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

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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., Foundries.io, 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: www.lfedge.org.

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.

About The Linux Foundation

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Founding Member Support for LF Edge

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Premier Members

Baidu
“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
“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.

Huawei

“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

Intel
“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.

InwinSTACK
“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

MobiledgeX
“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.

Netsia
“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

Nokia
“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

NTT
“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
“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

Tencent
“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

Canonical
“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.

Foundries.io
“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 Foundries.io

Packet
“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  

Pluribus
“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.  

RackN
“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.”

iMasons
“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

EdgeX Foundry Announces Additional Security Functionality, New Management Features and the Ability to Create Flexible, Smaller IoT Solutions with New Delhi Code

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EdgeX welcomes EMQ Enterprise and Foundries.io as new members to help create a unified edge ecosystem

SAN FRANCISCO – December 13, 2018EdgeX Foundry, an open-source, vendor-neutral project that enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play components to unify the IoT edge computing marketplace, today announced the availability of its enhanced Delhi code that offers management features, additional security functionality, new Software Developer Kits (SDK), and an updated user interface. This third major code release also offers the ability to connect to a wide-range of databases and operate EdgeX in lightweight devices.

IoT solutions are inherently heterogeneous and an open IoT interoperability framework like EdgeX Foundry accelerates time to value in developing and deploying real-world use cases such as building automation, energy management, asset management and logistics. The Delhi code, which was initially released in November, enables users  to manage important functions such as buffering and filtering data, applying security measures and the ability for organizations to select and use the data store that best fits their use case and system needs.

“The EdgeX Foundry framework enables developers to build complete IoT Edge solutions from an open ecosystem of EdgeX compatible microservices for sensor connectivity, analytics, cloud connectivity, deployment and more,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry Chair of the Technical Steering Committee and CEO of IOTech. “The Delhi release includes the initial system management capability, the next wave of security features, and offers the opportunity to select the database of choice. It saves the developer time and resources and now offers the opportunity for them to use EdgeX in lightweight devices.”

Key features and benefits for the Delhi code include:

  • The first EdgeX system management capability, as the one-stop shop for managing an instance of EdgeX;
  • Security features such as access control to grant access to appropriate services and improved security service bootstrapping;
  • New Go-lang and C SDKs that allow developers to create smaller, lighter and faster device/sensor connecting services;
  • A collection of sample services and a new simple simulator that developers can use to learn the EdgeX device service framework and speed up their development efforts;
  • New user interfaces that help to visually showcase EdgeX functionality;
  • Improved resiliency, more decoupled and better tested services;
  • Updated EdgeX services that connect with a wider-range of databases such as Redis and MongoDB; and
  • The EdgeX Foundry snap published in the the Snap Store for the first time.

The full list of Delhi features can be found here and more about the enhancements to the Redis connection can be found in this Redis Labs blog post.

Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the EdgeX platform is architected to run on any hardware or operating system and unify components coded in any programming language to accelerate time to market and simplify the deployment of secure IoT solutions. The framework serves as a de facto standard to bring together any mix of existing connectivity protocols with an ecosystem of heterogeneous value-add applications.

As EdgeX Foundry continues its technical momentum, it also welcomes EMQ Enterprise and Foundries.io to join the many member companies that hail from 18 countries across the globe.

“The EdgeX Foundry technical community intends to build on Delhi and offer even more customization in areas like messaging, security, communications and system management as we move forward,” said Jason Shepherd, EdgeX Foundry Governing Board Chair and Dell Technologies IoT and Edge Computing CTO. “We are excited to welcome these new member companies into the community and help us get one step closer to a trusted unified edge ecosystem.”

New member quotes:

“EMQ X is one of the most popular IoT message brokers in the open source community that supports several IoT protocols such as MQTT, MQTT-SN, CoAP and LwM2M. We are also investing in developing open source edge brokers that can support different IoT protocols with small footprints running on edge devices,” said Feng Lee, EMQ X CEO and Project Initiator. “As an open-source, vendor-neutral project that enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play components, EdgeX Foundry easily helps the 3rd party integrate different components to the framework. We are excited to join EdgeX Foundry and contribute our expertise to the community and build better edge solutions.”

“Our mission is to provide secure, OTA updatable platform (firmware and OS) architecture and cloud independent software for Edge and Fog devices” said George Grey, CEO of Foundries.io. “EdgeX Foundry and other container-based technologies provide the applications and services platforms for provisioning and deployment of the next generation of Edge computing. We look forward to participating in the EdgeX Foundry community with our complementary open source “southbound” platforms to accelerate time to market for secure OTA updatable products based on EdgeX.”

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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EdgeX Foundry Seeds an Open Marketplace for IoT Edge Computing with New Developer Kits and Smart Building Automation Community Demo at IoT Solutions World Congress

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Intel, Redis Labs, ZEDEDA and six other tech influencers commit to IoT interoperability and join EdgeX’s mission to create a unified edge ecosystem

BARCELONA, SPAIN and SAN FRANCISCO – October 15, 2018EdgeX Foundry, an open-source, vendor-neutral project that enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play components to unify the IoT edge computing marketplace, today announced the availability of EdgeX-enabled developer kits and a Smart Building Automation Community Demonstrator that will debut at IoT Solutions World Congress on October 16-18 in Barcelona.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the EdgeX platform is architected to run on any hardware or operating system and unify components coded in any programming language to accelerate time to market and simplify the deployment of secure IoT solutions. The framework serves as a de facto standard to bring together any mix of existing connectivity protocols with an ecosystem of heterogeneous value-add applications.

EdgeX-enabled Developer Kits Offer Freedom of Choice 

Developer kits are important tools for building new applications and solutions. A variety of dev kits are already on the market; however, the majority of these kits lock the developer into a particular back-end platform or cloud. In comparison, dev kits based on the EdgeX framework will provide developers with the freedom to choose from an ecosystem of components bound together by the EdgeX interoperability APIs.

“With the emergence of these dev kits, developers will have the opportunity to prototype with their choice of ingredients while taking advantage of plug-in components from EdgeX’s growing vendor-neutral ecosystem,” said Jason Shepherd, EdgeX Foundry Governing Board Chair and Dell Technologies IoT and Edge Computing CTO. “This allows them to focus on innovation rather than reinvention, in addition to being able to add and exchange components at any time to optimize their solution throughout the development and deployment lifecycle.”

There will be two different kinds of dev kits – community and commercial. For options in the community track, the bill of materials will be purchased independently online, the code will be downloaded straight from a special repository on the project GitHub, and questions will be answered through forums like the EdgeX Rocket Chat. The first kit is based on the Samsung Artik with Grove sensor, and options will grow through community contributions over time. More information on the community dev kits can be found on the EdgeX website here.

The commercial track for the dev kits will provide EdgeX members with the ability to seed the emergence of an open marketplace for IoT edge computing. These kits will offer end users with attractive options to get started with professional support so they can focus on their preferred value-add rather than supporting open source code. Commercial options will include kits based on supported versions of the EdgeX framework itself (neutral to any plug-in value add), kits based on specific IoT platforms, and microservice plug-ins for value-add such as analytics, data orchestration and security.

Smart Building Automation Use Case Community Demo

EdgeX Foundry is debuting a new community demo at IoT Solutions World Congress that will highlight the platform’s ability to bring together heterogeneous solution components. This first community demo showcases how EdgeX can 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. You can see the live demo at the EdgeX Foundry booth, located at Gran Via Hall 2, Street C, Stand 361. Other members with demos in the booth include Basking Automation, CloudPlugs, Enigmedia, IOTech, Redis Labs, RSA, VMware and ZEDEDA.

This is the first of a series of planned community demos, which will be used to showcase the full capabilities of the EdgeX IoT platform across several use cases and vertical markets in addition to seeding efforts for plug-fests and test beds.

Third Code Release

The growth and diversity of the EdgeX ecosystem over the last year has helped the technical community hit major milestones including the “California” release, which made the switch to Golang for the baseline reference implementation. Since the release in April, EdgeX Foundry unique code contributions from members and non-members alike have more than doubled to 70 on a regular basis.

These contributors have played a major role in the upcoming “Delhi” release, which offers major enhancements including the first management features, more security functionality such as access control and improved security bootstrapping, C and Golang-based Device Service SDKs and a reference GUI for demos and simple deployments. Projected to launch in November, the Delhi code will be well-suited for end users to begin developing commercial offers and production deployments. To find more details about Delhi or the EdgeX roadmap, visit the wiki here.

Intel joins the EdgeX Ecosystem

Launched in 2017, EdgeX Foundry has created an open community that values contributions and participation from member companies that hail from 18 countries across the globe. In fact, EdgeX has gained the attention of organizations from all facets of the IoT landscape – from startups to technology giants – including Intel, which is one of the nine newest members.

 “Today’s announcement represents one more step in Intel’s open source journey and increased role in the advocacy, use and contribution across the ecosystem,” said Stacey Shulman, chief innovation officer for Retail Solutions at Intel. “Intel’s involvement in EdgeX Foundry will help drive scale and accessibility of solutions for both our customers and businesses of all sizes.”

Other new EdgeX Foundry project members include Basking Automation GmbH, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), DATA AHEAD, CertusNet, Redis Labs, the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) /Embedded Lab, Windmill Enterprise and ZEDEDA.

“We’re standing at a critical point for digital transformation,” said Shepherd. “The massive volume of devices coming online represents a huge opportunity for innovation and is making edge computing a necessity. We need an open, cloud-native edge ecosystem enabled by EdgeX to minimize reinvention and facilitate building and deploying distributed, interoperable applications from the edge to the cloud. We’re thrilled to welcome these new member organizations into our already strong community that shares the same commitment to open collaboration and innovation.”

To learn more about EdgeX Foundry, please visit the website and wiki pages.

New Member Quotes

Basking Automation

“From our experience, we know that every building has its own challenges. To best serve our customers, we need to be flexible in terms of the hardware and protocols we use, so partnering with EdgeX Foundry is a logical step for us,” said Eldar Gizzatov, co-founder and CEO of Basking Automation. “Interoperability that comes with EdgeX-based software allows us to speed up the process of integrating smart building equipment such as meters, thermostats, and lighting controls. This faster deployment is a real game-changer for the industry.”

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)

“Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications will promote the healthy development of the IoT ecosystem through the EdgeX Foundry framework,” said Professor Yonghua Li. “EdgeX Foundry will promote collaboration with Chinese enterprises of all sizes, and improve the interconnection and interoperability of IoT.  This is a good foundation for the development of edge computing and it will help us meet the huge demand. In fact, we already have students developing with EdgeX.”

CertusNet

“CertusNet implements industrial protocol conversion, edge data collection, persistent storage and lightweight data analysis by integrating EdgeX in intelligent gateways. It also integrates multiple microservices with edge computing capabilities in the gateway. We have successfully applied smart gateways to the industrial arena to help companies achieve video pre-processing, predictive maintenance and production process improvements,” said Jian Mao, Vice President of CertusNet Flexible Edge Computing Research Center. “CertusNet is optimistic about the unparalleled ecological value of EdgeX. Meanwhile, CertusNet is committed to creating a richer ecosystem for the EdgeX Foundry community and providing the industry with flexible service based on edge computing models.

Data Ahead

“In our experience, the way to success in IoT is to create value chains among best-in-class players. Even the most integrated, biggest and deepest pockets player can not make it alone,” said Ulrich Grauvogel, Chief Marketing Officer for Data Ahead AG. “Any proprietary or integrated ecosystem will lack one or more of the IoT raw data key criteria of Velocity, Volume, Variety, Volatility and Visibility. With ElasticGear and HIFIVE by Data Ahead, any player on application level is ready to view and access the required raw data without obstacles provided by dedicated Edge or proprietary storage. We’re excited to bring this to the table and help make the EdgeX Foundry ecosystem stronger.”

Redis Labs

“RedisEdge is the ideal database for IoT edge use cases. It has blazing fast performance (millions of writes/sec) with <1ms latency and small S/W footprint (<5MB), and can run on a wide variety of IoT edge devices including ARM-32, enabling analytics of data closer to the source and responding faster to real-time business needs,” said Rob Schauble, VP of IoT & Emerging Technologies at Redis Labs. “We are excited to join EdgeX Foundry and work together to create simplified, distributed computing directly on the edge for latency critical applications.”

Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG)/The Embedded Lab

“The Embedded Lab, located at Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), is responsible for integrating academy and industry through innovation, research and development projects, that are results of the partnership between its professors/researchers and companies around the world,” said Dalton Valadares, a Researcher at Embedded Lab. “We believe EdgeX Foundry can help developers to provide robust IoT solutions, and can become the de facto standard for the IoT ecosystem. Our hope is that we can contribute to consolidate the use and development of EdgeX Foundry in Brazil.”

Windmill Enterprise

“We support EdgeX Foundry’s leadership role in moving industrial IoT intelligence to the edge, where it belongs. With that said, enterprise adoption of IoT solutions remains slow due to inconsistent security implementations across various IoT platforms,” said Michael Hathaway, CO-Founder and CEO of Windmill Enterprise. “Windmill Enterprise is committed to working with the EdgeX community to create a uniform system where enterprises can manage their user and machine identities and enforce security policies in a uniform manner across all these systems. We feel EdgeX Foundry has created a platform that is complementary to our solution and look forward to contributing.”

ZEDEDA

“ZEDEDA’s vision of unleashing cloud-native apps to run anywhere, on any device, over any network aligns perfectly with EdgeX Foundry’s charter of driving open interoperability between edge devices,” said Joel Vincent, CMO of ZEDEDA. “We are excited to join EdgeX Foundry and support this effort as this approach is the only path to truly scaling out apps and unleashing the business-impacting promise of cloud-native IoT and edge applications across a diverse ecosystem of edge hardware.”

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Akraino Edge Stack Moves into Execution with Project Governance Formation and Ecosystem Growth

By | Akraino, Announcement

Under The Linux Foundation, new open source project at the edge gathers momentum to support broad range of Telco, Enterprise, and Industrial IoT use cases

San Francisco – August 20, 2018 — The Akraino Edge Stack, a Linux Foundation project creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications, today announced it has has moved from formation into execution. The project welcomes members Arm, AT&T, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel Corporation, inwinSTACK, Juniper Networks, Nokia, Qualcomm, Radisys, Red Hat, and Wind River as it solidifies its governing structure and begins technical documentation.

The Akraino Edge Stack is designed to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for enterprise edge, OTT edge, and carrier edge networks. It will offer users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the applications and functions supported at the edge, and to help ensure the reliability of systems that must be up at all times.

“Since forming earlier this year, the Akraino Edge Stack project has generated strong industry support and is now well-positioned to create blueprints optimized for various edge use cases,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “We are pleased to welcome leading members with a broad swath of edge expertise and resources to collaborate on improving the state of open source edge software.”

The community has established a lightweight governance structure that welcomes technical contributions from all participants. The Technical Steering Committee (TSC), responsible for setting the technical direction of the project, is composed of active committers within the community with no prerequisite of financial contribution. The Governing Board, comprised of one representative from each member organization, is responsible for general oversight and will hold its first meeting later this month.

Akraino Edge Stack will support a broad range of Telco, Enterprise, and Industrial Edge use cases, with a focus on creating blueprints that will consist of validated hardware and software configurations against defined use case and performance specifications.  Work has already begun to create these use case- based blueprints, with technical details now available on the project wiki. In addition, the community aims to tackle API definition where gaps exist to achieve edge use case objectives.

The growing community will come together August 23-24 in Middletown, NJ for the Akraino Edge Stack Developer Summit. Hosted by AT&T Labs, the 1.5 day event will focus on technical discussion of the project with sessions on blueprints, seed code, architecture and more.

Akraino Edge Stack seed code will be opened up to the community this week based on AT&T’s seed code, (the Network Cloud blueprint,) contributed to The Linux Foundation. To learn more and register to attend and help shape the future of the edge, visit https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/akraino-edge-stack-developer-summit/.

Comments from Akraino Edge Stack Board Members

“The edge of tomorrow’s network will enable a trillion connected devices and be defined by power efficiency, performance, and flexibility, fundamental hallmarks of Arm-based solutions,” said Mohamed Awad, vice president of marketing, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Our collaboration within the Akraino Edge Stack project will showcase how the Arm ecosystem has architected solutions specifically tailored to meet the demands of distributed computing at the network edge.”

“We welcome the new members to the Akraino Edge Stack project. As a community, we can expand the development of next gen zero-touch edge cloud infrastructure for carrier and enterprise networks, and foster a new ecosystem of applications that demand high performance, ultra-low latency and blazing speed,” said Mazin Gilbert, vice president of Advanced Technology & Systems, AT&T. “Embracing open interfaces and collaboration with edge computing will expedite new solutions and innovations for 5G services.”

“We fully embrace disaggregation as a means of driving innovation in communications service provider networks,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions. “We see edge as the real enabler and onramp to the cloud and joined the Akraino Edge Stack project to help lead this important effort for customers to quickly scale edge cloud services.”

“Ericsson has a long history of leading standardization activities and open source projects for virtualization and cloud,” said Lars Mårtensson, head of Solution Area Cloud and NFV Infrastructure, Ericsson. “With the advent of 5G, we see clear business opportunities with the edge cloud use cases requiring distributed cloud capabilities across the network for enterprises, operators, OTT, IoT, and vertical applications. Distributed cloud will cater for lower latency, more efficient use of bandwidth, and enhanced security. The Akraino Edge Stack will play a key role in the evolution of distributed cloud. Ericsson has joined Akraino to work with the member community, thereby supporting the participating operators to develop an industry leading edge stack.”

“With the evolution of the digitalization and intelligent technologies in human society, edge computing will become the next focus in the industry,” said Bill Ren, VP, Network Industry & Ecosystem Development, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. “The rapid and healthy development of an ecosystem is the key to business sustainability. Huawei believes that the industry needs a unified full-stack framework to build a rich and open developer and application ecosystem, and that is why we are happy to be a co-founder of  the Akranio Edge Stacj community. We hope that the industry will work together to build an open, collaborative and win-win platform to build a smart society with all things connected.”

“The Akraino project helps fill a critical gap in the ecosystem by supporting the rapid scale of edge solutions across Industrial, Enterprise and Telco. We look forward to establishing Akraino as a blueprint, helping to form the foundation of known-good software and hardware configurations that the ecosystem can easily adopt to foster collaborative development across industries and speed innovation,” said Imad Sousou, corporate vice president and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center, Intel. “We highly anticipate a continued collaboration to realize the bright future that is edge computing.”

“Edge computing has become a key technology that enterprises and telecommunication companies are actively investing and promoting. As a major long-time contributor in open source technologies, inwinSTACK is excited to be a part of the Akraino project,” said Joseph Wang, Vice President, inwinSTACK Inc. “We believe the Akraino project will play an important role in developing a common standard for edge computing, and our partnership will strengthen our ability to deliver enterprise-grade edge cloud solutions to organizations seeking to drive business values and innovations.”

“As application use cases at the edge continue to emerge, the need for a lightweight, low-latency, secure edge stack that’s also easy to deploy and manage is becoming more and more clear,” said Randy Bias, vice president of Technology and Strategy for Cloud Software , Juniper Networks. “The goal of Akraino is to deliver that stack in an open model allowing both network operators and the enterprises that rely on them to innovate and differentiate further up the stack. Juniper is actively engaged with the communities that are supporting edge infrastructure and Akraino is an important part of that mix.”

“Nokia is excited to join the Akraino Edge Stack project to support the emerging edge cloud ecosystem across multiple industries,” said Antti Romppanen, head of Cloud Foundation Product Management, Nokia. “Nokia has a long experience with carrier grade edge stacks, being the first company to demonstrate radio access network functions on OpenStack cloud infrastructure and recently launching Nokia’s Open Edge server specifically targeting edge deployments. We are looking forward to sharing our experience in the Akraino project!”

“Mobile edge computing is a game-changer for service providers as it enables them to deliver applications with ultra-low latency requirements, to save backhaul costs, and to make intelligent and informed decisions based on data analytics and thereby better manage their networks,” said Neeraj Patel, vice president and general manager, Software and Services Solutions, Radisys. “While proprietary edge computing solutions exist, at Radisys we believe that open platforms and solutions at the edge are critical for multiple 5G, enterprise and IoT use cases, and we are proud to bring our expertise in RAN, edge architectures and open telecom solutions to the Akraino project. We look forward to collaborating with the Akraino community to enable open end-to-end edge solutions.”

“The edge, serverless and virtualized central office (VCO) are important to telecommunications service provider and enterprise customers alike, which is why Red Hat is excited to join and actively contribute to the Akraino project,” said Tom Nadeau, technical director, NFV, Red Hat. “The Akraino Edge Stack  project can represent a clearer path towards consistent, automated larger-scale deployments in these areas. We look forward to our collaboration with the Linux Foundation and the community.”

“Across multiple industries, we see companies increasingly leveraging virtualized edge solutions to reduce their operational costs and prepare for the explosion of 5G and IoT use cases by deploying secure, flexible software-based solutions as replacements to legacy, fixed-function hardware. Wind River is committed to working with the open source community to build critical infrastructure for the edge,” said Glenn Seiler, vice president of Product Management and Strategy for Software-defined Infrastructure,  Wind River. “We are looking forward to working with the Akraino Edge Stack project to accelerate edge solutions and integrate upstream components using a common framework for edge computing. Akraino will play an important role by building blueprints for a range of cross-industry use cases.”

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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EdgeX Foundry Celebrates 1st Anniversary at Hannover Messe with New Annual Community Awards Program and Continued Growth

By | Announcement, EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry Logo

Open source IoT edge project continues to experience global momentum and widespread adoption

HANNOVER, Germany – April 23, 2018EdgeX Foundry, an open source project building a common interoperability framework to facilitate an ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing, marks its one-year anniversary with a substantial member presence at Hannover Messe and the launch of its first annual Community Awards program.

Introduced last April by The Linux Foundation and numerous members, EdgeX Foundry has grown into a highly respected platform that makes it easier to build, deploy, run and scale IIoT solutions given its native interoperability. Attracting small start-up companies to technology giants, the project has seen a 50 percent growth in the last year and has grown its global footprint to almost 80 member companies in 17 countries.

Some of these members and their technology will be on display at Hannover Messe in Germany from April 23-27. The EdgeX Foundry booth, Hall 6: B17, will feature interactive demos from Canonical, Dell, IOTech, IoTium, RSA, Software AG and VMware and exclusive keynotes in the booth theatre. A complete schedule of the keynotes and demo information can be found in this blog.

EdgeX Community Awards

To mark its momentum, EdgeX Foundry launched the first annual EdgeX Foundry Community Awards to honor those individuals who have contributed in leadership and innovative solutions. Community members nominated their peers, and the EdgeX Foundry Governing Board selected two winners for the Contribution Award, which highlights leaders who have helped EdgeX Foundry advance momentum this year through working groups, special projects, and/or contributed large amounts of code, bug fixes or documentation, while the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) selected two winners for the Innovation Award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed the most innovative solution. Winners will be announced at Hannover Messe.

“We are excited to recognize leaders in our community who have helped EdgeX Foundry become a trailblazer,” said Jason Shepherd, Chair of the EdgeX Foundry Governing Board and Dell Technologies IoT CTO. “Member companies both small and large are active in the EdgeX technical community in various ways and are leveraging EdgeX in their product and solutions roadmaps. In fact, we’ll see a few prototypes later this year.”

Building Momentum Ahead of California

In February 2018, EdgeX Foundry released the California Preview, giving developers early access to some elements of the California code release that support more efficient microservices and establish a path toward scalability. The California preview features several GoLang microservices that are drop-in replacements for the Java versions, including core services like Core Data, Metadata and Command.

The full California release will be available in Summer 2018 and represents a major step in evolving the EdgeX framework to support the developer requirements for deployment in business-critical IIoT applications.

“We are just at the beginning of this IoT journey,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry Chair of the Technical Steering Committee and CEO of IOTech. “EdgeX Foundry continues to hit milestones, and as we work towards the California release in June, the platform will be able to quickly and securely deliver interoperability between components, applications and services across a wide range of IoT use cases.”

Several project members, including Cavium, Cloud of Things, Dell, IOTech, Mocana, RSA and VMware, have already started to provide commercial solutions based on EdgeX, while others have embedded EdgeX technologies into their product and solution roadmaps. Additionally, the Government of Serbia Innovation Fund has awarded member Mainflux a grant to develop MFX-1, an IoT edge gateway powered by EdgeX platform. For more information about the grant, click here.

Ecosystem Expansion

EdgeX Foundry has made significant progress in its first year and has reached engagement on a global scale from countries such as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Canada, Israel, Germany and Japan. More than 200 people from member companies join weekly and quarterly face-to-face meetings to align on project goals, develop working groups and identify project maintainers and committers across key functional areas. This month, EdgeX Foundry welcomes the addition of five new members, including Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP), ETRI, ISSAT Mateur, Samsung SDS and Volterra.

“CIP is committed to developing, testing and maintaining an industrial-grade software that lays the foundation needed for essential global civil infrastructure and economic systems for the next few decades,” said Urs Gleim, Head of the Central Smart Embedded Systems Group at Siemens and CIP Governing Board Chair. “EdgeX Foundry aligns with our industrial-grade edge software mission and will help us create a reliable and secure stack for smarter cities and stronger civil infrastructure systems of the future.”

“Since its foundation in 1976, ETRI has made a huge effort to grow the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Korea,” said Dongsoo LEE, VP of ETRI Honam Research Center. “EdgeX is a promising platform to support real-time data communication among a vast number of IIoT end devices with different communication standards. Time-Sensitive Networking is a key feature for innovative applications in Smart City and Smart Energy and we are delighted to collaborate on this project.”

“ISSAT Mateur is excited to join EdgeX Foundry and work on integrating a full open source platform to support the growing demand and the diverse traffic patterns coming from smart devices in diverse IoT systems,” said Dr. Akram Hakiri, Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist  at ISSAT Mateur. “We at ISSAT Mateur believe that the EdgeX Framework will make it possible to bring the cloud computing micro-services, such as communication, computation, network control and storage, to the network edge at single hop users’ edge wireless devices to improve network reliability. This will offer significant progress in meeting the needs of diverse IoT scenarios such as urban mobility (connected cars in smart cities), multimedia content delivery, smart grids and Industry 4.0.”

“With the explosion of IoT connectivity across all industry sectors, we are seeing a demand for monitoring and operation of the edge as well as optimization and analytics through intelligent edge platform from our customers,” said Gyeongil Chae, the Vice President and Head of the Enterprise IoT Business Team for Samsung SDS. “Samsung SDS is excited to collaborate with EdgeX Foundry members, and look forward to working with them in developing standardized framework for IoT edge computing that ensures interoperability and vendor neutrality. In fact, we plan on enhancing the competitiveness of edge computing in industrial IoT by applying the EdgeX framework to our SDS IoT platform, Brightics IoT.”

“At Volterra, we believe the future of modern applications and autonomous systems require a highly scalable and distributed infrastructure focused on the simple and secure consumption of performance and data driven services,” said Marco Rodrigues, Vice President of Products at Volterra. “EdgeX Foundry’s charter aligns with Volterra’s mission that an open ecosystem is mandatory for driving innovation and interoperability for the edge computing industry to evolve. We’re excited to be taking part in the community’s evolution.”

For more information and to learn how to get involved, please visit the following EdgeX Foundry resources:

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation Announces Expanded Industry Commitment to Akraino Edge Stack

By | Akraino, Announcement

Intel Corporation to contribute Wind River® Titanium Cloud Software and Intel® Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit

LOS ANGELES (Open Networking Summit), March 27, 2018 – The Linux Foundation today announced expanded industry support, along with Intel Corporation’s commitment to open source major components of its Wind River® Titanium Cloud portfolio of technologies and the Intel® Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit (Intel® NEV SDK). These production quality components from Intel Corporation will be contributed to Akraino Edge Stack, the open source community creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications. These contributions supplement AT&T code designed for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers to support reliability and performance requirements.

Intel, along with Altiostar, China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Docker, Huawei, iFlyTek, New H3C Group, Tencent, ZTE, and 99Cloud will join the open source community working to improve the state of edge computing infrastructure.

While several open source projects exist to help solve pieces of the puzzle, no single project currently meets the need for an edge infrastructure solution. Integration of existing technologies with Akraino Edge Stack will help deliver ease of use, greater reliability, unique features, and network performance.

The Wind River Titanium Cloud components have a foundation built on open source standards, but extended and hardened to address critical infrastructure requirements, such as the high availability, fault management, and performance management needed for continuous 24/7 operation, as well as the low latency, high performance, scalability, and security needed for edge and IoT workloads. These contributions alleviate the challenges of assembling an edge cloud stack from the ground up. In addition, Wind River Titanium Cloud brings field proven and mature technology to the open source community. Already compact and performant for edge computing, these technologies will reduce the effort needed to optimize the packages for deployment, and enable operational efficiencies and reliability. The components include new open source assets, as well as many patches to existing open source projects, such as OpenStack, QEMU and Ceph.

The Intel NEV SDK contribution provides a suite of reference libraries and APIs to enable edge-computing solutions for different network deployment scenarios, including small cells, macro cells, wireline, aggregation sites, and central offices. The SDK is designed to remove the need for application developers to understand the complexity and implementation attributes of the underlying network protocols. The Intel NEV SDK libraries have already been validated and deployed with Wind River Titanium Cloud technology.

The community has established a lightweight governance structure that welcomes technical contributions from all participants. The technical steering committee, responsible for setting the technical direction of the project, will be composed of active committers within the community with no prerequisite of financial contribution.

“We’ve seen strong interest in Akraino Edge Stack since introducing the project, and are gratified that Intel is taking a leadership role with key Wind River code contributions,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “As we move toward a full launch of Akraino Edge Stack in the coming months, we invite organizations and developers interested in contributing to the community to join us in working to define an open source solution for edge computing.”

“Intel’s contribution of production-quality edge computing infrastructure software offers users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services faster, maximize the applications or subscribers supported on each server, and help ensure the reliability of systems,” said Imad Sousou, corporate vice president and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center, Intel. “This project helps provide an open and scalable platform to encourage broad community involvement, accelerating innovation and edge stack productization across the ecosystem.”

“The industry needs to address the gaps that exist from building solutions with ‘best-of-breed’ components from multiple open source projects. Until now there hasn’t been a single open source platform that can reduce fragmentation and drive the scale and acceleration needed,” said Jim Douglas, president of Wind River. “We look forward to collaborating with industry leaders under The Linux Foundation and contributing Wind River’s proven infrastructure software assets to the Akraino Edge Stack, and we are confident this project will accelerate the industry towards a common open source edge platform.”

Industry Support for Akraino Edge Stack

“We welcome Intel along with other key industry players to the Akraino Edge Stack community. Their collaboration with AT&T and The Linux Foundation will help to expedite the maturity and adoption of edge cloud and enable a new ecosystem of applications and services.”
— Mazin Gilbert, vice president of Advanced Technology at AT&T

“Altiostar uses Titanium Cloud technology as part of our carrier grade NFV platform to support our vRAN VNFs. We are highly encouraged to see this technology becoming open sourced as part of the Akraino Edge Stack. The Titanium Cloud contributions will help create a reliable and mature platform for Akraino and help address the challenges of developing a carrier grade edge cloud stack from scratch. Our customers will be excited that these powerful technologies are now part of the open source community.”
— Ashraf Dahood, president and CEO of Altiostar

“Edge is a new open platform that provides the most nearby services by integrating network, storage, computing, application, and other core capabilities on the data source side. Facing the explosively increasing and massive data, Edge can fully exploit the distributed computing capability of edge devices and reduce pressure on the cloud computing center. Edge plus Cloud is an industrial trend. As the standardization leader of the electronic information technology field in China, China Electronics Standardization Institute will leverage our experience and resources to contribute to the development of Akraino Edge Stack and the definition of related Edge standards. We are committed to accelerate the development of the Edge industry and use of Edge to help our enterprise customers to conduct their business.”
— Wenlong Sun, vice president of China Electronics Standardization Institute

“China Mobile is honored to join the Akraino project. The Akraino project is committed to the research and application of edge computing technology, which is very conforming to China Mobile’s next generation network development goals. China Mobile Suzhou R&D center will invest in the product development of edge computing. We wish Akraino a huge success.”
— Junwei Liu, assistant general manager of the Cloud Computing Department, Suzhou R&D Center, China Mobile

“Edge computing is of great significance to our future 5G deployment, which will facilitate ultra-low latency and high bandwidth applications. And it is also an indispensable component of our network evolution plan (CTNet 2025), which is based on key technologies of NFV, SDN, and Cloud. We hope to join the Akraino Edge Stack project to propose ideas and requirements of FMC (Fixed and Mobile Convergence), and cooperate with other members to create more innovative solutions.”
— Bo Wang, senior project manager, Department of Technology, China Telecom

”The Akraino Edge Stack open source project will help accelerate the construction of the edge network ecosystem. With the new CUBE-Net 2.0 architecture, China Unicom has launched large-scale Edge-Cloud field trials nationwide, and started up the planning and construction of thousands of edge DCs. We have built a strong edge computing R&D center in cooperation with Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com. Based on virtualization technologies such as lightweight OpenStack and Kubernetes, China Unicom is now working on the establishment of an Edge-Cloud service platform, focusing on low-latency and high-bandwidth services such as 4K/8K HD video, VR/AR, industrial IoT, and V2X to promote 5G network reconstruction and digital transformation.”
— Yongsheng Chi, vice president, Network Technology Institute, China Unicom

“Through our collaboration, the Docker container runtime technology is being used by Intel in its efforts to drive innovation around Edge Computing and IoT with its donation of Wind River Titanium Cloud to Project Akraino. This sets the foundation for Project Akraino implementers to use Docker Enterprise Edition to provide container management with integrated security for carrier-grade deployments of a new wave of edge and IoT services.”
— Justen Stepka, senior director of product management at Docker

“Edge computing, as a key enabler of the digital transformation of the industry, is comprised of a huge software stack and also requires openness and an abundant ecosystem. Huawei has established a good foundation on the architecture, platforms, and key technologies of edge computing. Through the Akraino Edge Stack open source project, we will have better synergy with industrial partners to promote openness and innovation, build an industrial ecosystem, and assist in the digital transformation of the industry.”
— Swift Liu, vice chairman of ECC, president of Network R&D, Huawei

We are honored to be part of the Akraino Edge Stack project. In the field of AI training and AI service, iFlyTek AI Cloud uses VMs and containers to provide computing power, and we have done a lot of exploration and optimization to meet big demand from millions of terminal devices. The Akraino Edge Stack project will have significant impact on the AI field to solve the security and performance issues, and we believe that we can greatly promote AI development through this project.”
— Zhijiang Zhang, vice director and chief cloud architecture engineer, Cloud Computing Research, iFlyTek

“Digital transformation is an inevitable trend. We are very excited to see the open source community making great efforts to launch the Akraino Edge Stack project, which will enable customers to build and enhance fog/edge cloud capabilities. New H3C is proud to be joining this project to contribute our technology innovation and consulting services. As a leading provider of digital solutions, New H3C also offers customers a one-stop, complete portfolio of digitalization solutions and consulting services that include Big Internet, Big Security, Cloud Computing and Big Data. New H3C is committed to becoming a most reliable partner for customers and helping them achieve business and industrial upgrading.”
— Lizhong Wang, vice president, general manager of the Corp. Solution Planning Department, New H3C Group

“Edge computing leverages distributed deployment to provision computing power and data nearby to the terminal nodes, which makes service response and reliability tremendously higher than traditionally centralized cloud computing. We’re excited to support the Akraino Edge Stack project, as it offers a workable edge computing framework.”
— Kals Wu, director of TStack Product, Tencent

“We have seen strong demand from our customers to deploy edge applications in the IoT, smart city, and telecommunication industries. The Akraino Edge Stack project is a great community effort to build an open platform to accelerate the adoption of edge services. We will actively contribute to this project by leveraging our expertise in building reliable and manageable open infrastructure.”
— Yongsheng Gong, CTO of 99Cloud, Inc.

The Akraino Edge Stack community is forming now and expects to release code in the second quarter of 2018. To get involved in the project’s formation, go to http://www.akraino.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

EdgeX Foundry Momentum Continues with California Release Preview and New Vertical Solutions Working Group Focused on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Use Cases

By | Announcement, EdgeX Foundry

California preview demonstrates significant performance improvements ahead of full code release in Summer 2018   

SAN FRANCISCO – February 27, 2018EdgeX Foundry, an open source project building a common interoperability framework to facilitate an ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing, today announced early access to some elements of the California code release. Demonstrating significant performance increases and size reductions, these elements support more efficient microservices and a path toward scalability. The full California release will be available in Summer 2018 and represents a major step in evolving the EdgeX framework to support the developer requirements for deployment in business-critical IIoT applications.

The EdgeX Foundry community is working toward improved performance, lower start-up times and reduction in the overall footprint via alternative Go Lang and C-based implementations of key EdgeX microservices for easier access when deploying IoT solutions. The California preview features several Go Lang microservices that are drop-in replacements for the Java versions, including core services like Core Data, Metadata and Command. Initial test results of the Go Lang microservices include 97 percent less memory than the Java variants with a 99 percent improvement for start-up time.

“The California preview is a testament to the collaborative effort of the EdgeX community and our commitment to improve the size and speed of the platform,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry Chair of the Technical Steering Committee and CEO of IOTech. “By providing key EdgeX microservices in both Java and Go Lang, we offer developers more flexibility and a wider range of use in real world IoT and edge computing solutions.”

The full California code base is expected to be released in Summer 2018 with key planned features that include baseline APIs and reference implementations for security and manageability. The California code is a follow up to the first code release, called Barcelona, which launched in October last year. More details for the California code can be found in this blog while the technology roadmap is available on EdgeX Foundry’s wiki.

More on the project’s achievements in 2017 and what’s in store for the year ahead can be found in this recent state of the union blog post on the EdgeX Foundry website.

Accelerating IIoT Deployments through Vertical Solutions

EdgeX Foundry has also launched a new Vertical Solutions Working Group to host use case-focused projects developed with input from end users to create solutions that meet their specific requirements. Moonki Hong, Senior Engineer at the Software R&D Center for Samsung, chairs the Vertical Solutions Working Group. The new projects include:

  • The Oil and Gas Project will perform gap analysis and deliver specific market requirements to other working groups, create a reference architecture for specific use cases, develop unique source code and liaise with universities and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Alberto Dellabianca, an Edge Computing and Technical Lead with National Oilwell Varco, leads this project.
  • The Smart Factory Project concentrates on developing the key success functions to enable smart factories with common EdgeX features such as the data processing runtime and workflow, ezMQ, OPC-UA protocol software and microservices, and Pharos, the service deployment manager and agent. The proposed features will be delivered in the form of microservice or relevant library software. MyeongGi Jeong (MJ), Software Architect for Samsung Electronics, heads the project.

A Growing Ecosystem Supporting the IoT Landscape

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, EdgeX Foundry is a collaborative project of 70 members and growing, working together to make it easy to quickly build, deploy, run and scale IIoT solutions. The EdgeX ecosystem continues to grow with the addition of five new members: Enigmedia, FIWARE Foundation, Rubicon Labs, Wanxiang Group and Xage Security.

“A successful and stable IoT ecosystem is based on an infrastructure that can support it,”

said Jason Shepherd, Chair of the EdgeX Foundry Governing Board and Dell Technologies IoT CTO. “With 70 member companies from 16 countries worldwide, the growing EdgeX ecosystem  is destined to enable interoperability and digital transformation in any number of industries through commercial value add built around the open APIs.”

“EdgeX Foundry is a great opportunity to promote an interoperable and secure alternative for Industrial IoT,” said Gerard Vidal, PhD and CEO of Enigmedia. “We are eager to share our experience in cryptography, security in PLCs and embedded systems to eliminate the cybersecurity blind spot in the IIoT field.”

“EdgeX Foundry is one of the most promising vendor-neutral open source projects tackling IoT edge computing while FIWARE Context Broker technology is gaining growing momentum as the de facto open source standard for Context Information Management,” said Ulrich Ahle, CEO for FIWARE Foundation. “We are thrilled about the collaboration between FIWARE and the EdgeX ecosystem and look forward to creating a complete technology stack addressing the challenges of highly distributed smart solutions managing large-scale data.”

“IoT 1.0 was all about the cloud but IoT 2.0 is all about the edge,” said Julia Cline, VP of Product Marketing at Rubicon Labs. “Edge computing is rapidly unlocking the power of IoT and allowing for new business models for everyone from entrepreneurs to enterprises and Rubicon Labs is uniquely positioned to leverage the EdgeX framework to design and develop innovative key management and business enablement technology. We are excited to join this Industrial IoT-focused ecosystem and look forward to contributing secure solutions to the EdgeX platform.”

“We believe edge computing innovation has vast potential in our strategic initiatives, including smart transportation, intelligent manufacturing, clean distributed power infrastructure and our ambitious 10-square-km Innova City mega-project, and beyond,” said Jun Chen, Vice President of Wanxiang Group. “As a leading automotive component and renewable energy company and China’s blockchain ecosystem leader, we are excited by the idea of working with blockchain embedded at the edge with EdgeX Foundry. We are also members of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII) and look forward to collaborating on industrial internet testbeds, architecture and standardization.”

“We’re entering a new era of industry powered by distributed intelligence” said Roman Arutyunov, Co-Founder and VP of Product of Xage Security. “EdgeX and Xage are aligned in our objectives to build a converged and secure solution, spanning multiple vendors, devices, and applications for industrial IoT. Whole industries are being transformed, and Xage joining EdgeX Foundry further advances the new generation of efficient and secure industrial edge operations.”

For more information and to learn how to get involved, please visit the following EdgeX Foundry resources:

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Open source community forming to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for carrier, provider, and IoT networks

By | Akraino, Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2018—The Linux Foundation announces a new open source project, Akraino Edge Stack, intended to create an open source software stack supporting high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications. To seed the new project, AT&T is contributing code designed for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers to support reliability and performance requirements. The Akraino Edge Stack community, now forming, anticipates releasing open source project code in the second quarter of 2018.

Akraino Edge Stack will offer users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the applications or subscribers supported on each server, and to help ensure the reliability of systems that must be up at all times. While several open source projects exist to help solve pieces of the puzzle, nothing currently meets the need for an edge infrastructure solution. Integration of existing efforts in this new project will help deliver ease of use, hardened reliability, unique features, and performance for carrier, provider, and IoT networks.

“This project will bring the extensive work AT&T has already done to create low-latency, carrier-grade technology for the edge that address latency and reliability needs,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “Akraino Edge Stack complements LF Networking projects like ONAP in automating services from edge to core. We’re pleased to welcome it to The Linux Foundation and invite the participation of others as we work together to form Akraino Edge Stack and establish its governance.”

“Akraino Edge Stack, coupled with ONAP and OpenStack, will help to accelerate progress towards development of next-generation, network-based edge services, fueling a new ecosystem of applications for 5G and IoT,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs.

To get involved in the formation of the new edge computing project, go to http://www.akraino.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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EdgeX Foundry Grows Ecosystem with New Members

By | Announcement, EdgeX Foundry

aicas GmbH, CATAI-UNESCO, Irish Manufacturing Research, Sixgill and Zephyr Project join the 60+ collaborating member companies that are committed to IoT interoperability

SAN FRANCISCO – December 19, 2017EdgeX Foundry, an open source project building a common interoperability framework to facilitate an ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing, today announces five new members: acias GmbH, CATAI-UNESCO, Irish Manufacturing Research, Sixgill and the Zephyr Project. These organizations join the more than 60 members that broadly represent the IoT landscape providing products and services supporting analytics, visualization, sensors, security and manageability, among others.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, EdgeX Foundry is a collaborative effort dedicated to accelerating IoT deployments across industrial and enterprise use cases. With EdgeX, developers can quickly and easily build, deploy, run and scale Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. It enables interoperability across tools and solutions and delivers flexibility and security.

“The EdgeX community members are geographically diverse but have continuously come together to collaborate to create an interoperable platform that can work with any hardware, operating system and application framework,” said Philip DesAutels, PhD, Senior Director of IoT at The Linux Foundation. “We are excited to welcome these new members and work closely with them to build out and support an ecosystem for IIoT solutions.”

EdgeX Foundry has made significant progress since its launch in April this year with more than 150 people from around the world joining face-to-face meetings to align on project goals, develop working groups and identify project maintainers and committers across key functional areas. The project also created resources designed to help onboard new developers to the project such as Tech Talks, templates and starter guides. Additional information about these resources, upcoming EdgeX Foundry meetings and how to participate is available at https://wiki.edgexfoundry.org.

New Member Quotes:

aicas GmbH

“aicas is excited to join EdgeX Foundry and support and integrate its microservices architecture with our framework, lightweight process model, ahead-of-time compiler, hard real-time garbage collector and runtime, and Java bytecode multilanguage support,” said David Beberman, Chief Marketing Officer for acias GmbH.

CATAI-UNESCO

“Devoted since 1982 to the innovation and AI in medicine, CATAI-UNESCO is enforcing the urgent demand to widespread Health 4.0 for the humanization of healthcare,” said Prof. Dr. O. Ferrer Roca, UNESCO Chair of Telemedicine in the CATAI Association. “This will only be possible if we integrate IoT to promote universal preventive and participative medicine. The essential infrastructure based on the EdgeX framework will provide less complex and standardized small health data (SHD) exchange.”

Irish Manufacturing Research

“Irish Manufacturing Research is delighted to contribute to the EdgeX Foundry project and work on an open source full featured and secured IIoT platform for the manufacturing industry,” said John Delaney, Principal Investigator for Irish Manufacturing Research. “Ensuring interoperability and scalability at the edge while supporting legacy systems is a key enabler on the digitization roadmap for both small and large industrial enterprises.”

Sixgill

“Edge computing and edge decision services are cornerstones in our universal sensor data platform at Sixgill. We consider edge services critical to helping enterprises realize the full potential of IoT, particularly for real-time operations,” said Elizabeth Shonnard, VP Product at Sixgill, LLC. “We’re excited to join EdgeX Foundry, pursuing a shared vision of data and device-agnostic systems that are interoperable and easily adopted to accelerate IoT development and enable highly responsive, sensing applications.”

Zephyr Project

“In February 2018, the Zephyr Project will celebrate its two-year anniversary of being a collaborative open-source micro-controller operating system,” said Geoff Thorpe, Security Architect for NXP and Chair of Zephyr Governing Board. “EdgeX Foundry proposes a welcome step towards harmonizing and generalizing the fragmented set of technologies in today’s IoT, and does so in an open and platform-neutral manner. This could not be more consistent with the ideals of the Zephyr project, and we’re delighted to be part of this collaborative effort.”

EdgeX Roadmap

The EdgeX Technical Steering Committee has established a bi-annual release roadmap that demonstrates a long-term strategy to provide a product-quality open source foundation for interoperable commercial differentiation. The project is also working towards improved performance, lower start-up times and a reduction in the overall footprint via alternative Go Lang and C-based implementations of key EdgeX microservices. A preview of a Go Lang implementation is targeted for early 2018 with initial testing promising an order of magnitude smaller footprint than the current Java baseline.

EdgeX Foundry’s next major release, “California,” is targeted for Spring 2018. California will be a key step in EdgeX Foundry’s commitment to evolve the framework to support the requirements for deployment in business-critical IIoT applications. In addition to general improvements, planned features for the California release include baseline APIs and reference implementations for security and manageability value-add. Additional information can be found at https://wiki.edgexfoundry.org/display/FA/Roadmap.

Additional resources:

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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