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Emerson Joins LF Edge as Premier Member, Helps Shepherd Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Announcement, In the News, LF Edge
  • Leading industrial software and technology company commits to further innovation at the open source edge with LF Edge 
  • Emerson Technology VP, Claudio Fayad, keynotes ONE Summit to discuss how the Industrial Edge is Powering Industry 4.0
  • LF Edge maturity on display at ONE Summit, with Solution Showcase featuring cross-project and cross vertical deployment solutions

SEATTLE, Washington. ONE Summit North America  November 15, 2022 LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that establishes an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced Emerson has joined the project as a Premier member. The news comes just as the LF Edge community showcases a robust round of deployed solutions spanning Telco, Retail, Energy and Manufacturing verticals, via in-booth demonstrations at ONE Summit happening this week in Seattle, Wash. 

Emerson, a global software and technology company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial and commercial markets, joins other existing LF Edge Premier members: AMD, American Tower, Arm, AT&T, AVEVA, Baidu, Charter Communications, Dell Technologies, Dianomic, Equinix, F5, Fujitsu, Futurewei, HP, Huawei, Intel, IBM, NTT, Radisys, RedHat, Samsung, Tencent, VMware, Western Digital, ZEDEDA.

As part of its boundless automation vision for a software-defined automation architecture to catalyze the future of modern manufacturing, Emerson is connecting operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) from the field to the edge and cloud. A core element of this vision is a modern industrial edge architecture that will require disruptive innovation for the execution of real-time workloads. Emerson will partner with the LF Edge members to build the infrastructure that will enable this vision. 

“We are pleased to welcome Emerson to the roster of leading technology innovators committed to transforming open source edge computing,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “Emerson’s role in leading innovation across the industrial, commercial and enterprise space will be integral in helping to transform the industry at the brink of the fourth industrial revolution.”

“Edge computing will be a core capability for the future of industrial manufacturing, unlocking the flexibility and data democratization companies use to drive innovation,” said Claudio Fayad, vice president of technology for Emerson. “By decoupling the framework for edge computing from hardware, operating system, silicon and even cloud, LF Edge will improve collaboration and innovation across multiple industry verticals. Emerson is proud to be a key contributor to that vision.”

Emerson VP of Technology, Claudio Fayad, joined ZEDEDA founder and CEO, Said Ouissal, on the ONE Summit keynote stage to discuss how the Industrial Edge is powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The thought leaders shared real-world insights on how industrial companies looking to unlock insights from real-time production and machine data can leverage the use of a secure, cloud-connected OT edge to modernize existing infrastructure. 

LF Edge Deployments on Display

Collaborative, real-world deployment solutions based on LF Edge projects are on display in the LF Edge booth on the ONE Summit show floor via the new LF Edge Industry Solution Showcase. For the first time ever, the community is presenting concrete examples of how LF Edge is currently solving  real market needs. Eight demos are displayed in the LF Edge booth at four kiosk stations, each focused on a specific vertical: Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Telo, and Retail. 

More details on the specific solutions and how they qualify, as well as videos and slides, are available on the LF Edge wiki. 

Akraino Blueprint  & LF Edge Member Team Wins ETSI & LF Edge Hackathon 

Team DOMINO—a collaboration between Equinix and Aarna Networks—won the 2022 ETSI & LF Edge Hackathon for its innovative Edge application in 5G scenarios using Akraino Public Cloud Edge Interface (PCEI) blueprint. The solution demonstrates the orchestration of federated Multi-access edge computing (MEC) infrastructure and services and shows how telco providers can enable sharing of their services in a MEC Federation environment.

Learn more about the winning submission and get the submission materials on the Akraino wiki.

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 3,000 members. The Linux Foundation is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, Hyperledger, RISC-V, PyTorch, 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.

Congratulations to “Team DOMINO,” Winner of the 2022 ETSI & LF Edge Hackathon

By Akraino, Blog

The 2022 Edge Hackathon, supported by ETSI and LF Edge, concluded last month with 15 teams worldwide building Edge applications or solutions with ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) APIs and LF Edge Akraino Blueprints. A team from LF Edge member organizations  Equinix and Aarna Networks—codenamed Team DOMINO—won first place in the Edge Hackathon for their innovative edge application in 5G scenarios using the Akraino Public Cloud Edge Interface (PCEI) blueprint.

The Akraino PCEI blueprint enables multi-domain infrastructure orchestration and cloud native application deployment across public clouds (core and edge), edge clouds, interconnection providers and network operators.

By using the PCEI blueprint, Team DOMINO’s solution demonstrates orchestration of federated MEC infrastructure and services, including 5G Control and User Plane Functions, MEC and Public Cloud IaaS/SaaS, across two operators/providers (a 5G operator and a MEC provider), as well as deployment and operation of end-to-end cloud native IoT applications making use of 5G access, and distributed both across geographic locations and across hybrid MEC (edge cloud) and Public Cloud (SaaS) infrastructure.

Team DOMINO showed how telco providers can enable sharing of their services in a MEC Federation environment, by orchestrating, bare metal servers and their software stack, 5G control plane and user plane functions. In addition, by orchestrating interconnection between the 5G provider and MEC provider, connectivity to a public cloud as well as the IoT application and the MEC Location API service, Team DOMINO demonstrated MEC Service Federation for location-aware IoT.

Learn more about this solution and the Akraino PCEI blueprint on the Akraino wiki.

Congratulations to team DOMINO & everyone involved in this use case and blueprint!

Leaders in LF Edge: Interview with Daniel Lazaro

By Blog

The Internet of Things (IoT) market has expanded significantly in recent years. According to Gartner, more than 50% of enterprise-managed data will be created and processed outside the data center or cloud by 2025. As edge computing becomes a significant revenue opportunity for the technology and telecom industries, it’s even more important to have effective leaders to help advance the future of edge computing.

Today we sat down with Daniel Lazaro, LF Edge Technical Advisory Council (TAC) vice-chair and Senior Technical Program Manager at AVEVA. Daniel tells us how he got involved in the edge computing industry, the LF Edge project umbrella, and why leaders must plan for the growth of IoT and edge.

How did you get involved in the LF Edge community and what is your role now?

In January 2019, OSIsoft, which was my employer at the time, joined LF Edge. My first official community role was with the LF Edge Technical Advisory Council (TAC) where I became the TAC representative for project Fledge, with the goal to drive community growth. As part of the TAC, we developed the LF Edge project lifecycle process and took in Fledge as a “Stage 1” project;” Fledge was actually the first project to go through the various maturity stages within LF Edge, beginning at project inception (Fledge is now “Stage 2” and in the process of becoming a “Stage 3” or “mature” project).

Later, I joined the Board and the Strategic Planning Committee to help drive the direction and growth of LF Edge as a whole. I have participated in various other efforts including SIGs, LF Edge lab, and the Outreach Committee to name a few. I was recently honored to be elected as TAC vice-chair and I look forward to collaborating even more across  the LF Edge ecosystem.

What is your vision for the edge computing industry? 

I believe edge computing is now at the point where the cloud was a decade ago: It is about to explode. Several forecasts estimate the size of the edge computing market to reach 156 billion by 2030. Gardner predicts that ”By 2025, more than 50% of enterprise-managed data will be created and processed outside the data center or cloud.” The time to catch the edge wave is now.

What impact do you see open source playing in the evolution of the edge market? And how has it shaped where we are today?

Open source is a platform for innovation, and as such, is helping to accelerate the development of edge solutions. Open source has enabled end users, developers and organizations to build communities that collaborate on projects that address current and future needs. Beyond LF Edge, I am also a voting member of FledgePOWER’s TAC, under LF Energy, a sister project and community that focuses on power built on top of Fledge. OSDU is another example of a community built around open source for the oil & gas vertical, also leveraging Fledge.

Why is LF Edge important to advance the future of edge computing? 

LF Edge promotes sustainable ecosystems and communities of peers that fosters cross-industry collaboration, enables organizations to speed up adoption and delivers value to end users. LF edge is a neutral home for code and collaboration built on trust that focuses on edge computing projects.

What is AVEVA’s role in edge computing and LF Edge?

AVEVA, a leader in industrial software, is helping to drive the growth of the Fledge technology that was initially contributed by fellow collaborators and member organization Dianomic. AVEVA is also currently working on a reseller agreement with Dianomic with Fledge at its core. 

The AVEVA Edge solution offers SCADA, HMI and IoT Edge solutions for OEMs, System Integrators, and end users with a focus on interoperability, mobility, and portability that runs on Linux. The PI Edge technology collects real-time data from remote assets and IIoT devices for intelligence that spans the entire operation. 

What advice do you give to organizations who want to get involved in the LF Edge community?

Participate and contribute. Contributions come in many different shapes. Network with your peers, lead by example and let your voice be heard. At LF Edge, you will find a community ready to support and mentor you in your journey. Come join us!

About LF Edge:

LF Edge is an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. With the support of 28 Premier members, 28 General members and 14 associate members, LF Edge hosts 11 projects including Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE, Fledge and more. Advance the future of edge computing with LF Edge and become a paying member.