Posted: 04 Feb 2020 03:08 PM PST

Today, February 4, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), following on the heels of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning, solicited the assistance of gateway carriers to help "track down the originators of illegal foreign spoofed robocalls."

Rosemary Harold, the Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, sent letters to seven gateway service providers: All Access, Globex, Piratel, Talkie, Telcast, ThinQ and Third Base. As TCPAWorld previously reported, last week, the FTC announced that it had written 19 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, warning that "assisting and facilitating illegal telemarketing robocalling is against the law."

The FCC letters went to U.S.-based voice service providers that "accept foreign traffic and terminate it to U.S. consumers." They serve as "gateways…for robocalls that originate overseas." FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief  Harold seeks information from each company about "business practices regarding the foreign traffic that your company carries." For example, the Bureau wants to know "what procedure does [each] employ  to ensure that the Caller ID information associated with foreign call traffic has not been unlawfully spoofed?" Further, "have you taken any actions in the last six months to either terminate or restrict foreign traffic that you suspected to be illegal?"

Responses are due by February 17.

In keeping with these trace back initiatives, FCC Chairman Pai has circulated to his fellow Commissioners proposed new rules that would "establish a registration process for selecting a consortium to conduct private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls." This proposal would implement a provision in the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, which became law at the very end of last year.

This last initiative signals the start of a string of requirements imposed on the FCC by that new statute. TCPAWorld previously laid them out here.

I-26 Connector Environmental Impact Statement released, major hurdle for project - Citizen Times

Posted: 05 Feb 2020 04:51 AM PST


A look at how the proposed I-26 connector will change West Asheville. Asheville Citizen Times

The I-26 Connector project, which at nearly $1 billion will be one of the largest highways projects ever in Western North Carolina, has passed a hurdle with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

"The release of the FEIS is a major milestone for this project, which will reduce traffic congestion, increase commerce in the region, provide an improved gateway into Asheville, and include bicycle and pedestrian facilities," said Mark Gibbs, Division 13 engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation, in a press release. "Our local partners have helped us reach this critical step which brings the project closer to becoming a reality."

The press release notes the DOT anticipates final federal approval of the project this summer, when the Federal Highway Administration issues its Record of Decision. The FEIS also confirms the DOT's earlier decision on the preferred route plan.

"Right of way acquisition for parts of the project may begin this year, and transportation officials anticipate starting phased construction in the next few years," the release states.

The FEIS report is available here: ncdot.gov/projects/asheville-i-26-connector/Pages/final-environmental-impact-statement.aspx

The N.C. DOT also has finalized the I-26 Connector Traffic Noise Report, which documents the project's preliminary traffic noise analysis. That is available here: ncdot.gov/projects/asheville-i-26-connector/Documents/I-2513-traffic-noise-report-optimized.pdf

In discussions and planning for much of the past three decades, the I-26 Connector project will connect Interstate 26 in southwest Asheville to U.S. 19‐23‐70 (Future I-26) in northwest Asheville, with a total length of about 7 miles. The Connector will upgrade and widen Interstate 240 from Interstate 40 to Patton Avenue, and then cross the French Broad River as a new freeway to U.S. 19‐23‐70, slightly south of the Broadway interchange.

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'Project commitments'

The lengthy report has a long list of "Project Commitments," including a section called "Environmental Justice" that notes the DOT has developed the Burton Street Neighborhood Plan in coordination with members of the Burton Street Community Association. The historically African American community in West Asheville will see impacts from the road building, and the plan lists "mitigation strategies" the DOT will implement to address potential impacts to the neighborhood due to the proposed project.

While the Burton Street Neighborhood Plan indicates that Community Baptist Church would be displaced, the DOT says the project designs have been "refined to eliminate the need to relocate this property. Only a small portion of the parking lot is anticipated to be impacted, and the church will not need to be relocated."


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Other commitments for the Burton Street neighborhood include:

  • Incorporating a Burton Street history mural on proposed I‐26 Connector sound wall if built. 
  • Improving existing sidewalks to meet Americans with Disability Act design standards, and improving pedestrian connections by installing a sidewalk on Downing Street.
  • Improving sidewalk connections between commercial corridors, and including a pedestrian path from Buffalo Street to Patton Avenue that will connect to a future greenway.
  • Evaluating opportunities for new transit stops, such as near Burton Street and Haywood Road, and installing bus shelters and other improvements at transit stops near Burton.
  • Installing a sidewalk along Patton Avenue to connect pedestrian path and transit stop.

Animals, Riverside Cemetery protected

The Commitments section also notes the DOT will coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding potential impacts to the gray bat and the Appalachian elktoe, a type of mussel.


Regarding historic Riverside Cemetery, the burial site of many Asheville notables, including author O. Henry, the Commitments section notes that the DOT agrees with historic preservationists that the project would have an "adverse effect" on the local landmark.

"The N.C. DOT is working with the newly formed Asheville Aesthetics Advisory Committee to design appropriate landscaping measures to minimize the visual effects of the elevated roadway adjacent to the cemetery," the document states.

Want to see a printed copy?

Printed copies of the Environmental Impact Statement are available. In WNC, read it at: 

  • N.C. DOT Division 13 Office, 55 Orange St., Asheville (by appointment)
  • Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville
  • West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, Asheville
  • Buncombe County Law Library,  60 Court Plaza , Asheville
  • D. Hiden Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville
  • French Broad River MPO, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville

The public may review and comment on the Environmental Impact Statement within 60 days to be included as part of the public record for the comment period. Send comments to: Senior Project Manager Kevin Moore, PE, at kemoore2@ncdot.gov or at 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1582.

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What's New in HPC Research: Blockchain, Explosions, Autonomous Vehicles & More - HPCwire

Posted: 05 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

In this bimonthly feature, HPCwire highlights newly published research in the high-performance computing community and related domains. From parallel programming to exascale to quantum computing, the details are here.

Enabling blockchain-as-a-service on HPC systems

Blockchain has the potential to integrate well with certain services on HPC platforms, but it currently lacks elements that would enable that integration. In this paper, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Davis, discuss what they consider the "two missing pieces": new consensus protocols for shared storage in HPC and new fault-tolerant mechanisms that compensate for MPI, which can be vulnerable when handling blockchain workloads. The authors introduce their solutions for these missing pieces, showing performance improvements relative to comparable solutions.

Authors: Abdullah Al-Mamun and Dongfan Zhao.

Using heterogeneous machine learning on HPC for driving autonomous vehicles

AI has managed to tackle the operation of fully autonomous self-driving cars with reasonable success in test environments. However, these researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) argue that machine-trained driving remains unable to generalize to a wide range of scenarios and often locks effective training data. To those ends, the authors introduce an approach that uses a combination of conditional imitation learning, reinforcement learning and HPC to train a neural network for autonomous driving.

Authors: Robert Patton, Shang Gao, Spencer Paulissen, Nicholas Haas, Brian Jewell, Xiangyu Zhang and Peter Graf.

Composing data services for HPC environments using Mochi

HPC has enabled a wide variety of new, high-performance data services that complement the increased computing power. This paper (written by a team from Argonne National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Los Alamos National Laboratory and The HDF Group) introduces Mochi, a framework that "enables composition of specialized distributed data services from a collection of connectable modules and subservices." The authors argue that Mochi provides more specialized data services that will prove useful to HPC users.

Authors: Robert B. Ross, George Amvrosiadis, Philip Carns, Charles D. Cranor, Matthieu Dorier, Kevin Harms, Greg Ganger, Garth Gibson, Samuel K. Gutierrez, Robert Latham, Bob Robey, Dana Robinson, Bradley Settlemyer, Galen Shipman, Shane Snyder, Jerome Soumagne and Qing Zheng.

Developing an HPC flexible platform for seismic applications

Supercomputers are now allowing researchers to tackle seismology questions, such as fossil fuel extraction and earthquake prediction, in new and improved ways. In this paper, written by a team from Saudi Aramco, the authors introduce "GeoDRIVE," an HPC framework tailored for "massive seismic applications." Touting the framework's "versatile design," the authors highlight how GeoDRIVE will unlock new capabilities for seismic applications, reducing uncertainties in seismic modeling and reducing drilling risks.

Authors: Suha N. Kayum, Thierry Tonellot, Vincent Etienne, Ali Momin, Ghada Sindi, Maxim Dmitriev and Hussain Salim.

Optimizing simulations of gas explosions using HPC

Researchers from INSEMEX Petrosani in Romania highlight their efforts to improve HPC-based simulations of flammable air-gas explosions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). By applying ANSYS Fluent and running the simulations on an HPC cluster, the team improved the scalability and speed of the simulations. They highlight how the improved simulations will help the Romanian mining industry understand prevent air-methane explosions.

Authors: Laurenţiu Munteanu, Marius Cornel Şuvar and Ligia Ioana Tuhuţ.

Building a scientific gateway for high-performance Brazilian bioinformatics

This paper introduces "BioinfoPortal," a gateway designed to enable bioinformatics for the Brazilian National High Performance Computing System. The authors – a team from Brazil's National Laboratory of Scientific Computing and Fluminense Federal University – highlight the capabilities of the new framework and outline the challenges of integrating BioinfoPortal with the system's CSGrid middleware. They present their findings on BioinfoPortal's performance, which they were able to optimize up to 75 percent performance efficiency.

Authors: Kary A.C.S.Ocaña, Marcelo Galheigoa, Carla Osthoffa, Luiz M.R.Gadelha Jr., Fabio Porto, Antônio Tadeu A. Gomes, Daniel de Oliveira and Ana Tereza Vasconcelosa.

Creating a lightweight container-based experimental platform for HPC education

HPC education can often prove difficult due to the necessity of large-scale clusters as a testbed environment for students. In this paper, written by a team from Sun Yat-sen University, the Guangdong Key Laboratory of Big Data Analysis and Processing and the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou, the authors outline how they designed, developed and implemented  a lightweight, container-based experimental platform to allow students a functional and customizable practice environment for HPC learning.

Authors: Zelong Wang, Di Wu, Zhenxiao Luo and Yunfei Du.

Do you know about research that should be included in next month's list? If so, send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

Global Enterprise Media Gateway Market Study Navigating the Future Growth Outlook | AudioCodes, Avaya, Cisco, GENBAND, Siemens, Huawei Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent - Instant Tech News

Posted: 05 Feb 2020 05:24 AM PST

Enterprise Media Gateway business document helps make known uncertainties that may crop up due to changes in business activities or the introduction of a new product in the market. The report gives CAGR (compound annual growth rate) value fluctuations for the specific forecasted period which is useful in deciding costing and investment strategies. With the meticulous competitor analysis detailed in this report, businesses can estimate or analyze the strengths and weak points of the competitors which helps create superior business strategies for their own product. All the data and statistics encompassed in this Enterprise Media Gateway business document are backed up by latest and proven tools and techniques such as SWOT analysis and Porter's Five Forces Analysis.

Statistical data provided in the Enterprise Media Gateway business document is represented with the help of different types of graphs which simplifies the understanding of facts and figures. Taking up such a market research report is always advantageous for any company, whether it is a small scale or large scale, for the marketing of products or services. This report endows clients with the information on their business scenario which aids to stay ahead of the competition in today's swiftly revolutionizing business environment. Moreover, the report analyses the common market conditions such as product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand, and market growth rate which lends a hand to businesses on deciding upon several strategies.

The global enterprise media gateway market was valued at USD 2,000.4 million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 2,218.5 million in 2025, growing at a healthy CAGR of 1.5% for the forecast period of 2018 to 2025. The upcoming market report contains data for historic year 2016, the base year of calculation is 2017 and the forecast period is 2018 to 2025.

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Major Industry Competitors: Enterprise Media Gateway Market

AudioCodes, Avaya, Cisco, GENBAND, Siemens, Huawei Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Grandstream Networkk, ADTRAN, Dialogic Corporation, ADTRAN, Sangoma Technologies Corporation, Ribbon Communications, Matrix Comsec, Haivision, Patton Electronics Co., Nuera Communications, and many more.

Revealing the Competitive scenario

In today's competitive world you need to think one step ahead to chase your competitors, our research offers reviews about key players, major collaborations, merger & acquisitions along with trending innovation and business policies to present better insights to drive the business into right direction

Key Segmentation: Enterprise Media Gateway Market

By Type (Analog, Digital), Enterprise Size (Small-sized Enterprises, Medium-sized Enterprises, Large-sized Enterprises), End-use Verticals (Telecom, IT, Media, Entertainment, Healthcare, Government Sector, Banking, Insurance, Others),

Regional Outlook

North America (US, Canada, Mexico)

South America (Brazil, Argentina, rest of south America)

Asia and Pacific region (Japan, china, India, New Zealand, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, etc)

Middle east and Africa (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, etc)

Europe (Germany, Italy, U.K, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, etc)

Rapid Business Growth Factors

In addition, the market is growing at a fast pace and the report shows us that there are a couple of key factors behind that. The most important factor that's helping the market grow faster than usual is the tough competition.

What are the major market growth drivers?

Need for high-quality communication over different networks

Modular structure of media gateways providing high flexibility to legacy networks

Session border functionality of integrated media gateways

Research strategies and tools used of Enterprise Media Gateway Market:

This Enterprise Media Gateway market research report helps the readers to know about the overall market scenario, strategy to further decide on this market project. It utilizes SWOT analysis, Porter's Five Forces Analysis and PEST analysis.

Key Points of this Report:

The depth industry chain include analysis value chain analysis, porter five forces model analysis and cost structure analysis

The report covers North America and country-wise market of Enterprise Media Gateway

It describes present situation, historical background and future forecast

Comprehensive data showing Enterprise Media Gateway capacities, production, consumption, trade statistics, and prices in the recent years are provided

The report indicates a wealth of information on Enterprise Media Gateway manufacturer

Enterprise Media Gateway market forecast for next five years, including market volumes and prices is also provided

Raw Material Supply and Downstream Consumer Information is also included

Any other user's requirements which is feasible for us

Key Developments in the Market:

In 2018, Senet, a leading provider of cloud-based software collaborated with Laird PLC, an electronics and technology company and launched Laird Sentrius LoRaWAN gateway. This gateway is pre-loaded with the Senet LoRa packet forwarder software. It provides native support for registration and operation on Senet's network.

Some extract from Table of Contents

Overview of Global Enterprise Media Gateway Market

Enterprise Media Gateway Size (Sales Volume) Comparison by Type

Enterprise Media Gateway Size (Consumption) and Market Share Comparison by Application

Enterprise Media Gateway Size (Value) Comparison by Region

Enterprise Media Gateway Sales, Revenue and Growth Rate

Enterprise Media Gateway Competitive Situation and Trends

Strategic proposal for estimating availability of core business segments

Players/Suppliers, Sales Area

Analyze competitors, including all important parameters of Enterprise Media Gateway

Global Enterprise Media Gateway Manufacturing Cost Analysis

The most recent innovative headway and supply chain pattern mapping

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