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Huawei's AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet Takes Home Interop Tokyo Best of Show Award

Jun 15, 2018

[Shenzhen, China, June 15, 2018] At Interop Tokyo 2018, Huawei's AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet won the Best of Show Award on the back of its networking performance with zero packet loss, low latency, and high throughput, as well as its leading role in network communication evolution in the AI era.

Swift Liu (left), President of Huawei's Network R&D Department, accepts the award from one of the judges

Huawei AI Fabric is designed for scenarios such as distributed storage, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. It effectively shortens the HPC duration by 40% and greatly improves the efficiency of innovative services such as AI training. This is the latest sub-solution or component of Huawei's Intent-Driven Networking for CloudFabric to be awarded the Interop Best of Show Award—after CloudEngine switches took home the award in the ShowNet Product category in 2016—highlighting the innovative capabilities and leading position of Huawei's CloudFabric.

We are entering the era of AI. Large-scale data mining and AI training implemented by enterprises place higher requirements on network performance, including latency and packet loss. Network communication protocols are evolving from traditional TCP/IP towards RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) to achieve more efficient network communication. The AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet, innovatively launched by Huawei, is a network comprised of CloudEngine series data center switches. It leverages three innovative technologies—precise congestion flow identification, dynamic congestion waterline setting, and fast backpressure mechanism—to overcome the issues of packet loss and low throughput on today's Ethernet networks. Specifically, it achieves network performance with zero packet loss, high throughput, and sub-millisecond latency. This serves to shorten AI training time by at least 40% and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by 53%, helping enterprises quickly innovate new service applications such as AI and Internet Plus.

Wang Lei, General Manager of Huawei's Data Center Network Domain, said: "We are highly honored that Huawei's AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet has been awarded the Interop Tokyo Best of Show Award. This signifies its recognition by the Japanese IT market, which is noted for its engagement with state-of-the-art technologies and stringent requirements regarding product quality. Huawei has amassed more than 20 years of experience in the network domain. In addition to providing an extensive and advanced data center networking portfolio, Huawei persists in researching cutting-edge technologies and developing innovative solutions, meeting enterprise requirements for rapid innovation in the AI era and enabling data centers to become business value centers."

Interop Tokyo is a prestigious event for the networking and computing industries. It is also the largest and most influential ICT exhibition in Japan. The Best of Show Award is Interop's iconic award. Each year, hundreds of solutions are reviewed by the panel of judges made up of authoritative experts from the industry and university professors, after which they select the most innovative products and solutions with the most cutting-edge technologies and highest commercial value. After painstakingly reviewing the entries, the panel of expert judges selected Huawei AI Fabric as the winner of the Best of Show Award, signifying the industry recognition received by Huawei's AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet.

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