Intel 5G Vision: Evolve Business with Edge Compute

From an enterprise perspective, 5G enables access to high-speed data communications for multiple types of use—including ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC), machine-to-machine communication (M2M), and enhanced mobile broadband—all moving closer to the edge. That’s a rapid change that’s starting now and will accelerate over the next 10 years. It’s a huge opportunity for suppliers of ...products contributing to 5G infrastructure as well as for providers of the applications that overlay that infrastructure. As we transition to a more data-centric world, Intel is leveraging a history of powerful compute to accelerate data-centric compute—from edge to network to cloud. The 5G revolution will involve connecting 50 billion things to the Internet. Then there’s the generation of data from mobile broadband, smart factories, connected vehicles, and multiple other use cases. To make sense of it all the plethora of data generated needs to be transmitted, stored, computed, and analyzed. In the near future, the expansion of available spectrum bandwidth will enable new 5G applications, driven by the ability to transport data from the edge to the cloud and back again within a very short time. That kind of low-latency in the 4G domain is around 100 milliseconds. With 5G, it gets down to 1 millisecond. That’s why people are talking about a revolution in 5G. Hand-in-hand with the 5G revolution comes its symbiotic relationship with edge compute. To realize the true benefits of modernized 5G networks and edge-compute, distributed networks are dependent on ultra-fast, low-latency communications. As we move further into the 5G era, we’ll see the build-out of distributed and edge compute networks that handle data where it’s needed, including storing, processing, and analyzing it. To that end, Intel has multiple hardware assets, silicon assets, CPUs, GPUs, ASICS, and dedicated FPGAs. All are rich with modernized compute capabilities that enable everything from spatial compute for immersive experiences or parallel computing that can be adapted for specific use cases. Together, all of these technologies are helping to accelerate the 5G and edge compute revolutions.

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From a user perspective, 5G really means that now you're going to have access to high speed data communications from multiple types of use that is ultra reliable low latency communication. There's also machine-to-machine communication, and then there's enhanced mobile broadband, which is the speed of communication to your mobile phone. To handle all of these use cases, you're now going to have to have distributed cloud, which means that the cloud is moving out to the far edge, which means closer to the use of that communication.

That's a rapid change that's going to be starting now and going over the next 10 years. So it's a huge opportunity for the suppliers of products into that infrastructure, as well as the applications that are overlaid onto that infrastructure. Intel has a very storied history of compute, and as we move into this much more data centric environment and data centric world, Intel is able to leverage that history of compute to now computing out into the edge.

So the data movement is going to be connecting 50 billion things to the internet. Think about the amount of data that is now created by that 50 billion things, as well as the enhanced mobile broadband data, which is the data that people are going to use on their mobile phones. You've got smart factories, autonomous driving, multiple different use cases. All of that data needs to be transmitted and then that data needs to be processed and computed, and Intel is a leader in that space, now to take a leadership position into the advent of 5G in storing data, processing data, computing data, analyzing data.

The new applications are going to be created by the 5G data bandwidth are going to be very much driven by the ability to connect things to the cloud within a very, very short time. So what do I mean by that? The time between the data going from the point of generational use to the cloud and back again. That's called latency.

That latency in the 4G domain is around 100 milliseconds. In 5G, it gets down to one millisecond. That's why we talk about a revolution in 5G. HD computing and 5G are very symbiotic in terms of their very codependent upon each other. It makes no sense to have a broad based age compute distributed network if you're unable to connect up fast pace to the end user and vise versa.

So as we move into the 5G era, which is really only just starting now, we'll see the build out of the distributed compute network and Edge compute network to be able to handle all of that data where it's needed, process that data, and analyze that data. Intel has multiple different hardware assets or silicon assets, CPUs, GPUs, dedicated ASICs, dedicated FPGAs. These are all compute capabilities, whether it be spatial computing, parallel computing, or other forms of computing that can be adapted towards those particular end cases.

There's no other company on the planet that has these type of capabilities that is better positioned to enable this 5G revolution together with the Edge compute revolution.