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.