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March 2019

EdgeX Foundry is now available as a Snap

By | Blog

Tony Espy, EdgeX Foundry Technical Steering Committee Member & Technical Architect – Devices & IoT gives details on the recent availability of EdgeX Foundry in snap format. The new availability gives millions of Linux users and developers access to the continuously growing Snap Store.

EdgeX Foundry is a vendor-neutral open source project that concentrates on building a common framework for IoT edge computing. With a focus on the IoT Edge, EdgeX simplifies the process to design, develop and deploy solutions across industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications. Since it’s launch in 2017, EdgeX has met several technical milestones in its roadmap including the Barcelona Code Release, California Code Release, & Delhi Code Release.

In January 2019, EdgeX Foundry joined Akraino, Project EVE, The Open Glossary of Edge Computing and Home Edge to form LF Edge, an umbrella organization dedicated to establishing an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating systems.

In adopting the universal Linux app packaging format, EdgeX Foundry will make its IoT Edge platform available to an ever-growing community of Linux developers, including those on Debian, Fedora, Manjaro, OpenSUSE, Zorin and Ubuntu. Automatic updates and rollback capabilities are staples of snap software, meaning EdgeX Foundry users will always have the best and latest version running.

Snaps are containerised software packages, designed to work perfectly and securely within any Linux environment; across desktop, the cloud and IoT devices. Thousands of snaps have been created since the first one in 2016. EdgeX Foundry joins Plex, Spotify, Skype, and Slack, who have all benefited from snaps’ update and security features.

“Canonical’s Snap Store provides an easy and secure way to distribute our software to an increasing number of developers and users,” said Jim White, Vice Chair – Technical Steering Committee at EdgeX Foundry. “What’s more, snaps help cater to EdgeX Foundry developers, who benefit from snap confinement, binary delta downloads, ease of deployment/configuration, and sophisticated service management.”

The EdgeX snap is fully confined, which means snapd ensures that applications and services provided by the EdgeX snap may only use hardware and system resources that have been explicitly granted to the snap. Binary delta downloads is a feature which benefits users of snaps by lowering the bandwidth required for software updates. Ease of deployment/configuration stems from the fact that the snap provides all of the EdgeX reference services as a single package. This makes it trivial to build an appliance-like image using the EdgeX snap with Ubuntu Core.

Finally, it also should be noted that all of the EdgeX reference services in the snap are deployed as system services. This ensures that EdgeX will be automatically started when a device boots, services can be individually managed (i.e. enabled/disabled/started/stopped/restarted), and services will be automatically restarted by the system if they exit due to an error condition.

For more details on how to use the EdgeX Foundry snap click here. EdgeX Foundry is available to download as a snap by clicking here.

LF Edge Welcomes Aricent as Premier Member to Help Unify Open Edge Computing

By | Announcement

Leading global design and engineering company joins LF Edge to collaborate on open source framework for edge computing, future of IoT

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2019LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced Aricent, a global design and engineering company, has joined LF Edge as a Premier member.

“We are pleased to welcome Aricent as the newest Premier member of LF Edge,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, the Linux Foundation. “Their expertise in delivering robust edge frameworks for leading mobile operators, combined with their commitment to collaborative development of open, innovative networks, will help the community establish a common platform for edge computing.”

Launched in January of this year,  LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects – including Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry, Home Edge, Open Glossary of Edge Computing, and Project EVE that will support emerging edge applications across realms such as non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, faster processing and mobility. By forming a software stack that brings the best of cloud, enterprise and telecom, LF Edge will help unify a fragmented edge market around a common, open vision for the future of the industry.

“Open standards are vital to the creation of future networks, which will be based on edge computing architecture,” said Walid Negm, Chief Technology Officer at Aricent and Group Chief Innovation Officer at Altran. “Our participation in LF Edge illustrates our commitment to the development of open source, distributed networks, which will drive new application development for 5G.”  

“In the coming years, telcos will want to unleash  enterprise opportunities from edge,” said Dietmar Wendt, senior vice president, Communications Business, Aricent. “LF Edge is going to be an important forum to steer the technology around the most compelling use cases.”

As a leading global design and engineering company innovating for customers in the digital era, Aricent has a strong track record of delivering robust edge frameworks for mobile operators. By joining LF Edge, Aricent will help with the creation of common, open source architecture that supports services optimized for edge computing systems and applications. Specific planned contributions include help in determining how best to incorporate virtualization, containers, intelligence and management for edge networks that enable developers to create and monetize applications that seamlessly traverse all networks.

Aricent is a part of the Altran Group, a global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D). Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. For over 30 years, the company has provided expertise in aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, finance, life sciences, railway and telecommunications. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience and design innovation. Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2017, with some 45,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

Aricent joins a strong roster of 60 existing founding members, which includes founding Premier members 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, and  ZEDEDA. A full list of LF Edge members can be found here: https://www.lfedge.org/members/

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

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