Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute(ASTRI) revealed their collaborations with Intel on 5G Standalone (SA) Core Network and Roadside Edge AI (Artificial Intelligence) for C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) that power the new era of network transformation with the compelling capabilities of 5G, C-V2X and AI working together.

ASTRI’s 5G Standalone (SA) Core Network at 200Gbps on Intel Architecture

ASTRI and Intel have collaborated on the research, development and optimisation of 5G SA Core Network, especially on the User Plane Function (UPF) throughput, to meet 5G requirements. The collaboration makes it possible for, on a single sever, over 200Gbps throughput to be processed by ASTRI’s 5G UPF without packet loss. The key capabilities and elements to deliver breakthrough performance in the 5G Core Network include:

  • The UPF of ASTRI’s 5G SA Core Network can achieve high per-core performance
  • Dynamic Device Personalisation (DDP) technology on Intel Ethernet Network Adapters is utilized to achieve fine-grade load balancing to allow throughput scale up linearly with additional CPU cores
  • ASTRI 5G SA Core Network can scale down to a single hardware platform for small scale deployments, or scale out and distributed in cloud architecture.

Edge intelligence and C-V2X transforming smart mobility and network infrastructure

ASTRI and Intel collaborated to enable edge AI and visual-sensing capabilities for evolving next-generation smart roadside Infrastructure. The initial focus will be on enabling the real-time object recognition by ASTRI’s C-V2X Edge Software solution to detect imminent danger on roads and issue real-time alerts (like pedestrian crossing) to the respective drivers via C-V2X communications between vehicles and roadside infrastructure.

In addition to the low-latency C-V2X communications, the C-V2X Edge Software demands high-performance computing, AI and visual data processing to achieve end-to-end low latency. The Smart Roadside Computing Unit is powered by Intel Xeon D-2100 processors, delivering Intel’s ground-breaking data center processor architecture in a form factor optimized for cloud edge computing solutions. It brings the architectural innovations of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform to a system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor for low-power, high-density, small footprint solutions, integrating essential network, security, and acceleration capabilities. The AI and visual data processing in the Smart Roadside Computing Unit is accelerated by Intel Myriad X Visual Processing Unit (VPU) and OpenVINO toolkit.

Accelerating innovation and transformation

5G SA Core Network is an important element for mobile core network transformation to support the next wave of 5G services. ASTRI 5G SA core network, as pure software-based implementation, verified the suitability on high-volume platforms with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, to deliver outstanding performance and flexibility to allow quick time-to-market rollouts. Intelligent sensing and low latency communications using a C-V2X solution at the roadside (network edge) play an important role in shaping next generation roadside Infrastructure and smart mobility services.