Edge Computing and Akraino | Intel Software
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Edge Computing and Akraino | Intel Software

Hi. I’m Sujata. In this video, I
give an overview of industry
initiatives to develop a common set of software
stacks for the edge. I also cover how open source
initiatives, like Akraino contribute to this goal. Edge is all about squeezing the
best performance for your app from the network by placing
the resources close to where they’re needed. Data is growing. And the demand for low
latency, high bandwidth network functions is also increasing. Applications need to
be able to keep up with user demands in real time. Fixed function devices, like
programmable logic controllers, industrial gateways, or
human machine interfaces are becoming software
defined workloads and are driving the need to
virtualize, containerize, and look for the new
infrastructure management frameworks. The solution for
this is LF Edge. It is an umbrella
organization that aims to establish an
open interoperable framework for edge computing
independent of hardware, silicon cloud, or
operating systems by bringing together
industry leaders. LF Edge has a project
called Akraino. It is an open source
collection of software stacks that support high availability
cloud services optimized for edge computing systems. It is a set of blueprints that
are integration projects that pull in components from
various open source initiatives to build optimized,
deployable, ready made stacks for a particular use case. Here are some of the
blueprints to pay attention to. First is the Akraino
time-critical edge computer blueprint. It enables workloads, such as
industrial controllers, Edge Inference, Edge
MI, Edge X Foundry to run on the same
compute device. This is done with ethernet
time sensitive networking. It leverages Acorn,
Zephyr, and Clear Linux. This blueprint is suited to
take full advantage of Intel’s new industrial focused SLCs. They offer and
does time critical compute technology to
enable deterministic compute and ethernet TSN for networking. Next, is the Akraino integrated
cloud networking blueprint. It addresses the need
of Edge Cloud, telco, and enterprise segments
in transforming to the cloud native space. The edge and cloud differ
because of constraints in cost, power, and space. That edge has to support
massive geo-distributed compute locations, which exposes
it to security concerns and requires the
orchestration deployment model to scale for various use cases. Akraino, ICN Blueprint
addresses these challenges for various use cases, such
as NFV, distributed analytics as a service, EdgeXFoundry,
and VR 360 streaming. It uses Kubernetes as the de
facto resource orchestration to deploy various container
runtimes like Dockers and Kata containers and VMs, like
Virlet and KubeVirt. It also uses ONAP for Kubernetes
as a service orchestration to manage workloads in
various edge locations and leverages various
open source projects, such as Openness and OpenWrt. The Akraino ICN Blueprint
has contributions from open source
community members, like Verizon, Dell,
VMWare, and Aarna Networks. We are looking for developers to
contribute to these blueprints to make a grid app to utilize
the edge infrastructure. To contribute and learn more,
check out the links provided. Thanks for watching.

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