Ubiquisys demonstrates smart cells based on Intel architecture in mobile network

June 25, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Ubiquisys will demonstrate smart cells running on a live mobile network at Small Cells World Summit in London on 26 to 28 June. These smart cells represent a new class of device: a small cell base station with a fully integrated cloud computing platform.

Ubiquisys will demonstrate smart cells running on a live mobile network at Small Cells World Summit in London on 26 to 28 June. These smart cells represent a new class of device: a small cell base station with a fully integrated cloud computing platform. Ubiquisys has developed a new range of communications-tuned computing modules based on Intel® architecture. With support from Intel, Ubiquisys has integrated these modules into a range of 3G/LTE/WiFi small cell base stations, adding massive processing power and storage at the edge of the network.

Small cell deployments in public spaces — incorporating combinations of 3G, WiFi and LTE — are growing rapidly, as they multiply the capacity of mobile networks whilst driving down costs. Users experience major improvements in data performance because the signal is delivered over a short range. But cloud media and core network applications remain at the far end of an often congested commodity backhaul connection, severely restricting the user experience benefits. Smart cells overcome this challenge by bringing context-specific media and applications closer to mobile users, opening new opportunities for operators, end-users and application developers.

The Ubiquisys® smart cell computing modules feature the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor CPU family with data plane hardware accelerators. There are variants based on Intel® Core™ processors for public space hotspots and large enterprises, and Intel® Atom™ processor-based variants for SOHO and residential environments.

The demonstration features new applications from Edge Datacoms, one of the first companies to harness the potential of the smart cell platform.

Examples of smart cell EdgeCloud® applications include:

Edge content:
selectively storing and serving content direct from the smart cell for instant, reliable playback. Edge content can also have a major impact on backhaul, reducing traffic by up to 40%. For example:

  • Viral cache: storing YouTube videos during the first view, serving subsequent views direct from the smart cell;
  • Predictive cache: pre-fetching popular content such as news pages during quiet periods