Axbryd, 5GMED’s flexible and dynamic network infrastructure data management plan provider

Axbryd is a startup located in Rome that aims to commercialize the prototypes, mechanisms and protocols designed and developed by the network research group of the CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications)/University of Rome Tor Vergata, active in the field of network architectures, network protocols and SDN/NFV.  

The Italian startup works at the interface between hardware and software for network devices in datacenter and telecom infrastructure. Axbryd explains that network traffic processing takes a large share of the computer resources, and new hardware innovation enables offloading of this processing to specialized hardware accelerators. However, the hardware landscape is fragmented with significant differences between legacy and new vendors’ solutions.  

They take customer’s infrastructure software and automatically map it to their platforms and optimize it to take advantage of new hardware features introduced by other vendors. This enables better performance, including energy savings, software portability, and shorter time-to-solution for customers. 

Axbryd is also the official maintainer of the FPGA based FlowBlaze engine for hardware acceleration of network functions.  

Describe your role in the 5GMED project and present Axbryd FlowBlaze engine 

Axbryd will leverage its high speed and low latency technology to provide a flexible and dynamic management of the data plan of the network infrastructure. In particular, the Axbryd FlowBlaze engine will be used to provide efficient handover management, with the aim of minimizing the handover time. The mobility network function will be able to proactively select the best path depending both on the network scenario and on the different types of traffic. In particular, the mobility function will differentiate the path depending on the different requests in terms of latency, reliability and throughput of the different types of traffic.

Axbryd will also contribute to the design of the overall SDN network infrastructure and to the definition of the test procedures for the assessment of the proposed services. 

Explain the impact of the project in short term and long term 

The presence of Axbryd in 5GMED will:  

  • Permit to further validate the Axbryd technologies (the XL language and the FlowBlaze engine) for the fast development of high speed network functions).
  • Introduce Axbryd in a market segment which has stringent network requirements. 

These requirements can be satisfied only using cutting-edge technologies, which require highly skilled competencies and long development time to achieve the desired level of performance. The Axbryd solution is a perfect answer to these market requirements, as it allows to simplify the access to high complex technologies and to reduce the development time.  

Axbryd will also work on the Use Case 3 ‘Future Railway Mobile Communications’:

  • Does the train’s velocity adversely affect the quality of the signal? If so, how can we ensure uninterrupted communication? Yes, the speed of the trains is an important factor. To ensure an uninterrupted communication, we should perform a handover between the radio access network every time the coverage changes, so more speed means more handovers and less time to complete the necessary actions. 
  • Would CCTV cameras information inside and outside the train be accessible to personnel only or also passengers? Both scenarios are possible, who can access the CCTV depends on the configurations. 

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