Rome was built on aqueducts: Why green light networks need priority?
Ancient Rome, as the treasure of European civilization, lasted for a long time and covered a wide area, which was the largest in Europe.The most iconic sights of Ancient Rome were not the temples and pyramids, but the aqueducts that towered into the sky.According to archaeological evidence, Roman architects always prioritized the planning of canals in each city they visited.The convenience of water resources not only solved the water supply of the Roman city, provided water for public baths and fountains, but also strengthened the economic vitality of various industries in the Roman city and improved the urban ecological environment.If water was the primary driver of urban and economic development in the classical era, computing power and data are now the “new source” of economic development in the smart age.At a time when the world hopes to gain development opportunities in digital economy and technological innovation, what kind of “Roman aqueduct” should we build for computing, intelligence and data?The 2022 Mobile World Congress is scheduled to take place in Barcelona from February 28 to March 3.In this year’s MWC, the construction and upgrading of all-optical network is still the focus of the industry.The continuous construction and timely upgrading of optical networks may be the Roman aqueduct of the digital world.From the perspective of global operators, it is necessary to promote the continuous construction of green optical networks today.If The glory of Rome began with its aqueducts, the prosperity of the digital age needs to start with optical networks.At present, the world has entered a new era of development and economic cycle.The rapid development of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, VR and other technical variables has accelerated the integration of information technology and traditional industries.ICT technology development and infrastructure construction have become the center of economic and social operation.Among the technological variables of this era, the two most critical points are the common maturity and coordinated development of multiple technologies;And the explosion of computing power. Computing is everywhere.To cope with these two big changes, we must stick to the principle of “network first”.Technological opportunities such as AI, 5G and cloud computing are like water in the mountains, while big data and large-scale computing demand are the water demand in cities.There must be a sufficiently efficient and large number of channels to combine the two.To deal with the outbreak of computing power and capture the opportunities of multiple technologies, we need to start from the construction plan of network upgrade.At present, there are three basic network upgrading requirements across the world: 1. The coordinated development of multiple technologies requires a network capable of carrying diversified services and technologies.For example, the rise of VR and meta-universe put forward a great test to network delay.2. The development of industrial economy, especially the continuous upgrading of digital economy, requires the corresponding network as a prerequisite.Generally speaking, regional economic revival in the post-EPIDEMIC era cannot be achieved without online and cloud, which are guaranteed by network conditions.3. The appeal of geographical development is closely related to network upgrading.Not long ago, Germany and France proposed a multi-billion euro European technology revitalization project.It is not just investment that drives technology development. It is also building an infrastructure that is imaginative enough to allow innovation in the technology sector.These demands lead to the continuous strengthening of the task of network construction in this era.In many network upgrade schemes, the existence of two deterministic factors makes “optical network first” become a new network development principle.The green trend, which requires the optical network to give priority to the standing aqueducts, has made Rome clean, beautiful and environmentally friendly.Aqueducts carry the environmental protection task of the age, optical network brings environmental protection value to the intelligent age.At present, all parts of the world continue to promote the digital economy and digital infrastructure energy conservation and environmental protection.European countries and regions bear the brunt of this trend.Huawei GIV predicts that by 2025, the average carbon emission per connection of ICT will be reduced by 80%, and the global energy saving and emission reduction brought by ICT industry will exceed its own operating energy consumption and carbon emission.When it comes to the greening of digital infrastructure, the priority may be the energy saving of data centers, as well as the continuous expansion of enterprises into the cloud and the reduction of machine room construction.However, as a key component of the trinity of storage, computing and network, the green environmental protection of the network is also very important.In the current communication industry network media, optical network is the most green value of one kind, can be said to be the first choice of the development of The Times.As the web becomes an economic necessity, all-optical networks can strike the right balance between the digital economy and energy conservation.The centralization of computing power, which required optical networks to upgrade waterways and roads, solved Rome’s infrastructure problems, promoted the urbanization of the Roman Empire, and then activated the general prosperity of various industries.Computing power is the water of the age, and optical networks are its Roman aqueducts.In order to cope with the multi-technology development and provide abundant computing power support for every enterprise and every industry, the centralization of computing power is an inevitable development trend at present.Centralization of computing power means upgrading not only data centers but also network infrastructure.At present, the integration of cloud network has become the main trend of network upgrading around the world, and when the further development of computing power centralization, the future is bound to appear from the integration of cloud network to the overall upgrade of computing power network.Computing power network is the deep integration of computing power and network. Computing and network are developing from a relatively independent state to integration, symbiosis and integration.At present, the cloud network fusion scheme accepted by the industry is an important exploration of the development of computing power and network fusion.As the cloud trend continues to move forward from enterprises, the construction of computing power centralization needs a network environment suitable for it, which is computing power network.When a country, society, or region adopts the centralized computing power supply strategy, the network needs to ensure that computing power can be precisely used by various enterprises, academic institutions, and government agencies within the region, so as to maximize the construction value of computing power.In this case, high-quality OTN network is the first choice for upgrading, and it is also the key for the region to grasp the bonus of digital technology progress and promote the centralization of computing.From Asia to Europe, large-scale construction of new data centers and intelligent computing platforms has become the biggest hot spot in the technology industry.The upgrade and adaptation of all-optical network is an important development opportunity for operators under the trend of centralized computing power.Green network, Computing power Network, Modern Network In general, in order to meet the network needs of the multi-technology and computing power explosion era, the new network must have two characteristics of green and centralized computing power.Considering both high speed and green energy saving, improving coverage and quality of optical network is the most important network construction strategy.All-optical networks have irreplaceable advantages in adapting to diverse computing, meeting the needs of new data centers, and adapting to new technological opportunities such as AI, autonomous driving, and metasomes.To build this new all-optical network in line with green network and computing power network, global operators need to consider the following aspects of network construction strategy: 1.The concept of time delay circle is established, and the time delay of OTN link is optimized with computing power as the center, and the multi-stage computing power time delay circle of 1ms within the city, 5ms within the province, 10ms within the region and 20ms between regions is constructed, so as to realize the rapid matching of sufficient computing power between enterprises and scientific research institutions, so as to meet the needs of business and scientific research innovation.2. Promote the integrated development of optical network, connect and pre-deploy optical network construction with data center, storage center and AI computing platform, and carry out unified top-level design.This construction plan will also strengthen and upgrade the position and opportunities of operators in the computing industry.3. Provide users with a variety of connection methods, build an optical network system that can be accessed on demand and efficiently by enterprises, and meet their differentiated demands for network use and computing power.So as to achieve flexible and diversified business layout of operators.4. Realize network collaboration, optimize and coordinate network resources through advanced computing such as automatic driving network, realize enterprises and regions to use the network according to demand, adjust bandwidth and network service mode at any time.Under these network upgrade ideas, optical network can effectively carry the function of computing power and data transmission, give consideration to both efficiency and environmental protection, and provide an invisible traffic artery for economic development and scientific and technological innovation.The Romans discovered the need to build aqueducts in the mountains, a wisdom that has spread over thousands of years, and today’s global communications industry sees unlimited prospects for the upgrading of optical networks.