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Your Path to Edge Computing: Akraino Edge Stack’s Release 1

By | Akraino, Blog

By Kandan Kathirvel, Akraino Edge Stack TSC-Chair and Tina Tsou, Akraino Edge Stack TSC Co-Chair

The Akraino community was proud to announce the availability of its release 1 on June 6th. The community has experienced extremely rapid growth over the past year, in terms of both membership and community activity: Akraino includes broad contributions from across LF Edge, with 60% of LF Edge’s 60+ members contributing to project, as well as several other developers across the globe.

Before Akraino, developers had to download multiple open source software packages and integrate/test on deployable hardware, which prolonged innovation and increased cost. The Akraino community came up with a brilliant way to solve this integration challenge with the Blueprint model.

An Akraino Blueprint is not just a diagram; it’s real code that brings everything together so users can download and deploy the edge stack in their own environment to address a specific edge use case. Example use cases include IoT gateway, MEC for connected car, and a RAN intelligent controller that enables 5G infrastructure.

The Blueprints address interoperability, packaging, and testing under open standards, which reduces both overall deployment costs and integration time by users. The Akraino community will supply Blueprints across the LF Edge portfolio of projects, with plans to address 5G, IoT and a range of other edge use cases.

The key strength of the Akraino community is the well-defined process to welcome new Blueprints, new members, users and developers. The technical community is comprised of a Technical Steering committee (TSC), which consists of representatives from across member companies. The TSC acts as a “watchdog” to set process, monitor the community, and ensure open collaboration. In addition to the TSC, the Akraino community has seven sub-committees focused on much-needed areas such as security, edge APIs, CI and validation labs, upstream collaborations, documentation, process and community. Regular meetings are scheduled to ensure broader collaboration and accelerate progress on the various projects. The community calendar can be found here. It is not necessary to be a member to join the community calls, we invite anyone interested in learning more to join!

The above picture illustrates the primary use of Akraino R1 Blueprints and its targeted deployment areas. The release 1 Blueprints cover everything from a larger deployment in a telco-based edge cloud to a smaller deployment, such as in a public building like a stadium. Each Blueprint is validated via community standards on real physical lab hardware, hosted by either the community or the users.

Akraino Edge Stack prides itself on continuous refinement and development to ensure the success of Blueprints and projects. The community is already planning R2, which will include both new Blueprints and enhancements to existing Blueprints, tools for automated Blueprint validations, defined edge API’s, new community lab hardware, and much more. For future events and meetings please visit: https://wiki.akraino.org/display/AK/Akraino+TSC+Group+Calendar.

 

TelecomTV: Akraino Edge Stack makes its formal debut with telco-specific architecture blueprints for 5G and IoT

By | Akraino, In the News
  • Inaugural release unifies multiple sectors of the edge;
  • Release 1 delivers tested and validated deployment-ready blueprints;
  • Creating a framework for defining and standardising APIs across stacks;
  • Akraino is part of the LF Edge organisation

Forget the expanding universe, for telcos it is all about the ever-expanding network edge, which just got a little bit bigger yesterday with the news that the Akraino open source project has published its first software release. Although it was only launched in February 2018, Akraino had a rich pedigree with seed code from AT&T and has enjoyed plenty of support during its short time under the Linux Foundation’s LF Edge umbrella.

Akraino Edge Stack, to give the project its full name, is focused on creating an open source software stack that supports a high-availability cloud stack optimised for edge computing systems and applications. It is being designed to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for enterprise edge, OTT edge, as well as telecoms edge networks. The project promises to give users new levels of flexibility to scale their edge cloud services quickly, to maximise the applications and functions supported at the edge, and to help ensure the reliability of critical systems.

“Akraino Release 1 represents the first milestone towards creation of a much-needed common framework for edge solutions that address a diverse set of edge use cases,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “With the support of experts from all across the industry, we are paving the way to enable and support future technology at the edge.”

Read the full article here.

LinuxGuizmos: LF Edge announces first Akraino release for open edge computing

By | Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, In the News, Project EVE

The Linux Foundation’s LF Edge project announced the first release of the Akraino Edge Stack with 10 “blueprints” for different edge computing scenarios. Also: LF Edge recently announced new members and the transfer of seed code from Zededa to Project EVE.

The Akraino Edge Stack project, which earlier this year was folded into the Linux Foundation’s LF Edge umbrella initiative for open source edge computing, announced the availability of Akraino Edge Stack Release 1 (Akraino R1). Last month, LF Edge announced new members and further momentum behind its Project EVE edge technology. More recently Linux Journal’s Doc Searls published a piece on the LF’s 5G efforts and argued for more grass-roots involvement in LF Edge (see farther below).

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Converge! Network Digest: LF Edge marks first release of Akraino

By | Akraino, In the News

LF Edge marked the first release of Akraino Edge Stack Release 1, which is an open source software stack for edge computing systems and applications.

LF Edge is part of the Linux Foundation.

“Akraino R1 represents the first milestone towards creation of a much-needed common framework for edge solutions that address a diverse set of edge use cases,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “With the support of experts from all across the industry, we are paving the way to enable and support future technology at the edge.”

Akraino is currently comprised of 11+ blueprint families with 19+ specific blueprints under development to support a variety of edge use cases.

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FierceWireless: Akraino Edge stack emerges from LF Edge to provide framework for 5G, IoT

By | Akraino, In the News

LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation, announced the availability of Akraino Edge Stack Release 1, setting a framework to address 5G, IoT and a range of edge use cases.

LF Edge was first launched in January with a mission to create a unified open source framework for the edge. It started with more than 60 founding members and grew from there. At that time, Akraino Edge Stack was announced as one of its projects.

Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT at the foundation, said the Akraino project continues its momentum with operators’ network edge and the enterprise/IoT edge that emanates out of it.

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SDxCentral: LF Edge Targets Telcos With Akraino Edge Stack Release

By | Akraino, In the News, Uncategorized

Akraino Edge Stack, an open source edge computing project aimed at addressing telecom, enterprise, and industrial IoT use cases, is now available with 10 deployment-ready blueprints. The project, housed under the LF Edge group, is an open source software stack that is also designed to improve and expand the flexibility of edge cloud services in the 5G core, virtual radio access networks (vRAN), universal CPE (uCPE), SD-WAN, and carrier edge media processing.

“From a telco perspective we believe that there are three things that they’re extremely well equipped with, and that’s what differentiates the telcos in this world of edge,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager of edge, IoT, and networking at Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation launched Akraino in early 2018, and it formed LF Edge in January as an umbrella group for its five open source edge computing projects.

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SmarterMSP: LF Edge launches frameworks for building edge solutions

By | Akraino, In the News

The Linux Foundation wants to make it simpler for managed service providers (MSPs) to construct their own edge computing solutions using open source software. The LF Edge arm of the Linux Foundation announced the availability of a set of frameworks and validated reference architectures for build edge solutions, for everything from Internet of Things (IoT) environments to 5G wireless networking services based on the Akraino Edge Stack.

Officially launched last year, Release 1 of the Akraino Edge Stack provides access to more than 11 blueprint classes, with more than an additional 19 blueprints under development. Arpit Joshipura, general manager for networking, automation, edge, and IoT at the Linux Foundation, says that unlike other reference architectures, these blueprints are made up of declarative open source components and associated best practices. This makes it simpler to build, deploy, secure, and manage edge computing platforms.

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SDxCentral: Edge Magnifies Open Source Challenges, Opportunities

By | Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, In the News, Project EVE

There are almost as many open source groups and projects working on edge computing as there are definitions of edge — one such project, in fact, focuses exclusively on defining edge terms. This is partially due to the hype, and consolidation will probably happen as the hype turns into real-life deployments and concrete use cases.

We’re already seeing some signs of open source groups working together to solve edge challenges and take advantage of the opportunity it provides. The Linux Foundation and open standards body ETSI, for example, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to “bring open source and standards closer and foster synergies between them.” As it relates to edge, this means Akraino — which is the Linux Foundation’s open source edge software stack — will incorporate the ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) APIs directly into the stack.

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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

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