement; a mezzanine zone for Network Interface Modules (NIMs), switching, hardware acceleration, and PCIe expansion slots for off the shelf components; zones for server, memory, storage, etc., and comes with the ability to add multi-host controllers, MR-IOV functionality, switching and hardware acceleration for additional capabilities.

OCP’s CG-OpenRack-19 specification is used as a guideline for OCP suppliers and carriers to implement a standards-based computer system within central office environments utilizing an OCP-based infrastructure. This latest OCP-approved OpenSled spec is based on ADLINK’s Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture, which provides the definitions for the internal configuration options of the CG OpenRack Sled, including options for key appliances to utilize additional components inside the sled. These options could include, but are not limited to, multi-host controllers, PCIe switching, software and hardware accelerators and storage solutions.

Standards development around networking and communications frameworks has become increasingly important with the growing utilization of edge, cloud and fog computing architectures that support the OT/IT/CT convergence critical to driving business value.

Founded in 2011, the OCP is a collaborative community geared toward reimagining the design of server, storage, networking and other data center hardware with the goal of driving scalable computing through sharing of information and technical specifications. ADLINK has been a Gold Member since May 2016.

“ADLINK’s technical expertise and core competence in communications platforms, as well as their business strategy, aligns perfectly with the mission of the Open Compute Project to extend our open hardware collaboration to our carrier and communications service provider members,” said Bill Carter, Chief Technology Officer at the OCP Foundation. “We were excited when ADLINK began working with OCP’s Telco project community last year to author and validate the OpenSled specification that builds upon the CG-OpenRack-19 mechanical, power, and interconnect specification contributed by Radisys in 2016. This week, the foundation’s incubation committee formally accept that work effort. Both Radisys and ADLINK, working with many service providers around the globe, have defined and contributed an open rack architecture that shares the efficiency, openness, and scale of our OpenRack specification, with adjustments for central office environments. The shared effort by ADLINK is a testament to how open collaboration is enabling the transformation of the telecom market.”

ADLINK’s focus on edge computing is a natural evolution from embedded systems to connected embedded computing that facilitates data acquisition and analysis to improve business operations. ADLINK is actively involved in several networking and communications standards organizations, including OpenFog Consortium, Network Intelligence (NI) Alliance, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for NFV and MEC, OpenNFV, OpenEdge Computing, Telecom Infra Project, Edge Computing Consortium and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD). In addition, ADLINK is a part of the Wind River Titanium Cloud Partner Ecosystem, a program dedicated to accelerating the deployment of solutions for NFV, and provides Wind River’s Titanium Server software as an integrated solution on ADLINK’s Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture and SETO-1000 extreme outdoor server; the integrated solution targets NFV/ software defined networks (SDN), MEC and IIoT deployments.

“Over the past several years, ADLINK has moved toward developing networking and communications platforms that enable the current requirements for edge and cloud computing architectures for telecom operators and data centers,” said Yong Luo, General Manager of ADLINK’s Networking, Communication and Public Business Unit. “We are very excited to work with OCP to drive innovation, customization and choices that enhance and simplify networking and communications infrastructure.”

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