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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.

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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 enables GPU-accelerated signal and data processing for 5G wireless RANs.

The NVIDIA Aerial SDK package simplifies building programmable and scalable software-defined 5G RAN. The Aerial SDK supports:

CUDA Baseband (cuBB)
The NVIDIA cuBB SDK provides a GPU-accelerated 5G signal processing pipeline, including cuPHY for Layer 1 5G PHY. It delivers unprecedented throughput and efficiency by keeping all physical layer processing within the high-performance GPU memory.

CUDA Virtual Network Functions (cuVNF) The NVIDIA cuVNF SDK provides optimized input/output and packet processing, exchanging packets directly between GPU memory and GPUDirect®-capable NVIDIA ConnectX®-6 DX network interface cards.

NVIDIA Aerial is Kubernetes based

The Aerial SDK works on COTS hardware and cloud-native platforms such as NVIDIA EGX™. It’s the single software programming model that goes from pico cells to centralized RAN (CRAN) to distributed RAN (DRAN).

The NVIDIA Aerial SDK is cloud native, providing resources for faster execution of RAN functions. It’s Kubernetes based and provides container orchestration for ease of deployment and management. Cross-platform support with the 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.

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.


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 and 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.

NVIDIA Aerial In Action

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