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Build and Deploy GPU-Accelerated 5G Virtual Radio Access Networks (vRAN)

NVIDIA Aerial is an Application framework for building high performance, software-defined, cloud-native 5G applications to address increasing consumer demand. Optimize your results with parallel processing on GPU for baseband signals and data flow.

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100% Software Defined

NVIDIA Aerial SDK is a highly-programmable PHY layer and has the capability to support L2+ functions seamlessly.

High Performance and AI Ready

With GPU-accelerated processing, complex computations run faster than existing L1 processing solutions. Faster implementation of L1 functions give improved performance results.


100% commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware support with Aerial SDK makes it easier to deploy cloud-native services.


NVIDIA Aerial is a set of SDKs that enable GPU-accelerated, software-defined 5G wireless RANs. Today, NVIDIA Aerial provides two critical SDKs: cuVNF and cuBB.

The NVIDIA cuVNF SDK provides optimized input/output (I/O) with memory allocations and support for network data flow and processing use cases. cuVNF improves performance for signal processing with NVIDIA GPU multi-core compute capability. It provides speed at line rate for I/O for packet flow and developers can spin off other VNFs, e.g. deep packet inspection, firewall and so on. As a part of cuVNF, GPU enabled DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) supports high speed data transfer from devices connected to GPU. cuVNF also supports NVIDIA CUDA-X signal processing libraries like cuFFT and NPP offers drop-in APIs and over 5,000 primitives for image and signal processing.

The NVIDIA cuBB SDK provides a fully-offloaded 5G PHY layer processing pipeline (5G L1) which delivers unprecedented throughput and efficiency by keeping entire processing within the GPU’s high-performance memory. With 5G NR based uplink and downlink channel implementation, cuBB SDK provides high performance for latency and bandwidth utilization. As a part of cuBB, NVIDIA cuPHY SDK provides beamforming, LDPC encode/decode and other functionalities for PHY pipeline and interfacing fronthaul as well as Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

NVIDIA Aerial is Kubernetes based

Aerial SDK implements on COTS as well as cloud-native platforms such as EGX. It is the single software programming model that goes from Pico cells to CRAN to DRAN.

NVIDIA Aerial SDK is cloud-native software providing resources for faster execution of RAN functions. Aerial SDK is Kubernetes based and provides container orchestration for ease of deployment and management. Cross platform support with NVIDIA EGX stack gives a wide range of services that can run edge applications. NVIDIA EGX is an enterprise-grade accelerated computing platform that enables companies to run real-time low-latency applications at the edge. To achieve the highest level of reliability, Aerial SDKs and libraries undergo extensive testing against the EGX software stack with an emphasis on performance and long-term stability.

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NVIDIA Aerial Developer Kit

Designed to jumpstart performance evaluation and benchmarking for RAN development, the NVIDIA Aerial™ Developer Kit includes preconfigured software and test vectors to deliver an out-of-the-box guided experience.

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NVIDIA Aerial vRAN partners

“SoftBank Corp. is committed to driving innovation in 5G networks, including by adopting softwarization and relying on centralized radio access networks, to improve and guarantee customers’ experiences. We believe that Nvidia’s GPUs and Aerial SDK will play an instrumental role in this effort and we welcome the results of our joint collaboration - the world’s first - that show outstanding performance in running vRAN networks using Nvidia’s GPU. Integrating vRANs with edge computing and the AI ecosystem is key to delivering high performance 5G experiences and creating innovative solutions for the telco industry.”

Ryuji Wakikawa, Vice President, Head of Advanced Technology Division, SoftBank Corp.

“The telco industry is eagerly adopting cloud-native architecture to meet the growing compute demands of 5G. We are learning firsthand how the remarkable compute performance of NVIDIA GPUs, together with NVIDIA’s Aerial SDKs, can address the challenges of building flexible, high-performance virtualized telecom networks. We look forward to Aerial’s continued development.”

Yasuyuki Nakajima, president and CEO, KDDI Research, Inc.

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