NVIDIA reveals GPU-accelerated AI-on-5G system

AI, metaverse and computer vision are technologies placing new demands on telcos. Telcos are seeking industry-standard solutions that can run such applications and immersive graphics workloads on the same server.

NVIDIA is developing a new AI-on-5G solution that combines 5G vRAN, edge AI and digital twin workloads on an all-in-one, hyper-converged and GPU-accelerated system.

This would help lower cost of ownership, enabling telcos to drive revenue growth in smart cities, as well as retail, entertainment and manufacturing industries.

The AI-on-5G system comprises Fujitsu’s virtualised 5G Open RAN product suite, the NVIDIA Aerial software development kit for 5G vRAN, NVIDIA Omniverse for building and operating custom 3D pipelines and large-scale simulations, NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS) software, NVIDIA CloudXR for streaming extended reality, and NVIDIA A100X and L40 converged accelerators.

“This combination, powered by AI and XR applications, enables telcos to deliver ultra-low latency services, highly optimised TCO and energy-efficient performance,” said Masaki Taniguchi, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Systems of Fujitsu.

The all-in-one system uses GPUs to accelerate the software-defined 5G vRAN, as well as the edge AI and graphics applications, without bespoke hardware accelerators nor a specific telecom CPU. This ensures that the GPUs can accelerate the vRAN (based on NVIDIA Aerial), AI video analytics (based on NVIDIA Metropolis), streaming immersive extended reality (XR) experiences (based on NVIDIA CloudXR) and digital twins (based on NVIDIA Omniverse).

“Telcos and their customers are exploring new ways to boost productivity, efficiency and creativity through immersive experiences delivered over 5G networks. At Mobile World Congress, we are bringing those visions into reality, showcasing how a single GPU-enabled server can support workloads such as NVIDIA Aerial for 5G, CloudXR for streaming virtual reality and Omniverse for digital twins,” said Ronnie Vasishta, Senior Vice President of Telecom at NVIDIA.

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