Arrcus to demonstrate secure 5G networking on NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPUs


Arrcus’ Network Operating System running on Bluefield data processing units, delivers high performance secure 5G networks

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Mar. 14, 2024 – Arrcus, the hyperscale networking software company and a leader in core, edge, and multi-cloud routing and switching infrastructure announced it will conduct demonstrations to realize secure 5G slicing by using SRv6 Mobile User Plane (MUP) led by SoftBank Corp. Implemented with SRv6 MUP technology on the NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU, the proof of concept seeks to deliver data through a secure 5G network slice.

"We are thrilled to work with NVIDIA and SoftBank to accelerate the deployment of secure 5G network slices," said Shekar Ayyar, Chairman, and CEO of Arrcus. "SRv6 MUP technology, developed in collaboration with SoftBank, combined with NVIDIA BlueField DPUs, offers a powerful solution that helps address the evolving needs of modern networks, providing advanced security and efficiency while unlocking new revenue opportunities for service providers."

"NVIDIA BlueField DPUs are purpose-built to offload, accelerate, and isolate data center workloads, making them ideal for secure and power efficient 5G network slices,” said Ronnie Vasishta, Senior Vice President of Telecom at NVIDIA. "The integration of BlueField DPUs with Arrcus’ SRv6 technology will help make the deployment of a secure 5G network possible."

Network slicing, facilitated by Arrcus' SRv6 MUP implementation, offers automated end-to-end segmentation of network resources, enabling the delivery of advanced applications and services. Additionally, security is paramount in the delivery of network slices, particularly for tasks like secure data transportation for enterprise AI inference and training. IPSec adds end-to-end encryption and authentication to secure the traffic on the network slices.

One of the critical challenges in delivering network slicing with IPSec encryption lies in the attainable network throughput, as it is constrained by the limitations of standard compute processors. BlueField DPUs offload the compute-intensive encrypted data path from CPUs, accelerating it with dedicated hardware. This frees up CPU resources for critical applications while ensuring high-performance data delivery.

In a move aimed at addressing these challenges, Arrcus is now conducting demonstrations to realize secure 5G slicing by using SRv6 MUP led by SoftBank. The demonstrations leverage BlueField DPUs and Arrcus' ArcOS network operating system (NOS) solution, aiming to deliver end-to-end network slicing and offer simplicity, high performance, and a lower total cost of ownership.

"SoftBank is committed to delivering the most advanced and secure 5G network to our customers," said Keiichi Makizono, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at SoftBank Corp. "These demonstrations of SRv6 MUP using Arrcus’ ArcOS NOS running on NVIDIA BlueField DPUs are a major step forward in achieving this goal."

This work underscores Arrcus' commitment to innovation and its dedication to delivering cutting-edge solutions that empower service providers to meet the demands of tomorrow's networks. By integrating powerful technology from NVIDIA, Arrcus is helping drive the evolution of 5G networks, paving the way for enhanced connectivity, security, and performance.

Arrcus is excited to announce its participation at the NVIDIA GTC global AI developer conference, scheduled from March 18th to 21st in San Jose, California. Visit Arrcus at the Inception pavilion, stand I-143, to explore its innovative solutions. Don't miss Arrcus’ GTC session on Thursday, March 21st at 9:00 am PDT, where its founder and CTO, Keyur Patel, will be joined by Ash Bhalgat, Senior Director of Market Development at NVIDIA, and Katsuhiro Horiba, Director of Network Research Office at SoftBank's Research Institute of Advanced Technology. Together, they will delve into Achieving Zero Trust Security and High Efficiency for 5G Networks.

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About Arrcus

Arrcus was founded to enhance business efficiency through superior network connectivity. The Arrcus Connected Edge (ACE) platform offers best-in-class networking with the most flexible consumption model at the lowest total cost of ownership. The Arrcus team consists of world-class technologists who have an unparalleled record in shipping industry-leading networking products, complemented by industry thought leaders, operating executives, strategic partners and top-tier VCs. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Bangalore, India, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, go to or follow @arrcusinc.

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