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January 2019

Arc Advisory: The Linux Foundation Launches New LF Edge to Establish a Unified Open Source Framework for the Edge

By In the News

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the launch of LF Edge, an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.  LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects that will support emerging edge applications in the area of non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, faster processing and mobility.

Read more at Arc Advisory.

SDxCentral: Linux Foundation Launches LF Edge Group With 5 Projects

By In the News

The Linux Foundation today launched an edge computing initiative, called LF Edge, that will serve as an umbrella organization for the foundation’s three existing edge projects plus two new projects contributed by Samsung and Zededa.

The new group’s list of founding members reads like a who’s who of chipmakers (Arm, Intel, and Qualcomm), telecommunications companies, (AT&T, NTT, and Ericsson), cloud providers (Baidu and Tencent), and edge infrastructure vendors (Packet, Dell EMC, HPE, and IBM), to name a few.

Read more at SDxCentral.

Sensors Online: Linux Foundation Fosters Unified Open Source Framework For The Edge

By In the News

The Linux Foundation has launched LF Edge, an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects that will support emerging edge applications around non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, faster processing and mobility.

Read more at Sensors Online.

The Linux Foundation Launches New LF Edge to Establish a Unified Open Source Framework for the Edge

By Akraino, Announcement, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE

More than 60 global founding members across enterprise, IoT, telecom and cloud collaborate on open source framework for edge computing and future of IoT

SAN FRANCISCO, January 24, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the launch of LF Edge, an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects that will support emerging edge applications in the area of non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, faster processing and mobility.

LF Edge includes Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry, and Open Glossary of Edge Computing, formerly stand-alone projects at The Linux Foundation. The initiative also includes a new project contributed by Samsung Electronics, which will create a hub for real-time data collected through smart home devices, and another project from ZEDEDA, which is contributing a new agnostic standard edge architecture.

“The market opportunity for LF Edge spans industrial, enterprise and consumer use cases in complex environments that cut across multiple edges and domains. We’re thrilled with the level of support backing us at launch, with more than 60 global organizations as founding members and new project contributions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, The Linux Foundation. “This massive endorsement, combined with existing code and project contributions like Akraino from AT&T and EdgeX Foundry from Dell EMC, means LF Edge is well-positioned to transform edge and IoT application development.”

Through the formation of a software stack that brings the best of telecom, cloud, and enterprise (representing location, latency and mobility differentiation), LF Edge will help ensure greater harmonization to accelerate deployment among the rapidly growing number of edge devices slated to exceed 20 billion by 2020. In order for the broader IoT to succeed, the currently fragmented edge market needs to be able to work together to identify and protect against problematic security vulnerabilities and advance a common, constructive vision for the future of the industry.

More about LF Edge projects:  

  • Akraino Edge Stack is creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications;
  • EdgeX Foundry is focused on building a common open framework for IoT edge computing.
  • Home Edge Project, seed code contributed by Samsung Electronics, is a new project that concentrates on driving and enabling a robust, reliable, and intelligent home edge computing framework, platform and ecosystem running on a variety of devices in our daily lives.
  • Open Glossary of Edge Computing provides a concise collection of terms related to the field of edge computing.
  • Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine), contributed by ZEDEDA, will create an open and agnostic standard edge architecture that accommodates complex and diverse on- and off-prem hardware, network and application selections.

As the IoT increasingly trades legacy embedded devices for cloud native computing devices with greater compute power, edge and IoT developers need vendor-neutral platforms and a shared vocabulary for deploying and securing their devices. Industries including industrial manufacturing, cities and government, energy, transportation, retail, homes, building automation, automotive, logistics and healthcare all stand to be transformed by edge computing, which by its nature spans many different systems, domains, hardware and software.

Bringing Unity to the Fragmented Edge Computing Realm

Already home to several other thriving umbrella organizations including Cloud Native Computing Foundation, LF Networking, and LF Deep Learning The Linux Foundation provides a neutral structure for building an open source community. Under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, LF Edge will drive better, more secure development at the edge, outlining an aligned vision for the diverse and complex edge projects being built today.

LF Edge is already supported by a strong roster of industry-leading founding members: (Premier) Arm, AT&T, Baidu, Dell EMC, Dianomic Inc., Ericsson, HP Inc., HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, inwinStack, Juniper Networks, MobiledgeX, Netsia, Nokia Solutions, NTT, OSIsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Radisys, Red Hat, Samsung Electronics, Seagate Technology, Tencent, WindRiver, Wipro, ZEDEDA; and (General) Advantech Co., Alleantia srl,  Beechwoods Software Inc., Canonical Group Limited, CertusNet, CloudPlugs Inc., Concept Reply, DATA AHEAD AG, Enigmedia, EpiSensor, Foghorn Systems Inc., ForgeRock US Inc.,, Hangzhou EMQ Technologies Co. Ltd., IOTech Systems Ltd., IoTium, KMC, Linaro, Mainflux, Mocana, NetFoundry, Packet, Pluribus Networks, RackN, Redis Labs, VaporIO, Vitro Technology Corp., Volterra Inc., Wanxiang Group; and (Associate) Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Infrastructure Masons, Inc., and Project Haystack.

More details on LF Edge, including how to join as a member, are available here:

LF Edge Project Support

“End-to-end cohesion requires big companies to come together to foster the space for industrial collaboration and emerging architectures across mobile, residential, SMB and enterprise organizations when dealing with the edge,” said Roman Shaposhnik, vice president of Product and Strategy, ZEDEDA. “This initiative provides critical leadership — not just a piece of the edge puzzle — with the ultimate output being working code.”

“As devices play more important roles in our everyday lives, the edge computing is one of the key driving forces for a new computing paradigm within the IT industry,” said Seunghwan Cho, executive vice president of Samsung Research, the advanced R&D arm of Samsung Electronics’ device business. “As Samsung is one of the leading open source contributors at LF Edge, we’ll be in the forefront of realizing and accelerating edge computing, which can provide assistance to a wide array of fields, including Home Edge, Industrial, and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC).”

“The Linux Foundation has created the perfect vehicle for collaboration and coordination across the diversity of LF Edge projects,” said Matt Trifiro, former chair of the Open Glossary of Edge Computing and chief marketing officer, Vapor IO. “We see the the Open Glossary playing a vital role in fostering a shared understanding that accelerates innovation. We look forward to working with the all of the LF Edge projects to cross-pollinate terminologies and harmonize the lexicon.”

“We are thrilled by the progress of Akraino Edge Stack so far and excited to see the Linux Foundation deepen its commitment into edge computing,” said Oliver Spatscheck, former Akraino Board chair and assistant vice president at AT&T Labs. “The launch of LF Edge will accelerate edge innovation and drive real business value by bringing a diverse set of edge players under one roof.”

“LF Edge will create a comprehensive and coordinated set of foundational open source tools to enable developers to accelerate time to value in creating IoT and Edge computing solutions,” said Jason Shepherd, former governing board chair of EdgeX Foundry, and IoT and Edge Computing chief technology officer at Dell Technologies. “We look forward to continuing to foster IoT interoperability within the EdgeX community in addition to collaborating across LF Edge projects to develop de facto-standard APIs for intelligent interactions between the application and infrastructure planes within the broader edge ecosystem.”

See here for additional supporting quotes from LF Edge founding members.

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Founding Member Support for LF Edge

By Announcement

Premier Members

“Edge computing is becoming increasingly important as part of the Cloud & AI services for
global users. As a founding member of The Linux Foundation’s new edge computing subsidiary,
Baidu Cloud looks forward to, through interaction and collaboration with The Linux Foundation,
building a vibrant technological ecosystem for developers worldwide to promote the rapid
development of edge computing globally and accelerate the applications of Cloud & AI technology in various industries. Such collaboration with the Linux Foundation on ‘OpenEdge’ (Baidu’s open source intelligent edge computing platform) shows that Baidu Cloud is committed to becoming an active technology contributor and help developers and partners develop applications in an easier manner. In the future, Baidu Cloud is eager to contribute to the community, drive prosperity of the ecosystem, and create greater value more quickly and efficiently.” – Watson Yin, Baidu Vice President, GM of Baidu Cloud

“Ericsson is driving the 5G global ecosystem;  cloud native and edge cloud will play a role in the evolution of 5G and edge use cases. Ericsson, as a leading vendor of telecom- grade virtualization infrastructure, is also intending to play a leading role in the development of a fully open distributed cloud. As a leading supporter and code contributor to many open source projects — and founding member of LF Edge– Ericsson is pleased to be part of the LF Edge umbrella of projects that includes Akraino, among others. We see edge computing playing a critical role in the evolution of 5G use cases across all industries.” –  Martin Backstrom, head of Technology & Portfolio, Solution Area – Cloud & NFV Infrastructure

HP, Inc.
“A wide collaboration among industry-leading vendors and partners benefits everyone in solving common business problems. It’s critical to moving our industry forward in a harmonized way to deploy new and innovative technologies faster. As a premier member of the LF Edge project, HP is looking forward to this framework accelerating deployment of comprehensive retail use cases at the edge.” – Aaron Weiss, vice president & general manager, Retail Solutions, HP Inc.


“Edge computing promises lower latency and more consumable computing resources and will become a critical computing infrastructure to a fully connected, intelligent world. The launch of LF Edge offers a great opportunity to create a collaborative community for driving the innovation and maturity of a common edge computing stack. Huawei is pleased to be a founding member of LF Edge and to work with the community towards a vibrant edge computing open source ecosystem.” – Bill Ren, chief Open Source liaison officer, ICT Infrastructure Open Source GM, Huawei

“LF Edge demonstrates the collaborative power of open source, bringing communities together to address the challenges and opportunities created as rich computation and services move closer to the edge, whether that’s a factory floor, on-premise data center, carrier network, or autonomous vehicle. As a contributor to LF Edge projects and their related upstream projects, Intel is committed to accelerating the development of productizable Edge software for a broad range of uses through open development and community collaboration.”–  Imad Sousou, corporate vice president, Intel Architecture Graphics and Software, and general manager, System Software Products.

“Edge computing has become an emerging technology in which enterprises and telecommunication companies are actively investing and promoting. As a major long-time contributor to open source, inwinSTACK is proud and excited to be a one of the LF Edge members. We believe LF Edge will play an important role in developing a common standard for edge computing, and our participation in the LF Edge enable us to deliver enterprise-grade edge cloud solutions to organizations seeking to drive business values and innovations.”–  Joseph Wang, vice president of inwinSTACK Inc.

Juniper Networks
“As we approach the 5G era, edge computing has evolved from a functional capability to a full cloud-native architecture from which service providers will monetize their existing infrastructure and accelerate adoption of advanced services. Juniper proudly supports The Linux Foundation’s open source initiatives and LF Edge now provides the much-needed framework for edge clouds to operationally transform next-generation networks.” – Julius Francis, director of product marketing, cloud platform and analytics at Juniper Networks

“As a Deutsche Telekom-backed company, MobiledgeX was founded to help make global edge ubiquity a reality and simplify how a thriving ecosystem of stakeholders work together. Future applications need the cloud to be closer to the devices.  We are happy to share our declarative real-time automation software which enables proximity placement while keeping user identities and locations private to the mobile networks and countries.” Sunay Tripathi, CTO, EVP Product & Engineering MobiledgeX.

“The World Economic Forum’s May 2018 report estimates that digitization will unlock $100 trillion in value. It impacts every industry and every segment of society. Telecom is at the center of this digitization. With 5G around the corner and the continued demand for high bandwidth we are seeing the evolution of the traditional central office to the Edge Cloud. With cloudification and virtualization the distributed edge cloud is fast becoming a reality that will spawn a new generation of innovative applications. As founding member of LF Edge and Akraino, Netsia is proud and honored to participate in this community with other leading companies.” – Bora Eliacik, VP Engineering at Netsia

“5G will usher in a wide range of new applications, including those for the industrial Internet of Things that have stringent demands such as ultra-low latency, extreme reliability and robust security. Edge computing is essential to achieve these performance criteria. As a 5G technology leader and long-time champion of open approaches, Nokia sees the creation of Linux Foundation Edge as a milestone commitment to the development of edge computing and an open ecosystem.”  Jonne Soininen, head of Open Source Initiatives at Nokia

“Edge computing will help to launch a new generation of rich, swift and secure service experiences in telco, IoT and all other networked domains. Both the innovation of cutting-edge technologies and their subsequent harmonization for production-grade infrastructure will be needed by the entire industry. We believe that the launch of LF Edge, including the Akraino Edge Stack project, will further accelerate cross-industry collaboration.  We therefore look forward to the opportunity to help develop this new era of edge computing within this community.” –Yukari Tsuji,  vice president, Head of NTT Network , Technology Laboratories NTT Corporation

“OSIsoft has been in the business of managing and lighting up operations data in industry for over 35 years. Historically this has been through the sensors and systems driving automation and control. Today’s technologies and systems are dramatically enhancing the ‘sensing’ of the physical world available to operations, enterprises and communities, and OSIsoft is incredibly excited working with the Linux Foundation and LF Edge to help evolve the Edge technologies that will bring valuable outcomes to all users in this space.” – Richard Beeson, Chief Technology Officer, OSIsoft

“Edge computing could be a very innovative technology in multiple scenarios, i.e. IoT, 5G . Could Gaming and AI etc. Tencent provides the edge computing solutions to the customers, but we also realize that the edge market is fragmented. We are very happy to see that Linux foundation would combine, harmonize, and align vision on multiple edge projects in a new umbrella structure.” – Yachen Wang, head of IOT & 5G related network/platform R&D, Tencent

Wind River
“By working with the open source community, Wind River can help the industry address evolving market needs and deploy highly-reliable cloud compute at optimum edge locations for a wide range of new applications. We look forward to contributing to the LF Edge ecosystem to deliver scalable and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be efficiently deployed at any network location from the edge to the core.” – Glenn Seiler, vice president of product management and strategy, Software-defined Infrastructure at Wind River.

Wipro Limited
“We are proud to be one of the founding members of the LF Edge and help develop a universal open source framework for edge computing systems and applications. Influx of additional data from connected devices and IoT systems that need real time processing establishes the need for Edge computing. This form of computing is key to reaping the benefits offered by 5G. We will leverage this platform for Multi-Access Edge Computing and develop industry leading, vendor-agnostic open source solutions for improved application performance.” – K. R. Sanjiv, Chief Technology Officer at Wipro Limited

General Members

“As a founding member of EdgeX Foundry, we welcome the introduction of LF Edge. Consolidation and alignment leads to more streamlined development, and, ultimately better devices. Common open-source frameworks, such as what LF Edge is set to establish, will accelerate IoT deployments and help drive adoption.”  –  Eric Jensen, IoT Product Manager at Canonical.
“As billions of IoT devices are interconnected and data processing and analytics move from the cloud to fog and edge implementations the importance of scalable, secure, updatable edge solutions is becoming critical. LF Edge brings together open source enterprise projects to enable secure, updatable edge devices, including the ability to provision and orchestrate from the cloud. We look forward to contributing to this project with open source solutions to enable scale out across diverse edge and end-point hardware devices.” –  George Grey, CEO

“At Packet, we believe that building a vibrant edge ecosystem involves activating all layers of the stack: from fast-evolving hardware technologies and innovations across the software ecosystem, to breakthroughs in networking that will help drive new experiences at massive scale.  There is no better home than The Linux Foundation and LF Edge to bring together this diverse and dynamic community.” –  Ihab Tarazi, CTO at Packet  

“The Linux Foundation has played an essential role building sustainable ecosystems around open source projects. As compute resources move out of centralized clouds to the edge and a distributed cloud architecture, the Foundation is once again taking a leadership position developing the blueprint for edge computing. Pluribus Networks is excited to be a founding member of the Linux Foundation Edge, and we look forward to collaborating with them to develop the open, elastic, and automated software defined networks that will enable the edge and power the 5G future.” Kumar Srikantan, President & CEO of Pluribus Networks.  

“Edge Infrastructure is the new frontier.  RackN is excited to join members of LinuxFoundation Edge to build shared tools and practices.  Creating an ecosystem around emerging technologies is essential to speeding their evolution and utility.  We are looking forward to collaborating with other members to build a robust platform stack from the bare metal up.” – Rob Hirschfeld, co-founder and chief executive officer, RackN

Vapor IO
“At Vapor IO, we see open innovation accelerating the pace of  innovation in edge computing, for both software and hardware. Industry collaboration will bring the promise of edge computing within reach of nearly every company with a need and we will see an exponential growth in edge-enhanced and edge-native applications built on the pillars of the LF Edge and other open source technologies.” – Cole Crawford, CEO & Founder of Vapor IO

Associate Members

Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT)
“LF Edge is very important to the future applications, which are on the side of terminal devices and use an integrated open platform to provide services nearby. Since the application is launched on the edge side, it can respond to user services more quickly, saving a lot of network bandwidth and meeting the needs of the industry in real-time business, application intelligence, security and privacy protection. Because it is located between the terminal device and the cloud platform, it can cooperate with cloud computing and edge computing to provide network services more efficiently.”

“As a professional society of the builders of the digital age, iMasons is pleased to support LF Edge and take a lead in helping build a shared glossary of Edge-related terminology as applied to full-stack infrastructure. iMasons applauds the work of LF and looks forward to joining this community!” –  Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of iMasons