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Building An open EDGE computing stack

BY Imad Sousou ON Mar 27, 2018

Data centers today are challenged by the massive growth in data generated by connected devices and sensors. Adding to the complexity, emerging usages such as 5G networks, automated vehicles, and smart factories cannot accept the latency that comes from offloading compute to a centralized cloud. A new paradigm is emerging with compute and storage migrating back to the network’s edge, closer to where data is generated and acted on real time.

Intel recognizes the need for a strong edge computing platform to power this shift. Today we are announcing that Intel is joining the Linux Foundation’s Edge Stack umbrella and merging open source software into the recently-announced Akraino project.

I am excited by the opportunities this creates, as I firmly believe the industry and customers alike are best served by open collaboration that fuels rapid innovation. As part of our commitment to this effort, Intel will contribute significant elements of our Wind River® Titanium Cloud portfolio, which address key edge needs such as scalability, high availability, and density.

Wind River Titanium Cloud technology is built on collaboration with open source communities, integrating open source standards that we have extended and hardened to address critical infrastructure requirements. By opening these Titanium Cloud components, we will be upstreaming our enhancements and making these proven technologies available publicly for the first time.

We are also contributing the Intel® Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit (Intel® NEV SDK) to the project. Already validated alongside Wind River Titanium Cloud Technology, the Intel NEV SDK includes a suite of reference libraries and APIs to help abstract away the complexity challenges that developers often face when developing applications for deployment in these environments.

Our participation in the Akraino project furthers Intel’s innovation and leadership across open source projects. We will continue working closely with the Kubernetes, OpenStack, and Ceph communities, among others, to drive industry convergence on reusable components that meet the specific needs of an edge stack. Where we see gaps, we’ll work with the community to initiate new projects. Collaborating under open governance (and not a pay-for-play model) levels the playing field and helps move the industry forward faster.

There are a number of ways to get involved in the Akraino project. If you are at Open Networking Summit, stop by Melissa Evers-Hood’s Wednesday afternoon talk with AT&T’s Oliver Spatscheck, where they will give more details about the Akraino project and edge computing. Stop by the Akraino booth, and visit the project website where you can sign up for more information.