Automotive and IoT Embedded Networking and Orchestration

Akraino Edge Stack Issues Premier Release, Sets Framework to Enable 5G, IoT Edge Application Ecosystem

  • Inaugural release unifies multiple sectors of the edge throughout disciplines, together with  IoT, Enterprise, Telecom, and Cloud
  • Delivers tested and validated deployment-ready blueprints
  • Creates framework for defining and standardizing APIs across stacks, by way of upstream/downstream collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO June 6, 2019 – LF Edge, an umbrella group inside the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing unbiased of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, right now introduced the supply of Akraino Edge Stack Release 1 (“Akraino R1”).  Created by way of broad group collaboration, Akraino’s premiere launch unlocks the facility of intelligent edge with deployable, self-certified blueprints for a diverse set of  edge use instances.

Launched in 2018, and now a part of the LF Edge umbrella, Akraino Edge Stack is creating an open supply software stack that supports a high-availability cloud stack optimized for edge computing techniques and purposes. Designed to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for enterprise edge, over-the-top (OTT) edge, and service edge networks, it gives customers new ranges of flexibility to scale edge cloud providers shortly, to maximize the purposes and features supported on the edge, and to help ensure the reliability of techniques that have to be up always.

“Akraino R1 represents the first milestone towards creation of a much-needed common framework for edge solutions that address a diverse set of edge use cases,” stated Arpit Joshipura, basic supervisor, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation.

“With the support of experts from all across the industry, we are paving the way to enable and support future technology at the edge.”

About Akraino R1

Akraino R1 delivers the first iteration in the direction of new ranges of flexibility to scale edge cloud providers shortly, maximize efficiency, and deliver high availability for deployed providers. It delivers a deployable and absolutely practical edge stack for edge use instances ranging from Industrial IoT, Telco 5G Core & vRAN, uCPE, SDWAN, edge media processing, and service edge media processing. Because the premiere launch, it opens doors to additional enhancements and improvement to help edge infrastructure.

Akraino is at present comprised of 11+ blueprint families with 19+ specific blueprints beneath improvement to help quite a lot of edge use instances. The group exams and validates the blueprints on real hardware labs supported by users and group members.

Akraino R1 consists of 10 “ready and proven” blueprints, including:

    • Radio Edge Cloud (REC), a part of the Telco Appliance Blueprint Household, REC is a telco- grade edge cloud platform for  containers. It’s principal use case is supporting the near real-time RAN Clever Controller, a brand new network component that permits exterior purposes to control points of the 5G radio community. REC is the primary example of the Telco Equipment Blueprint family which offers a reusable set of modules that can be used to create sibling blueprints for other objective tuned near actual time appliances.
    • Integrated Edge Cloud (IEC) Sort 1 (Small Edge) & 2 (Medium Edge) is a platform that permits new functionalities and business fashions on the network edge. It targets telco purposes with small and medium deployments of Edge Cloud and helps Arm processors and architecture.
    • The Community Cloud family of blueprints allows hardware configuration and absolutely automated deployment of a number of edge sites from a distant Regional Controller. Specific Network Cloud blueprints in R1 embrace Unicycle with SR-IOV; Unicycle with OVS-DPDK; and Rover, which supports multiple Telco and Enterprise edge use instances including 5G.
    • The StarlingX Far Edge Distributed Cloud blueprint addresses edge and far edge use instances at high-density places similar to malls, airports and sports activities stadiums to help worth added providers (akin to caching, processing, and analyzing knowledge) at these events and places.
    • Edge Light-weight and IOT (ELIOT) supports use instances for IOT gateway and uCPE (SD-WAN). Addressing Industrial IoT, sensible cities, and uCPE, ELIOT allows a lightweight software stack which could be deployed on edge nodes with restricted hardware capacity.
    • The Kubernetes-Native Infrastructure (KNI) Supplier Entry Edge blueprint leverages greatest practices from Kubernetes to handle edge computing stacks at scale and with a consistent, uniform consumer experience from the infrastructure up to the workloads, on naked metallic or public cloud.

Akraino Edge Stack is working in an iterative strategy with continuous automation and enhancements. Additions and enhancements shall be made to the baseline functionality delivered in Akraino R1.

Extra info on Akraino R1, together with hyperlinks to documentation, could be discovered right here. For info on how to become involved with LF Edge and its tasks, go to https://www.lfedge.org/.

Wanting Ahead

The group is already planning R2, which can embrace each new blueprints and enhancements to present blueprints, instruments for automated blueprint validations, outlined edge API’s, and new group lab hardware.

Linux Foundation common supervisor of Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, Arpit Joshipura, will give a keynote presentation at Open Supply Summit China about open supply edge technologies on Tuesday, June 25.

LF Edge will host a workshop targeted on Akraino and other LF Edge tasks onsite at Open Source Summit North America, August 21-23 in San Diego, Calif. entitled “State of the (LF) Edge;” more particulars can be found here.

Help from Contributing Members

Arm
“Our unique combination of Arm® Neoverse™ IP, software, and open source collaborative ​efforts underscore our commitment to enabling developers with the tools needed to seamlessly design and deploy solutions scaling from edge to cloud,” stated Kevin Ryan, senior director, Software program Ecosystem, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm and LF Edge Governing Board Member. “We are incredibly proud to support the work the Akraino community is doing as we help our ecosystem build the next generation infrastructure.”

AT&T
“We’re very excited for the first release and the continued progress of Akraino,” stated OliverSpatscheck, former Akraino Governing Board chair and assistant vice chairman at AT&T Labs.“AT&T is proud to be part of this community, and we remain committed to supporting an open source first strategy. Akraino is one of the many success stories of open source, and we look forward to accelerating innovation through collaboration.”

Ericsson
“Congratulations to the Akraino community on their first release and the value it brings to the open source Edge ecosystem,” stated Martin Backstrom, head of Know-how & Portfolio, Answer Area – Cloud & NFV Infrastructure, Ericsson. “Ericsson is at the forefront of 5G evolution driving innovation across edge computing, cloud native, AI/ML, Automation, Orchestration and supporting and contributing code to various open source projects. In Akraino, Ericsson contributed and validated Network Cloud Unicycle with OVS-DPDK blue print and also introduced support for OVS-DPDK in Airship. We are looking forward to continuous growth of Akraino to support more use cases across 5G, Edge and IoT areas in the coming releases.”

Huawei
“Huawei congratulates to the first successful of Akraino. There are many scenarios for edge computing, and the market space is huge. Only truly open platforms can release the potential of edge computing. The open source blueprints provided by the Akraino community provides a collaborative platform for building industry factual standards and fostering a rich application ecosystem to accelerate industry maturity. As digitalization reaches every industry and organization, the edge and cloud collaboration is becoming more important. Huawei is pleased to be working together with partners on the ELIOT blueprint for enterprise edge and IoT gateways, and will further contribute more blueprints.”  – Invoice Ren, Chief Open Supply Liaison Officer, Huawei

Intel
“The Akraino Edge Stack release represents a significant milestone for open source collaborations in edge computing to reflect alignment across industry segments on common integration, validation criteria and tools for solution stacks. Blueprints, also known as common solution stacks, for network and edge cloud use cases will be essential for Akraino adoption at scale. Intel looks forward to helping further drive community involvement and adoption across markets, including Industrial IoT.” – Imad Sousou, corporate vice chairman and common supervisor of System Software program Products, Intel Corporation

Juniper
“The momentum created by the Akraino and LF Edge communities has been remarkable. In collaborating with other community members, the group has helped drive a fully-integrated, deployable stack for the provider access edge for release 1 of Akraino,” said Sukhdev Kapur, Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks. “Akraino is a diverse community whose charter is to drive multiple edge use cases and provide end-to-end fully integrated and tested solutions that are reproducible and deployable. I applaud my fellow Technical Steering Committee Members whose contributions will surely help drive innovation of cloud-native capabilities at the edge of production networks.”

MobiledgeX
“We at MobiledgeX are excited to be an active contributor to the Akraino R1 blueprints and to be leading the Developer API subgroup. We will contribute our own developer facing APIs and ensure applications can easily discover and take advantage of the Akraino powered Edge infrastructure,” stated Sunay Tripathi, chief know-how officer, MobiledgeX.

Nokia
“Nokia celebrates the Release 1 of Akraino and the Radio Edge Cloud (REC) project. Nokia brings to REC its long experience in building network elements, creating a telco grade container platform that is optimal for edge cloud deployments, such as O-RAN’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). We are proud to be members of Akraino and to participate in creating key pieces of the future Radio Access.” – Tommi Hiltunen, head of Cloud Infrastructure R&D at Nokia Cellular Networks, Cloud RAN

NTT
“LF Edge has accelerated edge innovation effectively engaging traditional telecom service providers, leading edge IoT developers and other networked stakeholders in open source projects. We regard LF Edge as one of the most essential  open ecosystems for cross-industry collaboration in the 5G era. Akraino Release 1 is the first major step towards encouraging  deployment of innovative edge architecture and implementation of 5G use cases. We actively promote edge computing strategy and collaborative development within the Akraino project and are looking forward to LF Edge’s continued progress with the support from the Community.” – Yukari Tsuji, vice chairman, head of NTT Network Know-how Laboratories, NTT Corp.

Purple Hat
“Red Hat congratulates The Linux Foundation Edge and the Akraino open source community for achieving this important milestone. We are encouraged by the progress of the efforts in the Akraino project and we will continue to support its continued evolution and progress in the project as well as through our related contributions to VCO with OPNFV, and our continued efforts to make NFVI manageable at the network edge. We look forward to helping build solutions in the very important areas of Edge and IoT.” – Tom Nadeau, technical director, NFV, RedHat

Seagate
“Seagate congratulates the LFEdge community on this successful release, which is a key milestone in driving the edge architecture and doing that with a true partnership approach. Building a flexible solution that enables businesses across industries to adapt and grow is critical to Seagate. We are excited to be working alongside the community to advance the architecture of the edge, and to drive data management best practices.” – John Morris, chief know-how officer, Seagate

Wind River
“The StarlingX project has defined a Far Edge Distributed Cloud blueprint that provides a fully featured cloud for distributed edge use cases. We’re looking forward to further collaborating with the Akraino community, the LF Edge and other upstream communities to innovate and solve critical problems for the edge. The Far Edge Distributed Cloud blueprint integrates StarlingX with the EdgeX Foundry core APIs and is a good example of collaboration between edge projects, each providing key capabilities.” – Glenn Seiler, vice chairman, Open Source Technique, Wind River

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