Leading Innovation in Digital Infrastructure

By David Wang, Executive Director Huawei

Hello, Intelligent World!

In September, Huawei released the Intelligent World 2030 white paper. The paper shows Huawei’s thoughts and outlook for the next decade. Intelligent World 2030 paints a picture of an incredible intelligent world.

By 2030, we’ll have sustainable “green” diets, more livable cities, and improved quality of life. Vehicles will become a mobile “third space” and more people will enter the MetaVerse.

Now, I can’t wait to say: Hello, intelligent world!

Infrastructure has been vital at every stage of human development. And at each stage, what flows through its pipelines represents what we value. In an agricultural society, pipelines carry water. In an industrial society, pipelines carry oil. And in an intelligent society, pipelines carry data. According to Huawei’s GIV forecasts, by 2030, global connections will top 200 billion; monthly data per cellular user will grow 40 times to 600 gigabytes; worldwide general computing volume will grow 10 times over, and the data generated will increase by 23 times, reaching one yottabyte for the first time.

The time for building solid digital infrastructure is now!

Our innovation in digital infrastructure is driven by both value and vision. We are now “diving deep” into digital, and we expect three big changes:

  1. Digital transformation will become central to office work.
  2. Production will go fully digital.
  3. Digital technologies will benefit more enterprises.

This will create new requirements and challenges.

Digital infrastructure includes sensing, connectivity, storage, and computing, as well as foundational technologies and software ecosystems. Today, I’ve brought in colleagues, customers, and partners from around the world, to share seven scenarios that are flourishing because of Huawei’s innovative products and solutions.

Of all office scenarios, digital meeting rooms, especially real-time online collaboration, have some of the highest requirements for digital infrastructure.

Optical fiber networks are critical for the information society. Huawei has long been committed to research and technological innovation in the optical industry. We have achieved great things through optical communications. Now, we are applying highly reliable optical technologies to fiber sensing to create more value for industry digital transformation.

We’ve also achieved large-scale, ultra-long-distance networking. In our live network stress tests we managed to keep jitter within 30 microseconds on a 2,000-km network with multi-hop IP nodes. The latency of each node was down to microseconds. These kinds of results have never been seen before.

If we want to achieve carbon neutrality, power grids need digital and intelligent transformation. And power grid digitalization needs 100% reliable communications networks.

These days, we are exploring the universe in R&D data centers for energy, life sciences, and high-performance computing. We are moving towards an era of High-Performance Data Analytics that integrates HPC, big data, and AI. This level of data analytics creates challenges for data storage: performance, protocols, and capacity.

As we look towards the future of digital infrastructure, we need to not only create new and innovative hardware, but also build a thriving software ecosystem.

The industry has already created a complete software ecosystem of: OS-es, languages, compilers, databases, AI frameworks, and apps.

But, there are three challenges we still need to address as we dive into digital.

First, the ecosystem will require a broader convergence of communications, information, and industrial technologies. Second, it will need to better adapt to diversified computing. Third, we will need an ecosystem that is shared, open-source, and jointly constructed.

With these new challenges in mind, Huawei will continue working with: partners, developers, and open source organizations from around the world.

Each and every R&D employee at Huawei lives and breathes innovation. No matter what comes our way, innovation will remain constant. Innovation, at its core, drives industry development and creates value for customers and the entire value chain.

To sum up, our innovation in digital infrastructure centers on:

  • Breakthroughs in basic theories and algorithms
  • Technology spillover
  • Technical architecture
  • Product architecture
  • Industry pace
  • Industry direction
  • Industry creation

We will remain committed to innovation and hold the lead in digital infrastructure.

Just as a single beam unfolds into many colors, a single idea unfolds into many paths forward. This is the heart of innovation.

We are excited to see how this rainbow of innovation will shape the future.

This blog is an edited version of a speech given at Huawei Connect the full text can be found here: https://blog.huawei.com/2021/09/24/leading-innovation-digital-infrastructure/

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