South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle, who were expecting their second child, have welcomed the birth of baby boy.Confirming the news, the de Villiers took to his Instagram account and revealed the birth of John Richard de Villiers.”Now we are 4! Praise the Lord for this amazing blessing in our lives. John Richard de Villiers was born at 11am on Monday the 17th and both Danielle and John are safe at home. My wife is the most amazing woman and once again showed incredible courage and strength through all of this,” de Villiers wrote on Instagram.The couple, who got married in 2013, already has a two-year-old son, Abraham de Villiers, reports Sport24.Earlier this month, South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis, who is also one of De Villiers’ best friends, also welcomed the birth of his first child with his wife.
Either South African skipper Faf du Plessis or opener Hashim Amla will be handed the duty of leading the World XI squad, which will tour Pakistan for the three-match T20 series in September this year.”Two big names in South Africa and world cricket, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis , have consented to touring Pakistan with the ICC World XI and one of them will be the captain of the side,” the Dawn quoted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official as saying.The source further confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB are currently processing financial and insurance matters for World XI players, adding that the team would be announced in the coming soon.Newly-appointed PCB chairman Najam Sethi, on the other hand, had revealed that 15 players from seven countries have agreed to be a part of World XI squad for series against Pakistan XI.Reuters Photo “Players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have agreed to play the World XI tournament in Pakistan. India, however, has declined to send players,” Sethi said.The 15-man squad, led by former Zimbabwe skipper Andy Flower as coach, will undergo a seven day camp in Dubai before travelling to Lahore for the T20 series starting from September 10.It should be noted that no Test side has toured Pakistan since March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.However, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series.advertisement
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Virat Kohli has scored hundreds, smashed records, led India to wins across different formats in international cricket over the past few years. In the course of his sensational run, you would have seen different sides to Kohli’s personality – aggressive, ruthless, dominant but this one video is bound to leave you with a smile.Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany on Monday, sang a Kishore Kumar number for his lady love.The 29-year-old India captain could be seen singing as Anushka and some members of the family and a few close friends sat in rapt attention.India Today had first reported that Kohli and Anushka would fly out to Italy with their families and a group of very close friends for a wedding. The Indian skipper enjoyed a phenomenal run in 2017, finishing with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds including three double centuries.Kohli sought a break from the limited-overs phase against Sri Lanka after a cramped schedule. Asked before the first Test against Sri Lanka if he needed a break, he had said, “I am not a robot.”The Delhi dasher was dismissed for a duck in seaming conditions at the Eden Gardens the next day but bounced back with a century and two double centuries to break a plethora of records.advertisementKohli, who will soon join his India teammates to leave for the tour of South Africa, had recently said Anushka had made him more mature.I’ve learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last 4 years all because of her. She’s taught me how to be more patient and taught me how to utilise the position you are in to the fullest,” Kohli had said on Breakfast With Champions.
NEW YORK – Jonathon Niese put to rest any worries about his health. Travis d’Arnaud did little to set aside any concerns about his ability to hit big league pitching.Niese was sharp into the sixth inning of his injury delayed first start of the season Sunday, when the New York Mets lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds, missing an opportunity to finish off a three-game sweep.“I was very, very impressed, his velocity stayed consistent throughout the game,” Manager Terry Collins said of Niese. “He’s got a repertoire that’s going to get people out.”Niese (0-1), who was slowed by shoulder weakness and elbow inflammation this spring, held Cincinnati to two hits through five innings but gave up three straight singles to open the sixth, beginning with Reds fill-in starter Alfredo Simon (1-0).Chris Heisey, in the lineup for Billy Hamilton, who has a jammed left middle finger, and Brandon Phillips each singled to load the bases, and Joey Votto followed with a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ludwick singled to left for a 2-1 lead.Jay Bruce then grounded to first base, ending Niese’s day on his 90th pitch. NoThe left-hander allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2-3 innings in front of dozens of dogs at Citi Field on Bark in the Park day.“I feel good, felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well, obviously didn’t have any pain,” Niese said.Collins thought the Mets had a chance to take a lead in the seventh when d’Arnaud sent a drive to left but it was caught at the warning track, extending the catcher’s hitless start to 0 for 15.“There’s no easy answers here,” Collins said. “The only way you do it is grind it out and have an approach, stick with it.”The Mets went into the season with the 25-year-old d’Arnaud as their primary catcher and no veteran backup the system. He missed much of last year on the disabled list and hit only .202 (20 for 99) in a 31-game stint in New York.D’Arnaud was acquired from Toronto along with top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey after the knuckleballer won the CY Young Award in 2012 and the Mets are expecting him to be their starting catcher for years to come.Right now, though, all Collins is concerned with is if d’Arnaud is letting this slump affect him psychologically. “I’m worried about his mental approach more than anything,” Collins said.Said d’Arnaud: “My swing feels good, just trying to make good contact.” D’Arnaud threw out Phillips trying to steal second base in the third inning.Simon pitched seven impressive innings in his first start since Sept. 28, 2011, for Baltimore, but manager Price tapped the right-hander because Mat Latos is rehabbing from knee and elbow operations. And Simon didn’t disappoint. He allowed just four hits — including Juan Lagares’ RBI single in the second — and threw 79 pitches.Manny Parra retired all six batters he faced for his first career save, pitching the ninth instead of J.J. Hoover, who gave up Ike Davis’ walk-off grand slam on April 5. Parra struck out Davis to end it.“Can’t ask for any more for Simon and Manny Parra,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.The Mets finished their first homestand 2-4 after struggling in Queens last season. They begin a nine-game trip in Atlanta on April 8 and, even though Davis has four hits in his last six at-bats, Collins is going to stick with Lucas Duda at first base.(Howie Rumberg, AP Sports Writer)“I feel pretty good as a player right now,” Davis said despite his new role as a bench player.TweetPinShare0 Shares
CINCINNATI — Pete Rose is headed into the team hall of fame in his hometown of Cincinnati, the Reds said Tuesday.The Reds’ announcement came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose’s application for reinstatement. Manfred concluded that baseball’s career hits leader continued to gamble even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.The Reds’ team hall of fame induction is planned for the weekend of June 24-26. Rose, 74, began and played most of his career with his hometown team.The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 adopted a rule keeping anyone on the permanently ineligible list off the ballot. Rose said after Manfred’s decision that he still held out hope he would one day be inducted into the national hall.Manfred said last month that his decision continuing the MLB ban was separate from any determination on National Baseball Hall of Fame eligibility. He added that while Rose remains banned from working for any major league team or minor league affiliate, he could make ceremonial appearances with the commissioner’s approval.At the time, Reds’ chief executive Bob Castellini said the club was pleased “to have opportunities to commemorate Pete’s remarkable on-field accomplishments.” He said any future celebrations involving Rose would be discussed first with the commissioner. Rose has rejoined his teammates from the 1975-76 world champions in recent years in on-field reunions and other ceremonies in Cincinnati.On Tuesday, Castellini said in a statement that inducting Rose into the Reds’ hall will be “a defining moment” in franchise history.“He is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Reds uniform and it will be an unforgettable experience watching him being honored as such,” he said.Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds hall of fame and museum, said “in front of his fans and with his teammates, ‘Charlie Hustle’ will be recognized for his contributions to the rich and distinguished history of the Reds.”The club’s hall of fame board chose Rose as the sole inductee for this year. Ken Griffey Jr., who will be inducted into the national Hall of Fame this summer, was among the latest inductees to the Reds’ hall, which has 85 members.It already has much of the “Big Red Machine” team including the late manager Sparky Anderson. Rose will be the last inductee from the regular starting eight of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and Ken Griffey Sr.DAN SEWELL, Associated Press___TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Free-agent prizes Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison are ready to get down to the business of rebuilding the Giants’ defense.Reflecting on their comments March 10 after they officially signed their monstrous free-agent contracts, Jenkins has more work ahead than the others in justifying the $204.25 million combined outlay General Manager Jerry Reese made for them.The former Rams cornerback described his best quality as his ability to create turnovers in man-to-man coverage. But it was his brutally honest depiction of his greatest weakness that might have brought a small gasp from Reese, whose five-year, $62.5 million offer kicked off his Day 1 spending spree.“I can say to myself, ‘Improve on stop being lazy at the end of games,’ ” Jenkins said. Gulp.Jenkins then explained that his focus occasionally wandered as the clock ran down. It is a tendency he can ill-afford as he and fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie work to improve a secondary whose late-game performance cost the Giants five fourth-quarter leads in 2015.“Instead of just relaxing, thinking about the ball not coming to my side, you know, and focusing more on the game. It’s just a mind thing. It’s easy to control. Playing on this level, some things are going to happen.“You’ve just got to improve, man.”Vernon, now the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league with a five-year, $85.5 million deal that includes $52 million of guaranteed money, said he was excited about forming a rejuvenated pass rush with linemates Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, and Harrison. The defensive end who had 7 ½ sacks last year knew full well that the Giants’ 23 sacks ranked dead last in 2015.“Last year wasn’t what was expected to be,” he said. “That’s not the Giants’ standard. That’s not the Giants’ way. “From what I remember, they’ve always been stout.”Pierre-Paul, along with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, was actually one of the people who persuaded Vernon to sign with the Giants.“I could just tell how he spoke,” Vernon said of Pierre-Paul, ” he’s a man trying to get (back to relevance). I’m trying to be a part of that.”While Vernon hones his pass rush and Jenkins tightens his focus, the 350-pound Harrison said he expects to form an impenetrable middle against the run with the 320-pound Hankins. Taken as a unit, the pair represents 670 pounds of space-eating ability.“We just have to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and complement and work off each other,” Harrison said. “It’ll be fun with me and Big Hank in the middle.”As for leaving the Jets’ 3-4 alignment, where he played directly over the center, for the Giants’ 4-3, the defensive tackle anticipated a flawless transition.“The 3-4 and the 4-3 are actually similar, except for the outside linebackers,” Harrison said. “You play the exact same positions. It’s just the defensive ends are in, and you have linebackers.”The free-agent trio is tasked with pulling the Giants’ defense out of the rankings cellar, and no one understood that better than Harrison after he signed his five-year, $46.5 million contract.“They invested a lot in me, and I know they’re expecting a lot out of me,” he said. “That alone is motivation to help the franchise get back.”Later, the Giants agreed to terms with linebacker Keenan Robinson, late of the Redskins.(ERNIE PALLADINO) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Advanced embedded systems boasting technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), artificial neural networks (ANNs) and deep neural networks (DNNs), machine learning, and cognitive (thinking, reasoning) seem to be popping up all over the place — often targeting application areas that many people would never have considered.Take the Verdigris AI platform from Verdigris Technologies, Inc., for example. This platform empowers buildings to monitor what is happening inside themselves and to easily communicate with the humans who run them, thereby reducing energy costs and power consumption, and predicting and solving problems before they happen.The Verdigris solution is far cleverer than you might initially think. When I first read that “Verdigris intelligent sensors learn the individual electrical ‘fingerprints’ of every single electric device within a building’s walls, down to the smallest iPhone charger,” my knee-jerk reaction was to assume that vast numbers of sensors had to be deployed, with individual units associated with every single power socket in a building. This would be incredibly expensive, time-consuming, and complex to implement, so it’s fortunate they don’t do it this way.In fact, the sensors are only associated with the building’s main power supply panels. We start with the non-invasive Verdigris smart sensor, which is based on the Hall effect, and which simply clips over one of the feeds coming out of the building’s main circuit breaker power panel.Verdigris smart sensor (Source: Verdigris) Individual smart sensors are installed non-intrusively on every feed coming out of the panel, with all the sensors being daisy-chained together as illustrated below.Multiple smart sensors are daisy-chained together (Source: Verdigris) The smart sensors employ 8KHz digital-to-analog converters (DACs) to sample the current profile with a high-degree of accuracy and resolution. The last sensor in the chain is connected to a wireless data transmitter, which communicates with the cloud. The sensors send hundreds of thousands of data points per second to the cloud-based Verdigris AI, which continuously analyzes and interprets the data, and then communicates its findings to its human supervisors via a web-based interface and/or a mobile app.Using machine learning techniques based on an artificial neural network, the Verdigris system is trained to recognize the power profiles associated with of a wide variety of devices, from the large motors used in elevators and HVAC systems to tiny smartphone chargers.When the system is deployed into a real-world facility, all the data from the sensors is constantly uploaded to the Verdigris AI in the cloud. If an unknown power profile is detected, the building’s engineers are prompted to identify and label the equipment associated with this profile, and this intelligence is added to the AI’s knowledge database for subsequent use in existing and future deployments.The end result is that, even when a building is fully occupied and its power systems are highly loaded, it’s still possible for the Verdigris system to tease out the fact that someone on the third floor just plugged in an electric shaver, for example.The Verdigris Tracker is a mobile web app that provides real-time event tracking and notifications to the facility’s engineering team. If the Verdigris AI detects any abnormalities or building drift, it will use the tracker to inform the building’s engineers.Verdigris Tracker (Source: Verdigris) If monitoring power consumption and identifying which devices are active at any particular time were all the Verdigris system could do, it would still be a valuable tool, but it goes much farther than this. Using a physics-based modelling approach, the AI is also trained to recognize the power profiles associated with various failure modes associated with different pieces of equipment. This allows it to detect and identify units that are causing spikes in energy usage, that are potentially going to fail, or that have already failed, and to immediately alert the associated maintenance team.Automated fault detection with notifications that can prevent unexpected equipment breakdown (Source: Verdigris) To date, Verdigris has saved millions of dollars in reduced energy costs and equipment breakdowns for customers like Jabil, Honeywell, Hyatt, Starwood, Marriott, and even NASA, which is researching ways to apply Verdigris technology to predict failure on potential future space missions.An example of the real-time interactive lobby dashboard that’s deployed at the new Jabil Blue Sky facility in San Jose, CA (Source: Verdigris) The Verdigris AI becomes increasingly smart and more connected as existing Verdigris customers use the system and as more facilities come online. The end result is to provide the AI with a massive repository of incredibly-specific, granular information about buildings, their energy use, the way in which their internal systems and appliances work, and the signals these systems send when they start to degrade and fail.At this time, Verdigris are targeting their platform for use in large buildings and facilities, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see residential equivalents being deployed in the not-so-distant future — especially in new home construction — as part of the migration to smarter, more efficient abodes. What do you think about all of this? Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Go play outside (with your outdoor displays)Next Monkeys everywhere
Every time serial data rates increase, they expose problems masked at slower speeds. Many of those problems occur because of decreased signal integrity from losses that occur in PCB traces, vias, and connectors. There are many possible solutions to signal-integrity problems, but each one comes with a downside. One such response to the problem is to eliminate PCB traces using cable assemblies.Here’s the problem. Boards used in servers and switches are often quite large and they typically have “out of the box” I/O copper or fiber) on one end and a backplane connection on the other. To minimize the overall distance that a signal travels, PCB designers will place the switching IC (FPGAs or ASICs) in roughly the center of the board. Sure, you can minimize signal losses between the outside I/O and the switch devices by placing them close together, but that only worsens signal integrity from the ASIC or FPGA to the backplane.With signal fundamental frequencies currently at 14 GHz, losses caused by skin effect, weave effects, surface roughness, vias, and connectors are often too much for reliable communications. Even though receivers can detect incoming signals as low as 38 dB below the signal amplitude at the transmitter, there can frequently still be too much signal degradation.A 28 Gbit/s non-return-to-zero signal has a clock rate of 14 GHz. To help with signal losses at 56 Gbits/s, many engineers are moving to 4-level pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM4), which doubles the data rate for a given signaling rate versus NRZ. Thus, a 14-GHz clock can deliver 56 Gbits/s using PAM4, but there’s a problem. The signal amplitude (eye height) of a PAM4 signal is one-third that of an NRZ signal (Figure 1 ). That creates a tradeoff between signal loss and sensitivity to noise.Figure 1. The eye opening of a PAM4 signal (right) is about one-third the height of an NRZ signal, which makes PAM4 signal more prone to errors from noise. Scott McMorrow, CTO of Samtec’s Signal Integrity Group, has developed a spreadsheet that shows, in tabular and graphical form, the differences in loss (dB) for lengths of for Megtron6 PCB materials and cable sizes from 28 AWG to 36 AWG at frequencies from 1 GHz to 50 GHz. Distances cover 1 in., 12 in., and 1 m. You can use the data to estimate signal losses in your designs.To alleviate the PCB loss problem, several connector companies, including Molex, Samtec, and TE Connectivity have developed interconnects that let signals bypass PCB traces. The cable assemblies come in several flavors, depending on the application. For example, they connect I/O (often optical modules such as QSFP) to ASIC, ASIC to backplane, board to board in place of a rigid backplane and chip-to-chip on the same board. Figure 2 shows an example of a jump-over cable, this from a demonstration at DesignCon 2017.Figure 2. Jump-over cable assemblies let signals bypass PCBs between I/O connectors and ASICs or FPGAs. They are available with straight or right-angle connectors. Source: Samtec “Using cables for 56 Gbit/s signals cut losses by about half over using PCB traces,” said Nathan Tracy, Technologist, System Architecture Team and Manager of Industry Standards at TE Connectivity. The plot in Figure 3 compares losses for several PCB materials and for cables of two sizes as a function of frequency. As you might expect, the heavier 30 AWG wire has lower loss than the 34 AWG cable. But, lower loss comes with a tradeoff, Greg Walz, Advanced Technical Marketing Manager at Molex, warns that lower loss cables also don’t dampen reflections as much as those with higher loss. The increased reflections could increase the noise floor, which is critical to PAM4 encoding, especially on shorter length cables. Thus, you still need to balance loss with reflections and noise.Figure 3. Use this table to compare losses of PCB materials and wires as a function of frequency. Continue Reading Previous It’s alive! It’s alive! (The schedule for ESC Boston 2017)Next Silicon Labs unveils multiprotocol wireless SoCs for the IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram
Continue Reading Previous Infineon: OPTIGA Trust X provides robust protection for the IoTNext Portwell: 4×4-inch Mini PC board for digital signage, automation and medical Before now, the RF properties of WLAN stations (STA) were mainly tested in an artificial remote control operation, the non-signaling mode. For IEEE 802.11ax, this is only possible to a certain extent. IEEE 802.11ax uses OFDMA technology to significantly increase the efficiency of WLAN networks. The available bandwidth is shared between multiple STAs that simultaneously transmit to the access point. This requires precisely coordinated timing among all STAs, and power levels need to be individually controlled. The innovative IEEE 802.11ax presents new challenges for all those involved with testing WLAN components – from development to production.Rohde & Schwarz now presents a solution based on the well-established R&S CMW270 wireless connectivity tester, which has a newly extended bandwidth of 160 MHz. Users also need the new hardware option, the R&S CMW-B100H advanced measurement unit, which allows them to emulate an 802.11ax access point to test the RF properties and performance of a STA under realistic conditions. The R&S CMW270 can also simultaneously and comprehensively test other devices, e.g. Bluetooth devices.The solution will be presented to the public for the first time at Mobile World Congress. It will be available as of April 2018 from Rohde & Schwarz.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Atlantik Elektronik presents the Digi TransPort Router WR64 from Digi International, a high performance cellular router with dual redundant communications for complex transit systems. This dual module LTE-Advanced router is designed to support the connectivity needs of transit agencies and their riders with cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity today, and the ability to simply add components for future 5G functionality. Along with enterprise class routing, the Digi TransPort® WR64 integrates security, firewall and VPN functions. Until now, routers designed for the transit industry have not been prepared to meet the increasing speed capabilities of cellular networks. The introduction of LTE CAT 6 with carrier aggregation is pushing theoretical download speeds to 300 Mbps, and the next generation of cellular radios is capable of aggregating three or more channels for speeds up to 600 Mbps; 5G deployments will only further increase speed demands. The Digi TransPort WR64 is purpose built to meet these new capabilities and the higher expectations that come with them.Today, riders demand a seamless Wi-Fi experience, and with so many transportation options, transit agencies that are unable to provide it will struggle to grow or even retain their ridership. Agencies, meanwhile, must be able to integrate vehicle data from cameras, engines and logistics programs while maintaining the highest level of security.The Digi TransPort WR64 meets these simultaneous needs with dual 600 Mbps CAT 11 cellular radios and dual Wi-Fi radios that allow transit agencies to segment private data from public data, so Internet access for passengers is managed securely and separately from connectivity for onboard systems. Other key features include: video and vehicle data offload over 1.7 Gbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi backhaul, passenger Wi-Fi over 867 Mbps 802.11ac access point, wired Gigabit Ethernet (4-port) for onboard systems, designed with quad-core 1.91GHz, 64-bit CPU and Digi Remote Manager.A captive portal and splash page enable term acceptance, targeted messaging and agency branding. Standard HTTP/DNS redirect can be used to block malware and unwanted content through popular 3rd party service providers or an agency server. Reliable powering circuitry supporting 9-36VDC input with ignition sense for direct integration into vehicles power source. Dual cellular and Wi-Fi modules provide true segmented traffic flow of private and public data for fare collection, CAD/AVL data, camera log backhaul and passenger Wi-Fi access.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous MEN: compact embedded Box PC with Intel Apollo Lake INext Microsemi: new release of Libero SoC PolarFire design suite available for download
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Industry Continue Reading Previous Cervoz to exhibit at Computex Taipei 2019Next Cadence: full-flow digital and signoff tools optimized for new 7nm Arm Cortex-A77 CPU If you are a fan of distributed computing, these are heady days. In IT, cloud computing, as well as telecom, distributed Edge seems to be THE topic of conversation. Not surprisingly, web-scale cloud providers have taken the lead in enabling edge, with Microsoft (Azure IoT Edge, Azure Stack), Amazon (Greengrass, Outposts), Google (Cloud IoT Edge, Edge ML, Edge TPU) all out with offerings – some (like Azure’s) rather mature, others in an early stage.On the telecom side, edge computing is viewed as a key enabler of 5G. Many of the applications that the 5G network is designed to enable require edge presence to either work at all, or work in an efficient, scalable – i.e. economically feasible – manner. As Chair of ETSI MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) group, this is a space which is near and dear to me and which we shall focus on in this article.At this point, you may wonder, “what is ETSI MEC and do I even care to wait for the answer;” or perhaps “why focus on telecom; edge computing is edge computing.” If you are more knowledgeable about the telecom industry you might even sigh, “here we go…, ETSI… shmETSI…, all that telco stuff; everyone knows the web-scale guys will just take over – why wouldn’t one just use the cloud technologies they already have? After all, it is edge cloud ! And these guys know cloud better than anyone.” Well, you may turn out to be right, but even if you do, the cloudification of telecom edge is a much more complex undertaking.To understand why this is, let’s start with what the web-scale offerings today do well. In one word, it’s Enterprise. As the names of some of the offerings suggest, the initial use case for many an edge cloud has been, and remains, IoT. More specifically, low-footprint compute capabilities, which owners of IoT devices can use to perform simple functions such as data filtering or simple inference, as part of a larger IoT application (much of which presumably runs in the provider’s public cloud). However, the owner/operator of the IoT deployment own the equipment on which the IoT Edge runs.As the use of these “IoT Edge” offerings increased, it became apparent that the IoT Edge cloud systems can be used to run other, non-IoT workloads, provided these have a sufficiently small footprint and can be deployed using the PaaS/FaaS capabilities that the “IoT Edge” cloud platforms offer. Still, the application provider is the same as the owner/operator of the Edge Cloud. Finally, in some cases, extensions of full cloud platforms to the edge are available – through Azure Stack or AWS Outposts – under the assumption that the cloud users are also equipment owners.Clearly, I am trying to highlight something here – the offerings from the web-scale cloud providers all assume that the entities which offer their Edge cloud services are the same as those using them. When your target customers are enterprises this makes a lot of sense.Telco are, however, not enterprises – or rather not enterprise IT departments. These differ in two important aspects. First, the Telco edge cloud is meant to be public and global (or nationwide). Many applications that will run on it will be third party applications. Second, the telco applications that communication service providers (CSPs) are likely to run on their own edge clouds are anything but enterprise or traditional IoT applications.Let’s dispense with the latter point first. Imagine you are running an application on the edge and it fails. No problem, your load-balancer moves the requests to another instance somewhere else and a few seconds later you are back up. Except that the application happened to be handling traffic (!) for 911 calls during an emergency (ergo the outage). During the few seconds it took you to fail over to another instance 1000 of these calls were dropped. Your CSP employer is now subject to regulatory reviews, potential lawsuits, bad publicity, etc.; and you, as the manager responsible for the cloud design, are out of a job. Thus the need for network function virtualization (NFV). Telco “applications” – or more precisely Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) – are nothing like enterprise and IoT applications. How we architect and run clouds to support these needs to be completely different. And telco edge needs to be able to support VNFs.Let’s now return to the public aspect of telco edge and the impact this has on running your plain old vanilla cloud apps on behalf of third parties. Doing so requires the ability to answer a number of questions. For example, when should I deploy an instance of app “A” on a particular edge cloud “alpha.” Simple – when there are users of app “A” that are proximate to “alpha.” But who are these users? How do I know when they are proximate, especially when “proximate” needs to refer to network topology and latency, not geography? Oh yeah, these users use cell phones, which means they move. Here now, gone ten minutes later. Should I still run (and pay to run!) my edge instance on “alpha” – edge cloud resources are likely to be rather scarce, thus expensive.Telcos, with information they possess about their networks, are well positioned to answer such a question, but think about doing it “over-the-top” as you would have to do with a cloud provider. Azure IoT Edge, for example, while providing significant data management and processing capabilities, contains no real services for device discovery. You manually register “your device” to “your IoT Hub.” This does not work with mobility, nor does it really scale, nor is it clear what “your IoT Hub” means in a telco Edge. There are many such questions: ones that are easy to answer in a static, private edge network, but become hard in a dynamic mobile public one.So, let’s recap.Why wouldn’t the web-scale cloud providers just take over the telco edge? Well, they might – I don’t really know. The point is though whoever wins in the telco edge will have solved some really difficult problems that the web-scale providers do not have solutions for today (and don’t need to for their enterprise customers!) I will say that while web-scale cloud providers are better positioned to answer some of these, CSPs are better positioned to answer others. And so, the race is on!Why do we need all this telco, ETSI-shmETSI stuff? Because the needs of a mobile, large-scale, dynamic public cloud edge capable of running VNFs really are different.And finally, then, “what is ETSI MEC and do I even care to wait for the answer?” ETSI MEC is a collection of standards – or a group that develops these – that aims to standardize how CSPs expose key services to application developers/provider in a telco Edge and how the CSPs manage these applications when they run on telco edge clouds. This is what ETSI MEC meant in its recent press release (https://www.etsi.org/newsroom/press-releases/1567-2019-03-etsi-multi-access-edge-computing-releases-phase-2-specifications) when it referred to “… the implementation of MEC applications as software-only entities that run on top of a virtualization infrastructure, which is located in or close to the network edge.”And you should care, because unlike web-scale cloud providers, no CSP has a global reach. Yet, application providers need to be able to reach essentially all of their potential user base – and thus they must be able to work with many, nay all, CSP providing services in the geographies where the applications are available. And if these CSPs do not expose their services in the same way – i.e. if the service interfaces are not standardized – the whole thing just doesn’t scale. Such standardization is the value that ETSI MEC provides.Alex Reznik is an HPE Distinguished Technologist, currently driving technical customer engagement on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s telco strategic account team. In this role he is involved in various aspects of helping a Tier 1 telco evolve towards a flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G. Since March 2017, Alex also serves as Chair of ETSI’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ISG – the leading international standards group focused on enabling edge computing in access networks. Prior to May 2016 Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer/Senior Director at InterDigital, leading the company’s research and development activities in the area of wireless internet evolution. Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Services Working Group at the Small Cells Forum. Alex is an inventor of over 150 granted U.S. patents and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Indian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur announced herself to Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 in style on Tuesday after Smriti Mandhana stole the show few days back.Two days ago, Mandhana smashed the quickest half-century in women’s T20s off just 18 balls in Western Storm’s match versus Loughborough Lightning at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.And on Tuesday, Harmanpreet’s majestic six on the penultimate ball of the innings helped Lancashire Thunder beat Surrey Stars by five wickets at the Kennington Oval in London.Making her debut in the Kia Super League, Harmanpreet smacked an unbeaten 34 off 21 balls to take her side home with one ball to spare at the Oval. Her innings included three boundaries and one six.Her 21-ball innings played a key role as Lancashire somehow managed to get over the line after her team struggled to get runs in the middle overs against Surrey.Also read – Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western StormChasing 149 to win, the Thunders were off to a great start thanks to a brisk start from Nicole Bolton. The Australian smacked a 61-ball 81 but became slow in the middle as wickets kept on tumbling around her. She ultimately fell in the 19th over and the onus was on Harmanpreet to take them over the line.Needing 11 to win off six balls, Kaur smashed a four and a six in the final over to win the match for her side.Could watch this all dayThe arrival of @BCCIWomen’s IT20 captain @ImHarmanpreet was worth the wait! #ThunderisComing #KSL2018pic.twitter.com/TR5pSVZ2M5advertisementLancashire Thunder (@LancsCricketWMN) July 31, 2018Earlier, batting first, Surrey scored 148/5 from their 20 overs riding on the back of a 57-ball 95 not out from captain Natalie Sciver. She along with Dane van Niekerk steadied the ship for the Stars after they lost early wickets.After Van Niekerk got out, Sciver took matters into her own hands and took her team to a respectable total. Her 57-ball innings was studded with nine fours and two sixes. Emma Lamb starred with the ball for Lancshire, picking up 3/34 from her four overs.
India stepped into the 72nd year of independence on Wednesday and on the wondrous occasion, Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar chose his top 10 moments in Indian cricket since 1947.Since India gained independence on August 15 in 1947, Gavaskar, in conversation with Rajdeep Sardesai, took us through some of the biggest moments in the Indian cricketing history according to him.Here is the list of Gavaskar’s top 10 Indian cricketing moments:1952: Vinoo Mankad double at Lord’s (Five-wicket haul in first innings and 184 runs scored in second innings) To come from league cricket to international cricket is never easy but he made that transition and he made into Mankad vs England with that performance. He scored 72 in the first innings and 184 in the second. In between, he bowled a marathon and picked five wickets. He was pretty much in action on the field for the whole five days.WATCH VIDEO1983: World Cup win at Lord’sEven now when I think about the victory, I get goosebumps. It all started with the first game of the tournament when we beat West Indies and that’s where we began to believe that we can win this. We had a bit of stumble but then going on to win when we were defending only 183 was something special. That’s the greatest cricketing moment of my career.1983: Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe in World Cup That performance of Kapil was pretty much like Mankad where he did everything with both bat and ball. We were 17/5, he started with playing along the ground but once he got may be about 80-90, that’s when he started to go over the top. It’s the best one-day innings that I have seen because look at the circumstances, the pitch and the conditions and then the way he played.advertisement1999: Anil Kumble’s 10-wicket haul vs Pakistan in Feroz Shah KotlaThe way Anil bowled, the way he varied his line and the pace with which he bowled. I think it was just marvellous to see the way he spun the web around the Pakistani batsmen and remember, he was bowling to batsmen who play spin regularly.2001: Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s record-breaking 335-run partnership vs Australia at Eden GardensYou had men of steel like Rahul and VVS and both of them, what a marvellous partnership they stitched together and they made it look so easy. The ball was turning and there was Glenn McGrath nagging around your off-stump but these two looked absolutely unshakeable.2004: India defeating Pakistan in Test series in PakistanIt was pretty much an impregnable fortress, many teams had gone and not won. Therefore, for India to do the virtually impossible, beat Pakistan in Pakistan, took some doing. Everyone got the runs and then the bowlers picked wickets, it was a pure team performance and how everyone gets excited about India-Pakistan encounter.2007: Inaugural T20 World Cup victory in South Africa Till then Indian cricket had not taken T20 cricket seriously. The fact that three of stalwarts [Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid] were not in that team and a team under a new captain [MS Dhoni], the way they rallied from impossible situations to win, it changed Indian cricket to a great extent like the 1983 World Cup.2008: Inaugural Indian Premier LeagueWhat the IPL has done is it has made cricket a very good career option. I think prior there was some money in the game but it wasn’t a career option. Now the way money has come in Indian cricket through IPL, you can now have a career and you can play just Ranji and still make a decent living.2010: Sachin Tendulkar’s double hundred in ODIs in South AfricaHe was the first, who would have thought a batsman scoring 200 in a game, that used to be a winning score once upon a time. It was almost like he broke a glass ceiling and Sachin’s 200 paved way for others Indians to get 200, there are not many players from other countries to do that. 25 years to bear the burden of expectations of the Indian cricketing public, the pressure he had and with all that, to keep his feet on the ground and work hard everyday, speaks volumes of his dedication and commitment to Indian cricket.2011: India winning the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai The pressure on the Indian team, everybody was expecting that India will win because you are the host team. To withstand all that, beat Pakistan in the semi-final and Australia in the quarter-final and then go on to win and Sri Lanka had posted a decent total, it was not easy. The way the captain finished it, it was so nonchalant, the way he hit that ball for a six and stood there and twirled that bat.advertisement
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Muttiah Muralitharan might be the most successful bowler in the history of Test cricket by the time he ended but when he started playing cricket, he had no idea what he wanted to do as a bowler.Speaking at AajTak Salaam Cricket 2018, Muralitharan, who has 800 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game, revealed that he stared off as a fast bowler and even tried leg-spin before settling in as an off-spinner.”When I started playing cricket, I bowled fast but it didn’t work. Then I tried leg spin and that didn’t work and then I became an off-spinner. My wrist works like leg spinners, that’s why I would get a lot of turn,” said Muralitharan.He also revealed how Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev helped him understand the tricks of the trade and become a better bowler.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”On my first overseas tour of India in 1990, I was getting hit everywhere despite getting wickets. I went to Azhar (Azharuddin) bhai in his room and asked how I could be consistent. Then I went to Kapil Dev and he said you can turn as much as I don’t care, if you can’t bowl straight, it’s not going to spin,” Murali said.The legendary Sri Lanka spinner, who was one of the very few bowlers, who perfected the art of ‘doosra’, said that he learnt how to bowl the delivery from Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”I saw Saqlain Mushtaq then and he was bowling the doosra and I didn’t understand and then I practiced and practiced and somehow I got my wrist in play. Nowadays people want to get more variations.. each person’s grip is different and you have to adapt,” said Muralitharan.advertisementMuralitharan also said that he had no clue how to bowl to Indian and Pakistani batsmen when he started off.Also read – India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees”When I started bowling, I had no clue how to get them out, they used good defence.. I was taking five wicket hauls but still they were scoring against me. The batting talent for spin was there because they were so good.”These days if you are a spin bowler, you just have to bowl maiden overs and you get a five-wicket haul,” said Muralitharan.Also read – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamMurali ended his career with a total of 1347 wickets and is still the most successful bowler in the history of the game. He has taken 800 wickets in Test cricket, 534 in ODIs and 13 in T20 cricket.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza lauded his fielders for putting on a brilliant show against Pakistan in their must-win game in the Asia Cup 2018 Super 4s in Abu Dhabi.The Bangladesh fielders backed their bowlers brilliantly and took some blinders to peg Pakistan back and ultimately win the game by 37 runs and qualify for the final, where they will face India on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.It all started in the first over itself, when Rubel Hossain timed his jumped perfectly and caught the ball to send Fakhar Zaman back to the pavilion for 1 in Pakistan’s chase of 240. Mushfiqur Rahim then followed it up with a brilliant diving catch to his right to send Sarfraz Ahmed packing.But the best of the lot came from the captain itself, when he flew to his left and pulled off a blinder to get the wicket of Shoaib Malik, who was settling in well with Imam-ul-Haq and looked all set for another big knock.Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match report | HighlightsAnd Mortaza was extremely proud of his boys.”We are proud of our fielding today. We haven’t seen such quality in a long time. Hopefully we will continue our fielding like this. I was lucky I didn’t drop that catch (Shoaib Malik catch). He was in such good form and if he didn’t get out, he would have carried on,” said Mortaza.Bangladesh are in the Asia Cup final!Mustafizur ends with a fixture-best 4/43 as Pakistan finish on 202/9, losing by 37 runs.Bangladesh will face India on Friday with the Asia Cup title on the line.#PAKvBAN SCORE https://t.co/FHksHq828g#AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/1iodHjcgIiadvertisementICC (@ICC) September 26, 2018He also praised Mushfiqur and Mohammad Mithun for their 144-run stand for the fourth wicket, that brought Bangladesh back into the game.”Mushy batted so well and Mithun also batted well,” said Mortaza.Also read – We were poor in all departments, my own performance bad: Sarfraz AhmedWhat also worked in Bangladesh’s favour was the way Mortaza rotated his bowlers and how the responded to their captain. While Mustafizur Rahman stood out by taking four wickets, the likes of Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar also played their part in choking the Pakistani batsmen, who could only manage 202/9 from their 50 overs.”Normally I start with the ball, but today we changed a bit with our bowling plan today. Started with Fizz and Mehidy. The bowlers have done a good job. At the end, the bowlers are brilliant,” said an elated Mortaza at the post-match awards ceremony.However, he is wary of the shortcomings and said that the side still has to improve if they want to beat India in the final of the tournament.”We still have to improve in our batting and bowling in some parts.We all know that India is a serious side and the number one side the world. We will be missing Shakib and Tamim but the boys have showed character and one match to go, and hopefully the boys will play hard,” said Mortaza before signing off.
Sunil Gavaskar lauded Prithvi Shaw for his sensational hundred on Test debut and said the 18-year-old showed he belonged to the highest level. On Wednesday, Gavaskar had said Shaw fully deserved his first India cap.Shaw justified the faith of the selectors and the Indian cricket fraternity at large when he became the fourth youngest batsman to score a hundred on Test debut during the first match against West Indies in Rajkot.India vs West Indies: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PHOTOSShaw also happens to be the youngest of 15 Indian batsmen to score a hundred on Test debut. Gavaskar was impressed with what he saw of the young man.”He (Shaw) showed he belonged to the Test level and the West Indies bowlers gave him some loose deliveries to get him going. It was a very good pitch to bat on but having said that, you still have to get runs and he did that in style,” Gavaskar told India Today.Also read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaGavaskar, who had himself debuted against West Indies (albeit a far more fearsome on far quicker pitches), said he was happy and proud for Shaw, who made an immediate statement.However, Gavaskar pointed out there would be sterner tests ahead for Shaw in the time to come.Also read – Prithvi Shaw: 1st man to hit hundreds on Ranji, Duleep Trophy and Test debut”I am very happy for him.. India have got a terrific opening batsman now. But there will be some very stern tests ahead. The opposition does not know about you to begin with but they start preparing for you as you play more and more,” he said.advertisement Prithvi Shaw is the only Indian to score a ton on Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Test debut (BCCI Photo)Gavaskar noted Shaw’s high level of confidence. Having walked out to bat with KL Rahul, Shaw decided to take first strike on his first day as an international cricketer. Normally, the task of facing up to the first ball is left to the senior pro. But Shaw showed he was ready to fight from ball one.Also read – This one is for my dad: Prithvi Shaw dedicates debut hundred to his hero”His confidence level is very high. Rahul was at the other end… he had got a hundred in his previous Test at The Oval but Shaw took strike. He did not know how the pitch would behave or see how the bowlers were bowling. His confidence stood out,” Gavaskar said.Shaw, meanwhile, dedicated his debut hundred to his father who had made several sacrifices to see his son reach the highest level.”I was thinking about Dad, as he has sacrificed a lot for me…. My first hundred.. it’s all for him. Whenever I score, I score for him,” Shaw told th official broadcasters at the end of the day.Also read – Prithvi Shaw’s majestic debut Test hundred floors India cricket legendsThere was a lot of hype around Shaw’s debut. Sunil Gavaskar had lauded his selection and said the teenager deserved his first Test cap. Shaw showed what exactly Gavaskar meant when he unleashed some breathtaking shots on Thursday. Playing for India means the world to Shaw and he was not going to waste any opportunity.”Playing for India, it was a big thing for me. I wanted to make this chance count. It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well in front of these guys.”Every cricketer dreams of coming into the Indian side. I did not want to give up my wicket,” Shaw said.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Chinese handset manufacturer nubia on Wednesday launched a gaming smartphone Red Magic in India for Rs 29,999.The smartphone would be available on Amazon.in from December 20, the company said in a statement.The 5.99-inches full-HD smartphone is packed with an optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8GB RAM and dual-lane 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 storage.”The launch of Red Magic has especially been crafted for the rising gaming community in India and will be a benchmark in its segment,” said Dheeraj Kukreja, Director, nubia India.The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo and houses 3800mAh battery.”We truly believe that with some of the unparalleled features like RGB strip, GameBoost Mode, Cooling Fans, 3800mAh battery that we have packed in this revolutionary device, the experience will be power packed in every way,” Kukreja added.The smartphone sports a 24MP rear camera and a 8MP selfie shooter.–IANSvc/na/bg
After the success of Christmas santas, the age of Christmas granddads has finally arrived.Breaking the myth of old age, a 69-year old man is seen acing all the hip-hop moves like a boss in a home Christmas video that has broken the internet.Shared by reporter and host for AT&T Sportsnet Julia Morales on her Twitter, the video is part of an annual home production of her family, only this time, her father is the main star.Our family Christmas card/video is live. We do this year every year and my dad (who is 69 years old) nails it. Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas. pic.twitter.com/RLCCwHqdLjJulia Morales (@JuliaMorales) 25 December 2018Along with her tweet, Julia writes, “Our family Christmas card/video is live. We do this year every year and my dad (who is 69 years old) nails it. Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas.”Created like a music video, the video opens with Jessie, Julia’s brother tossing Christmas presents to family members. As soon as he tosses Julia’s father’s present, he opens the box, wears the sunglasses and nails his club walk like a pro, launching into action.The viral family card video is apparently from last year.The man sports a hip-hop jacket and other accessories as the video progresses into synchronised dance moves performed by the family members.Meanwhile, Twitter has gone into a frenzy obsessing over the hot old man and does not know how to handle it. Have a look:advertisement*this every year. Sorry, scarfing down eggnog French toast.Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) 25 December 2018I’ve only watched it a dozen times. Your dad remains my hero.Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) 25 December 2018Am I the only one making a request to have access to the vault of these. Need to see previous years.SCOOPandSCORE [LTC] (@SCOOP_and_SCORE) 25 December 2018Your dad makes magic! FunSCOOPandSCORE [LTC] (@SCOOP_and_SCORE) 25 December 2018Your pops totally steals the show! Sorry, Hoolia! Hope you had a Merry Christmas.Lisa Dalzell Spooner (@LisaSpoonerTV) 26 December 2018Oh my goodness!!! Your dad is awesome!! There must never be a dull moment at your house!!! Merry Christmas!!Craig Harmann (@CraigHarmann) 25 December 2018If this is not badass, then we don’t know what is?Enjoy!ALSO SEE: Guy gifts his sister a car on Christmas. Her reaction is killing the internetALSO WATCH: ‘Hello Corgi’ – Corgi waiters become furry favourites at Shanghai cafe