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Driving the Next Wave of Cloud and Edge Computing

Melissa Evers-Hood

The continued evolution of software-defined Cloud infrastructure and the explosion of data being created at the edge of the network are driving a wave of new uses cases along with innovative projects and technologies. The breadth of potential edge locations and landing zones makes it critical that we simplify the deployment and management of hardware and software infrastructure supporting edge computing.

In my keynote this morning at the Berlin OpenStack Summit (or should I say Open Infrastructure Summit), I talked about some of the exciting opportunities Intel is enabling related to edge infrastructure. One example of this is virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), where we are looking to use well-constructed Edge networks to optimize localized virtual experiences that both produce and rely upon massive volumes of data volume. 

An entirely different dynamic exists in the automotive industry. We are working to develop software for connected and self-driving vehicles including the safety-critical functionality required to prevent disruptions in connectivity or even minor latency that can compromise safe operations. In IoT, billions of connected devices can overtax a centralized system, whereas Edge clouds can be highly efficient. Industrial IoT, like connected vehicles, depends on low latency and high reliability to make decisions that impact quality and safety.

Through StarlingX, a pilot project under the OpenStack Foundation, we are helping deliver capabilities tailored to edge uses by integrating a full stack to create a viable platform for the distributed Edge. StarlingX reflects the promise of open infrastructure -- a vision we share with OpenStack -- and will help improve Edge software and hardware deployments. The StarlingX community just did their first release a few weeks ago, and I encourage you to check it out at!

We’re also seeing a lot of discussion around “Bare Metal Clouds,” which is a common deployment with Kubernetes. While I’m in Berlin with some of our team, there are also team members in Shanghai at KubeCon. When I talk with customers and partners, I’m hearing the most common way users run Kubernetes on bare metal is using OpenStack Ironic to provision and manage devices.

To me that underscores the fact that none of the technologies stands alone; it’s together the magic happens. The Intel booth at OpenStack Summit Berlin is showcasing a number of the technologies we’re enabling for Cloud and Edge:

  • Intel® Rack Scale Technology
  • Kata Containers, an alternative container runtime providing the security of a virtual machine and the agility and performance of a container.
  • Cyborg, an OpenStack project that aims to provide a general purpose management framework for acceleration resources.
  • The NEMU hypervisor, a QEMU-based solution that’s 75% smaller and targeted exclusively for cloud-specific workloads.

If you’re in Berlin for OpenStack Summit, I invite you to stop by the Intel booth and experience some of these technologies firsthand. I also hope you will check out some of the related sessions, either during the conference or afterwards on YouTube.



Further Reading

Nicole Huesman

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Manjeet Bhatia

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