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Hello System Management!

By Blog, EdgeX Foundry

Written by Akram Ahmad, EdgeX Foundry contributor and Principal Software Engineer at Dell Technologies

For those of you not yet familiar with the canonical way of introducing new technology-centric stuff, at least the way we do it in the world of computer programming–and thinking here specifically to the “Hello World!” first-ever program introduced to the world by programming legends Kernighan and Ritchie with their C programming language–please allow me to clarify what may be an admittedly enigmatic title we’ve got for this blog post. Essentially, it was with the EdgeX Foundry Delhi Release that the team had the pleasure of introducing EdgeX System Management capability to the world! Hence, “Hello System Management!” (More on the Edinburgh Release in just a bit.)

It’s my ongoing privilege to be a part of helping design, implement, and shepherd System Management (or “SM” for short) to date, and going forward. With that in mind, I would like to give you a flavor of the capabilities that SM brings to the table.

You can think of the System Management Agent (SMA), in particular, as a brand-new service which serves as the coordinator for control plane information (i.e. status, configuration, and metrics for EdgeX services). The SMA also control actions on EdgeX services (i.e. starting, stopping, and restarting services). Cloud or third-party systems can, in turn, call on the API provided by the SMA to trigger the actions or to get the control plane data they need. In a nutshell, the SMA can serve as a one-stop shop for managing a deployed instance of EdgeX.

Each EdgeX micro service has a corresponding management API that the SMA calls on to help control that service (e.g. to stop the service) or fetch its latest configuration or metrics. The SMA, along with the management API provided by each service, will be expanded in future releases of EdgeX and will one day offer control plane data and actions via alternate protocols (for example via the well-known protocol SNMP that is part of the TCP/IP suite that powers the Internet as we know it today).

I invite you to hold on to the thought that, for the constellation of services that will be offered via EdgeX, there needs to be “controller” of sorts…

Now, let’s turn to the truism that an IoT platform like EdgeX is used to collect the data from “Things.” Put another way, the platform ingests data that is physically sensed from IoT sensors and devices. Work associated with collecting, managing, and disbursing sensed data is exactly the kind of work associated with a “data plane.” On the other hand, the kind of work associated with operating and managing the IoT platform software and infrastructure is best described as “control plane” operations.

This includes getting the IoT platform and infrastructure running (or shutdown), configuring the platform software for the particular use case, and understanding the health and status of the software platform (is it running and what type of resources is the IoT software platform using?). Analysis of any control plane data may be used to take action as well, but action revolves around the IoT platform itself–not the sensed or controlled world. For example, in the control plane, it may be determined that a service needs to be restarted because it is consuming too much memory.

This is where the SMA comes in!

The System Management (SM) service will assist in protecting EdgeX and reducing the surface area of an API attack. Rather than opening up access to all services to the central management system, the SM service serves as a single point proxy to the control plane for all of EdgeX services for the central management system. The SMA, therefore, reduces the number of access points to EdgeX and reduces potential security vulnerabilities. It also allows the central management system to be loosely coupled to all of EdgeX—requiring the central management system to again have just one access address (the address of the SM service) that it needs to know about for any EdgeX deployment.

Before digging deeper, let’s recap what we’ve learned so far: System Management (SM) functionality, as determined by the EdgeX community, is generally associated with control plane data and operations.  The control plane (and System Management) is about managing the IoT platform and infrastructure. The data plane is all about managing and understanding the physical world that the IoT platform is there to observe and control. Think about it: Whether one is talking about towering skyscrapers or flimsy tents rigged on the grounds of a park, there remains, as ever, the crucial need for control. Without coordination, things can get chaotic in a heartbeat.

Also, and crucially, SM is also about providing information—having retrieved that information in the first place—about the status of the services it manages. Eventually, building on this capability, SM will provide the means to reconfigure the services themselves. At this time, with the Edinburgh Release, SM can provide performance and memory metrics for requested services. Likewise, SM can provide detailed configuration information for the services requested by users of SM, as well as the health status of those services (whether given services are up or down.)

In other words, while control is a critical capability, SM is about more than just control. By the same token, we want to make it abundantly clear that we are building System Management (SM) capability to facilitate other central systems, and not be those central systems. In a nutshell, EdgeX SM is about helping promote interoperability—in this case, allowing you to manage EdgeX with your choice in central management system.

Let’s shift gears a bit now: When you look at a typical fog deployment, a larger management system will want to manage the control plane of the edge systems as well as all the intermediate and upper level nodes and resources of the overall deployment. Just as there is a management system to control all the nodes and infrastructure within a cloud data center, and across cloud data centers, so too there will likely be management systems that will manage and control all the nodes (from edge to cloud) and infrastructure of a complete fog or IoT deployment.

If you will be so kind as to allow me the use of just one more metaphor, it will be this one: Think to a team of workhorses ploughing the land (EdgeX services). Then think to the driver (System Management). Finally, and without going too crazy about the farming metaphor—all metaphors, including this one, can carry only so much water—I invite you to imagine two scenarios (1) First, the one without the other, and (2) Second, the two (i.e. the team of workhorses and the driver) working in unison. If you associated chaos with the first scenario, and clockwork unison with the second, you are in good company.

So with the Edinburgh Release, we will continue building SM capability to facilitate other central systems. Again, the goal is not to be those central systems, but rather to facilitate those systems. May your System Management (SM) learnings continue, and may the community be the better for it!

If you have questions or comments, visit the EdgeX Foundry Slack Channel and share your thoughts in the #community channel. Or, join the LF Edge Slack Channel and share your thoughts in the #EdgeX channel.

Project EVE Code Now Available

By Blog, Project EVE

Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine), part of LF Edge since the organization’s inception, earlier this week marked an important milestone: the official handover of code from ZEDEDA. EVE provides an open standard for edge virtualization, helping make it as easy and secure to manage applications on edge devices as it is in the cloud. With EVE, enterprises can run a wide variety of applications on any edge-class gateway while enjoying the benefits of data center virtualization, like zero-touch provisioning and secure, one-click software update rollouts at IoT scale.

“Project EVE’s release under LF Edge is an important milestone for the edge computing industry,” said Melissa Evers-Hood, senior director of Google Operating Systems for Intel System Software Products, and chair of the LF Edge Governing Board. “An open approach to virtualization can help companies address the growth in diverse services and hardware configurations being deployed at the edge. Using virtualization to consolidate workloads provides companies with a more flexible and elastic infrastructure, allowing them to secure and manage these services while containing costs.”

Project EVE  allows applications ranging from legacy software programs running in virtual machines (VMs) to the latest microservices architectures to operate in a secure and reliable way on smaller edge devices. This is accomplished through the use of a type-1 hypervisor, an Edge Container runtime, and a hardened root-of-trust implementation, enabling workloads to run in either a VM or standard container environment. By decoupling software from hardware, EVE also allows for multi-tenant deployments that can operate in complete isolation from each other, increasing security and decreasing complexity.

Key features of Project EVE include:

  • Compatibility with all major edge hardware and cloud providers—no vendor lock-in
  • Ability to support any application that can run in a VM or standard container
  • Simplified application management through standardized APIs
  • Smarter hardware usage through coordinated resource allocation and partitioning
  • Ability to create a zero-trust approach to security, leveraging a hardened root-of-trust implementation

As the number of IoT devices continues to skyrocket, it’s becoming more and more important for businesses to be able to process, analyze, and act on sensor data in real time via local edge gateway systems. Project EVE provides a key component of the technology stack needed for powerful computing at the edge. By contributing the code for Project EVE to LF Edge, ZEDEDA is furthering the organization’s mission to create an open framework for edge computing.

For more information about Project EVE, visit https://www.lfedge.org/projects/eve/.

 

LF Edge Momentum Continues with Project EVE Seed Code, Project Demonstrations at IoT World and New Members

By Akraino, Announcement, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE

  • IoT OnPrem Edge Virtualization Engine seed code contributed by ZEDEDA to LF Edge
  • Four new members join existing community of 70+ LF Edge organizations
  • LF Edge on Display at IoT World, with Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry and Project EVE demonstrations

SANTA CLARA, Calif. IoT World  – May 14, 2019 – LF 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 continued project momentum. Project Edge Virtualization Engine (EVE) receives initial seed code from LF Edge founding member ZEDEDA, as the community showcases a range of edge/IoT application demonstrations, from connected cars to wind turbines, on-site at IoT World.

Additionally, LF Edge welcomes new Associate and Liaison member organizations Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the LIONS Center at the Pennsylvania State University, OTAinfo, and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).

“We are excited to see the LF community continue to collaborate on building unified edge solutions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager,  Networking, IoT and Edge Computing, the Linux Foundation. “We appreciate ZEDEDA’s leadership in helping us advance On-Prem Edge IoT with initiatives like Project EVE, and are eager to showcase the broad capabilities of LF Edge onsite in Santa Clara while welcoming our newest members.”

Edge Virtualization Engine Launches Initial Seed Code

Analysts predict more than 30B connected devices worldwide by 2020, all generating continuous data streams that will need to be processed quickly. Edge computing enables data processing through local gateway systems to reduce latency and provide faster response. With Project EVE, edge gateways and devices run a variety of edge workloads simultaneously, decoupling application management from the underlying hardware. Applications can be deployed in standard virtual machines (VM) or container environments and be managed through a standard set of APIs.

“With Project EVE, the goal is to create a single virtualization standard for edge devices for the industry to build around so that we can enjoy the benefits of cloud-native applications sooner rather than later,” said Said Ouissal, co-founder and CEO of ZEDEDA. “Imagine how much more impact we can achieve now that edge applications can be reliably managed and secured.”

LF Edge on Display at IoT World

LF Edge is on-site at IoT World in Santa Clara this week, May 13-16. Highlights include live project demonstrations in booth 610 and LF Edge community expert presentations:

  • Debut of the new Project EVE code
  • Live demonstrations of emerging Akraino blueprints for network cloud integration and industrial automation and Connected Cars
  • A smart build automation demo from EdgeX Foundry
  • A model wind turbine demonstrating EdgeX and Project EVE technology
  • Simulation of an industrial assembly line with sensor devices supporting MQTT and Monbus protocols
  • Arpit Joshipura will participate in two IoT panels; learn more: https://www.lfedge.org/event/iot-world-2019/.

More details on LF Edge’s activity at IoT World are available in this blog post. Please also follow @LF_Edge on twitter for real-time updates.

LF Edge Welcomes New Members 

LF Edge’s significant growth over the past five months– including strong industry event presence and face-to-face community meetings – continues today with the addition of new Associate and Liaison members:  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the LIONS Center at the Pennsylvania State University, OTAinfo, and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).

Comments from New Members:

“Through its liaison program, IIC works with industry liaison partners to build out the Industrial IoT ecosystem in an effort to accelerate IIoT adoption,” said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee. “Open source communities play an important role in the industry ecosystem. The expansion of the scope of liaison collaboration between IIC and LF Edge builds on the successful collaboration and further enables the digital transformation.”

“LF Edge stands as an indispensable bridge between industry and academia. It brings Open Source SD-WAN Frameworks to researchers,” said Peng Liu, Director of Lions Center at The Pennsylvania State University. “We, as security researchers, are eager to learn more, work more and make more contributions. We are currently working on verification of the designs, applicable NIDS solutions, end to end security validation of CI/CD of Akraino. With this precious partnership opportunity, we would like to contribute more to make these projects simple, secure, and scalable SD-WAN solutions.”

“Together, we have a chance to create history by developing the next gen security for connected devices,” said Nupur Mehta, Co-Founder and CEO of OTAinfo. “After revenue, security is the second biggest concern for all IoT companies, and yet there is no clear open source framework widely available. OTAinfo joined LF Edge to provide developers a comprehensive plug and play security framework that eliminates remote update vulnerabilities. We look forward to working with the Edge members and stakeholders in the connected community to revolutionize security on the Edge.”

“There is no denying the value proposition to virtualization and the move to open source partnerships within industry.  By bringing these topics together, and focusing on the network edge, the LF Edge projects are going to enable the next generation of really exciting applications.”  Said Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer, Broadband Technologies at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory “The UNH-IOL is thrilled to be participating in those projects, through our work with the Akraino project to develop the Community Lab, helping connect developers with the resources necessary to accelerate their open source efforts.”

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Forbes: Opening Up The Edge: Why Agnostic Cloud Software Is The Key To Edge Computing

By In the News, Project EVE

The rising value of data has changed the business landscape forever, and companies have migrated en masse to the (theoretical) unlimited capacity of the cloud. As IoT devices have started to pump more data through networks and into the cloud, connected enterprises are managing their operations in data centers as well as using computational ability closer to the data source.

Read more at Forbes. 

LF Edge at IoT World

By Akraino, Blog, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE

LF Edge will be at IoT World 2019 in Santa Clara, Cali. from May 13 to 16. The event is the leading IoT showcase that features the top technologies, strategies, and case studies for the key industries implementing IoT. This year, LF Edge projects Akraino, EdgeX Foundry & Project EVE will be at the show floor to show off their latest demos in booth #610.

Akraino will be on-site to show off it’s it’s latest line of blueprints, which are designed to support a wide variety of edge use cases. Akraino will show off it’s SDN Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) blueprint, ELIOT (Edge Lightweight and IoT) Blueprint, Micro-MEC Blueprint and the Future Network Lab Connected Vehicle Blueprint. The Akraino community tests and validates the blueprints on real hardware labs supported by users and community members.

EdgeX Foundry will showcase it’s building automation demo, which highlights EdgeX’s ability to bring together a real-world, smart flexible office space environment based on components from a variety of vendors leveraging numerous connectivity standards, operating systems and hardware types.

EdgeX will also be featured in a demo from Beechwoods Software that showcases the AMD Edge Gateway reference running EdgeX and supporting IBM Watson IoT for both the cloud and the analytics engine.

In addition, Project EVE will also be on the scene with its new wind turbine model. Based on the EdgeX framework and the Project EVE technology, the demo will showcase turbine  operations analytics.

LF Edge members will be also be on-site to provide background on any of the projects or walk you through an interactive demo. Stop by booth #610 to learn more or attend any of the following IoT presentations on Thursday, May 16:

  • Jason Shepherd, LF Edge Governing Board Member and CTO of IoT and Edge Computing at Dell Technologies, will present a session at 11:40 am – Noon in Grand Ballroom F. The presentation titled, “The Holy Grail for Digital & Data,” explores where companies are today with their data strategy and where they might be in five to ten years.
  • Arpit Joshipura, GM of Networking & Orchestration + Edge / IOT at the Linux Foundation, will present on a panel titled “The Fast and The Curious: Smart, Safe Ways to Accelerate Building and Deployment,” at 1:40 pm – 2:20 pm in Grand Ballroom G. He’ll be joined by Frederic Desbiens,  IoT & Edge Program Manager at The Eclipse Foundation, Christopher Konopka, Developer Evangelist at Twilio & Brian Buntz, Content Director at IoT World Today. Attendees of this session will learn about the latest methods for bringing a commercial or in-house IoT application or device into production more quickly, efficiently and securely.
  • Arpit Joshipura will then join Sue Troy, IoT World Today Executive Editor and Alexander Olesen, Founder of Babylon Micro-Farms, for the last panel of the day titeld, “What’s the deal with…?” From 4:20 – 5 pm in the Grand Ballroom G, the panel will discuss  new IoT technologies, projects, hardware, software and services and a wide range of other topics like edge and IoT, starting an IoT company , 5G, WIFI 6, digital twins, challenges and concerns.

If you have questions or comments, visit the LF Edge Slack Channel and share your thoughts in the #community or project channels.

EdgeX Foundry Is a Finalist for The IoT World Awards

By Blog

EdgeX Foundry, the vendor-neutral, operating system and hardware independent, open source, microservice, software edge computing platform, is a finalist for the “Best Edge Computing Solution & Achievements in IoT Integration” award for the IoT World Awards. The awards celebrate the success and outstanding contributors to the very best in the world of IoT.

Other finalists in this category include Dell Technologies and FogHorn – both are currently LF Edge members and are still very active in EdgeX Foundry – as well as Itron Inc and Lantronix Inc.

Not only will EdgeX Foundry be attending the award celebration but will be on-site on the exhibition floor. To see interactive EdgeX Foundry demos, which include building automation and a wind turbine, visit the LF Edge booth (Booth 610). For more information about the activities planned for IoT World, visit https://www.lfedge.org/event/iot-world-2019/.

EdgeX Foundry focuses on IoT Edge, and helps simplify 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 release, California release, & Delhi 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.

The winner of the award will be announced at the IoT Awards Dinner & Gala in Santa Clara, CA on May 15. To learn more about the awards or any of the other categories, click here.

Arm at the Edge: Telco and IoT Akraino Blueprints debut at ONS 2019

By Akraino, Blog

By Tina Tsou, co-chair, Akraino Edge Stack Technical Steering Committee & Enterprise Architect, Arm. A version of this post also appeared on the Arm Community blog

Last week at Open Networking Summit in San Jose, there was a lot of buzz about the Akraino Edge Stack Project. Launched in 2018, Akraino Edge Stack was developed to create an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications.

Significant progress has been made in this community since the launch, and many member companies showcased their Akraino blueprints last week. Arm is very active in the Akraino community and is excited about the Akraino Edge Stack Blueprints.

Here are some additional details about the four blueprints that were shown:

1) SDN Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) on Ampere-based servers

For users of Virtual broadband access (XGS-PON which is a higher bandwidth, symmetric version of GPON), Ampere demonstrated SDN Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) validation on Arm. The SEBA blueprint in the Akraino Edge Stack Project, can run applications of Virtual broadband access – vOLT access and aggregation for 5000 edge locations. There are three servers per POD, with x86 and Arm (with 8-16 cores each). The power consumption is restricted to less than 1 kW and includes NEBS compliance and 48V DC. The Ampere eMAG-based server delivers competitive performance per watt with 32 Armv8 CPU cores at 3+ GHz with Turbo. 

The foundation of the SEBA validation on Arm demo is built on Integration Edge Cloud (IEC) blueprint family. The Integrated Edge Cloud (IEC) enables new functionality and business models on the network edge with benefits such as lower latency for end users, less load on the network since more data an be processed locally, and full utilization of the computational power of the edge devices.

VMWare proposed multi-cloud xConnection to interconnect different kinds of clouds of IT and Telco. The IEC had several deployment models that each support different business case such as telco/enterprise edge cloud (ex. MEC or brand office data center) or telco/enterprise remote edge locations (ex. SD-WAN, IoT Gateways). The demonstration included Ubuntu, Kubernetes, and Calico on Arm.

2) ELIOT (Edge Lightweight and IoT) Blueprint on Huawei IoT Gateway 

We were excited to partner with Huawei to demonstrate the ELIOT: Edge Lightweight and IoT Blueprint Family.  The ELIOT blueprint was designed to service the need of many diverse business applications that require a converged IoT gateway, and Enterprise WAN edge use of SD-WAN solutions or universal CPU (uCPE). The IoT gateway can be deployed in smart cities, smart homes, connected farming, agriculture logistics industrial, and Industrial IoT.  SD-WAN, WAN edge, uCPE are designed to be used for hybrid WAN, hybrid cloud deployment, and BYOD.  ELIOT is very scalable, from 1 single unit to 10K, 100K, 1000K, or more. ELIOT also supports diverse types of edge applications in many industries and market segments, including but not limited to: telcos, operators, service/cloud providers, medicine, smart cities, industrial IoT, home, and enterprise. The cloud/network infrastructure for ELIOT includes containers, Kubernetes, and the Kubernetes ecosystem. At the same time, the blueprint is designed to use lightweight operating systems and container runtime environments.

“The IoT gateway and enterprise edge SD-WAN gateway are two great examples of computing or power resource constrained edge nodes. The ELIOT project provides end-to-end light-weight open source blueprints for deploying and managing these use cases, built on any processor architecture, to foster a vibrant ecosystem around edge gateways in both hardware and software.”

–  Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer, Huawei

3) Micro-MEC Blue Print from Nokia

Nokia, Arm, and other ecosystem partners within the Akraino/LF Edge community have formed an edge blueprint for a Smart Cities platform called Micro-Mec (uMEC) targeted for a range of use cases. Nokia is using an Arm-based Marvell CN83xx uMEC design to show a highway traffic monitoring application. The uMEC enables new functionalities and business models on the network edge. The benefits of running applications on the network edge include lower latencies for end users, less load on the network since more data can be processed locally, and better security/privacy since sensitive data need not be transferred to a centralized location.

All these new services support the business case for building new high-speed networks which in turn enable new things. The uMEC has several deployment models that each support different business cases including:

  • Fixed installation as part of 5G NR base station enabling new services that require low latency such as AR/VR.
  • As an extension of the previous, the “Smart City” deployments have additional functions such as weather stations, cameras, displays, or drone charging stations.  The control software for these functions would run on the uMEC.
  • In an Industry 4.0 use case set, the uMEC is deployed as part of a 5G network and would provide a platform for running services for the factory floor.
  • In a train, the uMEC could collect and store surveillance camera data for later uploading. 

“Nokia is very excited to demo the the new edge blueprint for operators and smart cities called Micro Multiaccess Edge (uMEC). It demonstrates how even a very small ARM- based system can implement a Smart City use case, and complements the industry standard Open Edge hardware that is used in the Radio Edge Cloud and the 5G Radio Access Network,” said Tapio Tallgren, Project Technical Leader for uMEC and Akraino Technical Community

4) Tencent Future Network Lab Connected Vehicle Blueprint

The Connected Vehicle Blueprint focuses on the MEC platform, which is the backbone for V2X (Vehicle to Everything) applications. The blueprint can be used in multiple use cases, including but not limited to: 

  • Accurate Locations: The blueprint is designed to deliver more than 10X finer granularity in location. GPS is 5-10 meters level location which can be improved to <1 meter.
  • Smart Navigation: Real-time traffic information update reduces the latency from minutes to seconds to provide the more efficient path for drivers.
  • Safer Driving: Insight into potential risks which can’t be seen by drivers’ eyes.
  • Reduced Violation in Traffic Rules: Let the driver understand the traffic rules in some specific area.  For example, change in lines for an upcoming and narrow street, avoiding opposite way drive in the one way road, and avoiding carpool lanes for a single driver.

The blueprint can be flexibly deployed in multiple environments, including bare metal, virtual machine, and container based on commodity hardware (Arm/x86 server). The major software component of this blueprint is Tars, a Linux Foundation microservice Framework project. Tars can be deployed in Arm and x86 servers.  For more detail information for Tars, refer to the github link.

Learn more about connected vehicle blueprint on Google Drive or read the blog post here

“Tencent continuously promotes network innovation from various application perspectives. We believe that application-based network innovation promotes a stronger ecosystem, which brings tremendous benefits to our customers and stakeholders.” –– Zhang Yun Fei, Director of Future Network Lab, Tencent

“Open source is an important technical strategy for Tencent. As both a platinum member and board member of the Linux Foundation, Tencent continuously makes contributions to the Linux Foundation and its projects. After the Tars project contributed to the LF in 2018, and recent Akraino blueprint, Tencent will continue to contribute several new open source projects focused on cache and configuration. We welcome additional participation from more Linux Foundation member companies!” — Xin Liu, Linux Foundation Board member, and Tencent General Manager

We are excited about these great Blueprint demonstrations and the others shown last week. I want to acknowledge the Akraino Edge Stack Project Technical Steering Committee, PTLs, committers, and contributors, for their support with our activities at the conference.  It is truly a team effort! Special recognition goes to:

  • Aaron Byrd, AT&T
  • Matt Taylor, Ampere
  • Trevor Tao, Arm
  • Gabriel Yu, Huawei
  • Tapio Tallgren, Nokia
  • Robert Qiu, Tencent
  • Xinhui Li, VMware
  • Ken Yi, DiDi
  • Wenhui Zhang, PSU

Connected Vehicle Blueprint Debuts at ONS NA 2019

By Blog

The  Connected Vehicle Blueprint, established within the Akraino community by contributions from Tencent Future Network Lab, Arm, Intel, and Nokia, was demonstrated onsite at Open Networking Summit this week in San Jose. The blueprint demo clearly depicts features, architecture as well as the potential benefits for customers. The Connected Vehicle Blueprint focuses on the MEC platform, which is the backbone for the V2X (Vehicle to Everything) Application.

The blueprint can be used in multiple use cases, including, but not limited to:

  • Accurate Location: The blueprint brings more than 10X fine gratuity location. GPS is 5-10 meters level location, that can be improved to <1 meter, which is the distance of a typical street lane.
  • Smart Navigator: The real-time traffic information update, reduces the latency from minutes to seconds, figures out the most efficient route for drivers.
  • Safe Drive Improvement: Helps the driver figure out any potential traffic risks that may not be seen by the driver.
  • Reduces traffic violations: Helps the driver understand local traffic rules. For instance, changing the lane prior to a narrow street, avoiding driving on the wrong side of a one-way road, avoiding carpool lanes as a single driver, etc.

“Tencent continuously promotes network innovation from various application perspectives. We believe that application-based network innovation promotes a stronger ecosystem, which brings tremendous benefits to our customers and stakeholders,” said Zhang Yun Fei, Director of Future Network Lab, Tencent.

“Open source is an important technical strategy for Tencent. As both a platinum member and board member of the Linux Foundation, Tencent continuously makes contributions to the Linux Foundation and its projects. After the Tars project contributed to the LF in 2018, and recent Akraino blueprint, Tencent will continue to contribute several new open source projects focused on cache and configuration.  We welcome additional participation from more Linux Foundation member companies!” said Xin Liu, Linux Foundation Board Member and Tencent General Manager

The blueprint can be flexibly deployed in multiple environments, including bare metal, virtual machine and container-based environments on commodity hardware. The major software component of this blueprint is Tars, a Linux Foundation microservice framework project.  For more detail information on Tars, refer to the link:  https://github.com/TarsCloud/Tars

For more information regarding the connected vehicle blueprint, refer to:

LF Edge Builds Momentum with New Members, Blueprints as Community Works Toward Interoperability for Open Edge Computing

By Akraino, Announcement, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE

New Open Edge Demos from Akraino and Project EVE to Debut at Open Networking Summit North America

OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT, SAN JOSE, Calif., April 2, 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 growing momentum with new blueprints from Akraino Edge Stack and four new general members including Alef Mobitech Inc., HarmonyCloud Inc., Section, and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. The Akraino blueprints will debut at the Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit (ONS) on April 3-5 in San Jose.

LF Edge is comprised of 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. Akraino, a project creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications, is marking a technical milestone with eight blueprint families with more than 19 under development to support a variety of edge use cases. The Akraino community tests and validates the blueprints on real hardware labs supported by users and community members. The first release of Akraino is scheduled for Q2 2019 and will include several validated blueprints.

“LF Edge hit the ground running when we launched in January,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, The Linux Foundation. “Our collaboration for edge solutions across multiple industries in IoT, Enterprise, Telecom and Cloud has been very well received by the community.”

In addition, EdgeX Foundry, which enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play components to unify the IoT edge computing marketplace, is preparing “Edinburgh,” its fifth code release for Spring 2019 that will include binary data support, automated performance and security testing, new device services and a certification program. EdgeX Foundry will be on-site at Hannover Messe from April 1-5 in Germany with a building automation demo at the Dell Technologies booth (Hall 6, Stand C40). The demo will highlight the EdgeX framework’s ability to bring together a real-world, smart flexible office space environment based on components from a variety of vendors leveraging numerous connectivity standards, operating systems and hardware types.

Showcasing the Edge at Open Networking Summit (ONS)

LF Edge will make its debut with a booth on-site and several speaking engagements at ONS on April 3-5 in San Jose. The booth will feature demos from Akraino that showcase the emerging  blueprints for network cloud integration and industrial automation. Additionally, Project EVE will display a model wind turbine that demonstrates EdgeX Foundry technology for industrial IoT.

Experts from the LF Edge community will also present a range of related sessions as part of “The New Edge” track. Key sessions include:

  • Edge Open Source Synergy to Deliver Value-added End-to-end Services, Wednesday, April 3 at 5:10 PM – LF Edge members Ram Krishan, VMware; Kandan Kathirvel, AT&T; Srinivasa Rao Addepalli, Intel; Tina Tsou, Arm; and Rolf Muralt, MobiledgeX will discuss key open source efforts such as ONAP, Cloud Native Kubernetes, Mobile TIP Edge Application Developer Project Group and MobiledgeX, LF Edge, and Akraino.
  • Your Path to Edge Computing – Akraino Edge Stack, Thursday, April 4 at 5 PM – Tapio Tallgren, Nokia; Kandan Kathirvel, AT&T; and Tina Tsou, Arm will present edge use cases for Akraino, Akraino blueprints and how users can engage and contribute to the community.
  • Edge Computing League – LF Edge Umbrella, Friday, April 5 at 11:10 AM – Tina Tsou, Arm; MyeonGi Jong, Samsung; Roman Shaposhnik, Zededa; Kandan Kathirvel, AT&T; and Janko Isidorovic, Mainflux, will discuss how edge use cases are being addressed to satisfy industry needs, the collaboration between LF Edge projects and how to contribute to each project.

For more information about other LF Edge activities or sessions at ONS, click here.  The full line-up of ONS conference sessions can be found here.

Background On New LF Edge Members

LF Edge welcomes Alef Mobitech Inc., Harmony Cloud, Marvell, and Section as new general members working together to make it easy to quickly build, deploy, run, and scale edge computing solutions. These organizations join more than 60 founding member companies that broadly represent the edge computing and IoT landscape providing products and services supporting analytics, telecom, visualization, sensors, security and manageability, cloud and enterprise, among others.

Members will support LF Edge projects including Home Edge, a hub for real-time data collected through smart home devices; Project EVE, a new agnostic standard edge architecture; Open Glossary of Edge Computing, a freely-licensed collection that seeks to capture the fast-changing lexicon of edge computing; as well as Akraino Edge Stack and EdgeX Foundry.

LF Edge is making significant progress since its launch in January with almost 80 members from around the world joining face-to-face technical steering committee and board meetings at ONS to align on the LF Edge mission and project goals, develop working groups and identify opportunities across key functional areas. Additional information about how to join LF Edge or any of the projects can be found at https://www.lfedge.org/.

Support From New Members

“Together, the LF Edge has the opportunity to rewrite the definition of the Internet … at the edge,” said Ganesh Sundaram, CEO of Alef Mobitech Inc. “We are extremely excited to be joining the LF Edge and working with the entire edge ecosystem. With the proof of our live deployments at the edge, we are committed to creating edge enhanced and edge native applications. The future of applications is being written in front of us and, with the LF Edge, we will be the writers!”

“Edge computing, together with technologies like 5G, AI and IoT, will help build the infrastructure of a connected smart world,” said Yiqun Ding, CTO of HarmonyCloud. “A whole new generation of applications such as self-driving cars, AR/VR, and smart home will benefit from such a low-latency infrastructure. Harmony Cloud is a long-time open source contributor and solution provider of cloud computing and edge computing. By joining LF Edge, we are pleased to join this industry collaboration and accelerate the development and innovation of edge computing software and its ecosystem.”

“As a leading provider of  innovative compute networking and security solutions for the edge, cloud, 5G and the enterprise, we are excited to be a member of the LF Edge,” said Raj Singh, senior vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure Processor Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “We understand and support open source industry initiatives for emerging requirements of  edge computing and 5G networks. We look forward to further industry collaborations to provide LF Edge open source solutions.”

“As a software provider in the edge computing ecosystem, one of our biggest challenges is educating software engineers on how to build for increasingly distributed architectures,” said Daniel Bartholomew, CTO of Section. “We see LF Edge playing a fundamental role in defining hardware and software standards that will accelerate adoption and innovation far beyond what we can imagine today.”

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