Written by Gorka Garcia, Active Contributor in the EdgeX Community and Senior Lead Engineer at Cavium Inc.
Cavium joined EdgeX Foundry last year and has been committed to get full support for ARM64 in EdgeX, as we explained in our previous blog post. One common drawback of many open source projects is the lack of both build and test in ARM platforms in their Continuous Integration systems (CI systems). This issue can affect customers – it takes time and effort from their engineering resources to work with open source projects and integrate their platform of choice. This directly affects time to market.
On March 1, the Cavium team reached a very important milestone in the process of having ARM64 support in EdgeX Foundry. We got our first EdgeX ARM64 native build and test in the CI system! Since March 1, this machine has performed more than 700 builds with their corresponding unit tests.
The Linux Foundation, which is responsible for the CI system, helped by running it on an OcteonTX platform in Cavium premises and integrating this OcteonTX platform as a build executor node in Jenkins, the CI system. With their help and comparing what was done for PC, we managed to install all the dependencies and had it working in a short time. Since March 1, this machine has performed 26 build works and there have been 141 snapshots of the ARM images built total.
Moving forward, the EdgeX community will be notified of any changes on the source code that affects ARM64 compilation and testing. The next step in this process will be getting CI system to also perform black box testing in the same platform.
Additionally, Cavium recently announced support for EdgeX on its OCTEON TX® family of products, including the CN80xx/81xx and the CN83xx series. Click here for more details.
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