Linux Foundation Wants to Simplify Edge Computing

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Linux Foundation Wants to Simplify Edge Computing

The Linux Foundation’s open source groups working on aspects of network virtualization have announced LF Edge, a new umbrella organization aimed at establishing an open framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.

Managing the edge of the network is getting harder as more devices are being connected to more clouds and applications; until there is some industry agreement on standards and approaches up and down the IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) technology and connectivity stacks, scaling up will prove challenging.
For Arpit Joshipura, a mathematician and musician as well as a technology innovator and entrepreneur, the harmonization of everything from hardware, software, firmware (down to the silicon) with multiple clouds, networks and applications sounds better with a strategy and a score.

We’re seeing a convergence of major technology shifts and improvements happening all at once,

Joshipura, General Manager of for Networking, Orchestration and Edge/IoT at The Linux Foundation said,

including 5G, microservices, AI, hardware acceleration and on-demand NFV which, in concert, will support everything from autonomous vehicles to smart factories, smart cities and smart homes. Rather than struggle for many more years to rationalize an increasingly fragmented and yet more connected world, now is the time for us to create the frameworks for interoperability. This is why we have been able to attract many of the world’s largest companies, across communications, devices, applications, cloud and vertical industry solutions to LF Edge.

Initially comprised of three existing Linux Foundation collaborative projects (Akraino Edge Stack, which is creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications; EdgeX Foundry, concentrated on building a common open framework for IoT edge computing; and Open Glossary of Edge Computing, which seeks to provide a concise collection of terms related to the field of edge computing), LF Edge will also include two additional projects announced in concert with the main initiative.
Those two projects include EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine), contributed by ZEDEDA to create an open and agnostic standard edge architecture that accommodates complex and diverse on- and off-prem hardware, network and application selections, and the Home Edge Project, contributed by Samsung Electronics, focused on

a robust, reliable, and intelligent home edge computing framework, platform and ecosystem running on a variety of devices at daily home lives.

While the LF Edge orchestration will be largely horizontal, the community will focus on very specific verticals to start, including industrial manufacturing, cities and government, energy, transportation, retail, homes, building automation, automotive, logistics and health care.
LF Edge has already attracted an impressive set of more than 60 leading global members including Arm, AT&T, Baidu, Dell EMC, Dianomic Inc., Ericsson, HP, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, InwinStack, Juniper Networks, MobiledgeX, Netsia, Nokia Solutions, NTT, OSIsoft, Qualcomm, Radisys, Red Hat, Samsung Electronics, Seagate Technology, Tencent, WindRiver, Wipro, and ZEDEDA.
General members include dvantech 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 members include Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Infrastructure Masons, Inc., and Project Haystack.

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, VP 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 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.

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.

LF Edge is a strong step forward towards creating 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 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.

Author: Tim Cole
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