Alan Gatherer, Huawei, USA


Wireless in the cloud: Efficiency, real time and flexibility


Lately there has been a lot of discussion and some demonstration of wireless infrastructure implemented in a "cloud" manner. But there are still many questions to be answered before this can be seen as a viable or even desirable technology for the wireless infrastructure business. In this talk we focus on the technical challenges of taking what is traditionally a real time embedded system with strict low power constraints into a cloud environment. In particular we will look at the problem from both the "glass half full" position (what new capabilities and opportunities are made possible) as well as the "glass half empty" position (the challenges in making this a viable technology at all) to give a balanced view of the market opportunities. Our focus will be on the changing role of the SoC in this new paradigm.


Alan Gatherer is the CTO for Baseband System on Chip in Huawei Technologies, USA. He is responsible for R&D efforts in the US to develop next generation baseband chips and software for 3G and 4G basestation modems. Alan joined Huawei in January 2010. Prior to that he was a TI Fellow and CTO at Texas Instruments where he led the development of high performance, multicore DSP at TI and worked on various telecommunication standards. Alan has authored multiple journal and conference papers and is regularly asked to give keynote and plenary talks at communication equipment conferences. In addition, he holds over 60 awarded patents and is author of the book “The Application of Programmable DSPs in Mobile Communications.” Alan holds a bachelor of engineering in microprocessor engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. He also attended Stanford University in California where he received a master’s in electrical engineering in 1989 and his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1993.

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