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Titanium and networks? What IP can learn from a superhero element


Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal – as strong as steel but 45% lighter. You can build aircraft parts with titanium that can withstand severe pressures of flight at high altitudes and constant exposure to the elements, yet due to titanium’s light weight these parts make planes highly fuel-efficient. Defies logic… seems impossible… and yet…

It’s the exact approach we need to apply to building IP networks. We must get to a place where man, machine and cloud work together in harmony, auto-magically, to deliver the richest possible service experiences, at the lowest possible cost, and in the most secure fashion.

Like titanium, it defies logic… seems impossible… and yet… if you build IP networks this is your reality.

The networks we build today must be designed for what’s coming in the next 5-10 years and beyond.  We know the maturing cloud and emerging machine era will create billions more connections and exabytes more data. Networks must satisfy that demand as and when it occurs – with no noticeable effort.

Just as titanium is incredibly strong AND amazingly light, these networks must be incredibly smart AND amazingly fast so they can:

  • achieve cloud scale but with intelligence
  • provide deep visibility into what is going on in the network at any given instance
  • use this information in concert with other sources to gain insights and make informed decisions
  • fine-tune the network to adapt to change and protect from security attacks.

Others in the industry are trying to solve these same problems. But they are building IP products that are either smart at the expense of throughput, or fast at the expense of capabilities. It seems impossible to build, but you need all of these capabilities for what’s coming. And the new Nokia FP4 – the world’s first multi-terabit routing silicon – delivers.

After introducing our previous generation of chipset, we took a step back. We thought about what the market would need to meet the demands of the cloud and machine era. We carefully assessed the tools available in the market – and we decided to wait. Wait for the right technologies to develop … to borrow innovative design elements from adjacent high-performance segments like video processing and, in some cases, invent the missing pieces. Essentially, we did a fundamental rethink.

Thus, FP4 is not just the next iteration of our network processing silicon – it is a total redesign. This is a highly-integrated chipset that achieves massive silicon miniaturization and memory integration to deliver:

  • 6x increase in capacity
  • 80% reduction in space
  • 50% reduction in power per bit

All this without compromising on performance, capabilities or extensibility.

The FP4 silicon is the foundational technology that will power the fastest and smartest routers the industry has seen to date. These routers will provide a high-performance network platform, which – when combined with Nokia’s Deepfield big-data analytics and automation with our SDN solutions – will deliver to the vision of insight-driven automated networking. They will help catalyze the next chapter of the Internet: effortlessly connecting man, machine and cloud.

As titanium has done for industry, so now the Nokia FP4 chipset can do for IP networks: make the impossible possible. As Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

If you missed the 360° Livestream video of our launch, watch the replay here.

For a deeper dive, download our White Paper: Insight-Driven Automated Networking - The new paradigm for designing & operating modern IP network and read the June 14 press release

Visit our website to learn about our FP4 chipset and additions to our IP portfolio.

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Manish Gulyani

About Manish Gulyani

Manish is VP and General Manager of Nokia Deepfield. He was raised in India, educated in Ireland, and now lives in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Manish happily devotes himself to family, hiking and biking, and the never-ending business of getting people, places and things connected.

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