• Expanded community includes integrations and contributions from Google, Nokia, Flir, OSIsoft, Nexcom, RoviSys, Advantech, Wago, Zededa and Dianomic
  • Supports complementary products and services from a global open ecosystem, with commercial support, developer support, training, ML/AI applications and scale-up and out management
  • Use cases include Gradient Racing, which uses Fledge and Google Cloud to optimize complex machine configurations and operations using ML/AI, car and driver simulators and race track digital twins  

SAN FRANCISCO – July 30, 2020 –  LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced maturing of its Fledge project, which has issued it’s 1.8  release and moved to the Growth Stage within the LF Edge umbrella. Fledge is an open source framework for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), used to implement predictive maintenance, situational awareness, safety and other critical operations.  Deployed in industrial use cases since early 2018, Fledge integrates IIoT, sensors, machines, ML/AI tools-processes-workloads, and cloud/s with the current industrial production systems and levels, as per ISA-95.

Fledge v1.8 is the first release since moving to the Linux Foundation. However, this is the ninth release of the  project code that has over 60,000 commits, averaging 8,500 commits/month. Concurrently, Fledge has matured into a Stage 2 or “Growth Stage” project within LF Edge. This maturity level is for projects interested in reaching the Impact Stage, and have identified a growth plan for doing so. Growth Stage projects receive mentorship from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and are expected to actively develop their community of contributors, governance, project documentation, and other variables identified in the growth plan that factor in to broad success and adoption.

“Fledge, initially seeded by OSISoft and Dianomic and now a diverse project within LF Edge, is a great example of open source integration. By working closely with Google and other ecosystem partners on new and emerging use cases, we are bringing the power of LF Edge to a broader market,” said  Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to building an open community of industrial users, suppliers and integrators.”

Utilizing Fledge to gather and analyze machine, process, environment and operator data in context, improved efficiency, quality and safety is achieved.  Gradient Racing used Fledge, Google Cloud, and Motorsports.AI to build IIoT based digital twins of each track, a machine simulator and an operator simulator to optimize car configurations and driving strategy before each race.  Using Fledge, TensorFlow and Kubernetes, two all-time track records were broken in the GT3 2019 season. See the full story here.

“Google Cloud helps customers deliver artificial intelligence to applications from the edge to the cloud,”  said Craig Wiley, director of Product Management for Google Cloud AI.  “Fledge’s ability to collect, process, transform and send machine data as well as run TensorFlow Lite on the edge makes it an excellent complement to Google’s AI platform. As an active member of the Linux Foundation, Google is proud to support this open source community through contributions to the Fledge project, empowering next generation industrial processes and machines.”

Fledge has rapidly become one of the most active open source IIoT projects. Adding to the momentum are new contributors, contributions and integrations. Highlights include:

  • Google’s contribution of its IoT Core North Plugin, enables secure, reliable transfer of data to Google cloud services like machine learning.
  • OSIsoft’s contribution of  the Web API North Plugin, enables Fledge secure, reliable transfer of telemetry and metadata to existing ISA95 systems like PI, OCS and EDS.
  • Nexcom’s contribution of CAN bus 2.0, J1708 and J1939 south plugins provide real-time monitoring for fleet management of cars and heavy duty trucks.
  • Dianomic’s contribution of new core services, alert services and orchestration services enable advanced vibration-based applications, more security and scalable management.
  • Nokia integrated Fledge with the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC), Nokia’s industrial-grade private wireless network.
  • Google and Nexcom completed integration of Fledge within Google’s Coral line of ML processors and Nexcom’s industrial gateways.
  • Flir and Dianomic completed a south plugin integration with Flir’s line of industrial infrared cameras.

Industrial Operational Technology (OT) markets are new to the Linux Foundation, and open source projects are new to OT use cases. Like the LAMP stack enabled web application development, the Fledge project’s mission is to enable IIoT application development.  Together we can solve the diversity and complexity issues when collecting and processing data beyond  current control networks and eliminate silos of data by integrating with mission-critical ISA95 systems, ML systems, and the cloud.

Learn more about Fledge in an upcoming On the Edge with LF Edge webinar, entitled “How Google, OSIsoft, FLIR and Dianomic use Fledge to implement Industrial 4.0,” August 13 at 9 am PT. Details and registration here:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9215960636525/WN_1jGqjfJoT4-Iv2y6YDGgYg

Join Fledge and other LF Edge projects at the Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES), a virtual experience happening September 28-30. ONES is the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud & IoT. Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES) enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing. Learn more and register today: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/

Industry Support for Fledge

Advantech
“Advantech is pleased to be part of the Linux Foundation Fledge 1.8 project along with our solution partner, Dianomic,” said David Liu, director of IoT solutions and strategic alliances at Advantech. “Our company vision is to ‘Enable an Intelligent Planet.’ Open source application stacks for an industrial transformation, along with our rugged hardware, help complete that vision. As a leader in IoT intelligent systems and embedded platforms, we strive every day to better assist partners and customers in connecting their industrial chains through IoT hardware and software solutions with edge intelligence. The field-tested Fledge solution will play a key part in our continued efforts to co-create advanced solutions for a wide range of industries in the Industrial IoT.”

Dianomic
“Dianomic and OSIsoft were pleased to contribute the FogLAMP code to seed the Linux Foundation’s Fledge project for the Industrial IoT Edge.”  said Tom Arthur, CEO Dianomic.  “This first release of Fledge 1.8 is a mature, field-tested solution already operating in power generation, power transmission & distribution, water & wastewater processing, discrete manufacturing, mining and professional auto racing. We invite manufacturers, equipment suppliers, system integrators and partners to join our community as we grow THE open source application stack for industrial transformations.”

FLIR
“For more than 40 years, FLIR thermal imaging has provided technologies for industrial users to improve their capabilities and safety on the job,”  said Chris Bainter, Director Global Business Development.  “Partnering with Dianomic we deployed our Ax8 and 300 series cameras using Fledge in energy substations and wastewater plants. Fledge easily and successfully integrated our sensor’s video, IR video and temperature reading outputs into our client’s existing operational, maintenance and safety systems. Fledge proved to Flir the future of open source for industrial 4.0 applications has arrived.”

Nexcom
“NEXCOM is proud to support FLEDGE from the Linux Foundation, establishing a growing line of preloaded and edge-enabled industrial gateways.” said Alexander Su, “The pre-configured products include the NIFE 105 for fixed assets, and the VTC 1910 targeted at transportation related use cases. In addition, NEXCOM has contributed code to the Linux Foundation supporting FLEDGE southbound plugins for CAN 2.0,  J1708 and J1939, to provide real-time monitoring for fleet management. The MVS2623 with Coral intelligence, provides a powerful purpose-built gateway combining the flexibility of FLEDGE with the strength of Google’s Edge TPU, better enabling edge use cases like real-time object detection from IP or USB cameras.”

Nokia
Janne Parantainen, head of technology, Nokia Digital Automation said: “We run Fledge 1.8 on our edge platform bringing the benefits of optimized wireless communication to the industrial protocol domain and enabling new use cases across multiple industries. Deployed as part of our Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, it offers a way to transfer legacy industrial protocol data to new solutions. Nokia Digital Automation Cloud provides 5G-ready, reliable wireless connectivity, industrial applications and industrial ruggedized devices for addressing Industry 4.0 needs” www.dac.nokia.com

OSIsoft
“OSIsoft’s  PI System is the most trusted source of real-time operational data. We enable the collection, standardization, contextualization and federation of large volumes of industrial, operational data.“  said Richard Beeson, CTO OSIsoft. “Fledge solves the diversity and complexity issues when collecting and processing data beyond the process control network.  OSIsoft recommends all our industrial customers and partners begin their IIoT journey by integrating Fledge into their industrial 4.0 deployments and asks them to join our growing community.”

Rovisys
“As an Operation Technology (OT) solution provider that is actively venturing into the world of Industrial AI, RoviSys sees value in using Fledge to collect manufacturing and IIoT data from the plant floor, including connecting to historians and cloud-based advanced data analytic platforms.”  said Bryan DeBlois, Director of Industrial AI RoviSys.  “Furthermore, commercially supported FogLAMP enables us to implement vibration analysis, apply machine learning models and detect anomalies to predict quality, improve maintenance, and monitor setpoints.  This helps our customers minimize downtime and maximize production efficiencies across their entire operation.”

TQS Integration
“With Fledge, industrial manufacturing now gets the technology needed to acquire datasets from sources that had previously not been able to cross the threshold of traditional cost-benefit analyses. Fledge is uniquely placed to solve data collection on the edge, and within existing process control networks, providing customers the flexibility to apply Industry 4.0 technologies with their entire infrastructure,” said Tom Quilty, director of Technology for TQS Integration. “With Fledge, we can advance our customer’s ability to maximize their current investments, maximize the value gained from IIoT devices and accelerate time-to-value for Industry 4.0 applications.”

WAGO
“WAGO, a technology leader of industrial control and interconnect products, strives to be the backbone of a smart connected world.  This backbone is created  through constant innovation and empowered connections with our customers and industry partners.  Technologies like the Linux Foundation’s Fledge 1.8, and partners like Dianomic help our customers realize their true potential and expand on what is possible in an industrial control system.   The WAGO 750 Series has millions of units installed globally and supports applications with over 300 IO modules and more than 16 industrial fieldbus protocols offered.  Leveraging WAGO with Linux & Docker capabilities  provides the means to  add IIoT platforms like Fledge and benefit from all that Fledge offers to simplify cloud integration, management, and orchestration. Employing WAGO for ease of field wiring, data collection and/or control tasks while using the IEC 61131-3 PLC runtime and integrating it with the possibilities of Fledge creates a powerful platform for a smart connected world.”

ZEDEDA
“The most successful organizations going forward will have a model strongly rooted in an open philosophy that facilitates interoperability and agility, and the industrial market is no exception,” said Jason Shepherd, VP Ecosystem, ZEDEDA. “Dianomic’s FogLAMP offer is tailored to the unique needs of industrial customers and their open source foundation hosted in LF Edge helps customers mitigate lock-in and focus on value creation rather than reinvention. We look forward to working with Dianomic within our growing ecosystem to address critical business needs for industrial customers.”

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  • EdgeX’s sixth release (Geneva) offers more scalable and secure solutions to move more data faster from multiple edge devices to cloud, enterprise and on-premises applications.
  • As one of LF Edge’s Stage 3 Projects, EdgeX Foundry is seeing increased community growth and adoption and deployments.
  • New LF Edge project Open Horizon is building an integration project that will demonstrate automated delivery and lifecycle management of EdgeX Foundry as a containerized application.

SAN FRANCISCOMay 21, 2020EdgeX Foundry, a project under the LF Edge umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for IoT edge computing independent of connectivity protocol, hardware, operating system, applications or cloud, today announced a major milestone of hitting 5 million container downloads and the availability of its “Geneva” release. This release offers more robust security, optimized analytics, and secure connectivity for multiple devices.

“EdgeX Foundry is committed to developing an open IoT platform for edge-related applications and shows no signs of slowing down the momentum,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “As one of the Stage 3 projects under LF Edge, EdgeX Foundry is a clear example of how member collaboration and diversity are the keys to creating an interoperable open source framework across IoT, Enterprise, Cloud and Telco Edge.”

Launched in April 2017, and now part of the LF Edge umbrella, EdgeX Foundry is an open source, loosely-coupled microservices framework that provides the choice to plug and play from a growing ecosystem of available third-party offerings or to augment proprietary innovations. With a focus on the IoT Edge, EdgeX simplifies the process to design, develop and deploy solutions across industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications.

Currently, there are more than 170 unique contributors to the project and EdgeX Foundry averages one million container downloads a month, with a total of 5 million reached last month, and rising.

“The massive volume of devices coming online represents a huge opportunity for innovation and is making edge computing a necessity,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry Chair of the Technical Steering Committee. “With at least 50% of data being stored, processed and analyzed at the edge we need an open, cloud-native edge ecosystem enabled by EdgeX to minimize reinvention and facilitate building and deploying distributed, interoperable applications from the edge to the cloud. In 3 short years, EdgeX has achieved incredible global momentum and is now being designed into IOT systems and product roadmaps.”

The Geneva Release

As the sixth release in the EdgeX Foundry roadmap, Geneva offers simplified deployment, optimized analytics, secure connectivity for multiple devices and more robust security. Key features include:

  • Automate on-boarding: simplify, scale and quicken connection of devices by allowing automatic provisioning of devices
  • Improved Performance: A new rules engine that is written in Go for faster performance, a smaller footprint and more memory
  • Connectivity: Improved bandwidth utilization and efficiency through use of new batch and send capabilities provided in the App Functions SDK
  • Secure Authentication: Store and use/authenticate secrets to connect with cloud providers
  • Testing: New integration and backward compatibility testing along with enhanced security and blackbox testing

EdgeX Foundry works closely with several of the other LF Edge projects such as Akraino Edge Stack and new project Open Horizon. During this release cycle, EdgeX was made to work under the Akraino Edge Lightweight IOT (ELIOT) Blueprint and tested under the Akraino Community Lab.

Launched last month, Open Horizon is a platform for managing the service software lifecycle of containerized workloads and related machine learning assets. Open Horizon is building an integration project that will demonstrate delivery and management of EdgeX Foundry as a containerized solution in stages, beginning with a single deployable unit and then progressing to a more modular set of services and alternate delivery targets.

Support from Contributing Members and Users of EdgeX Foundry:

“To further enhance use in production environments, EdgeX Foundry’s Geneva release brings simplified deployments and improved security,” said Tony Espy, Technical Architect at Canonical. “With EdgeX available as a snap, this aligns to the fundamentals of snaps’ core principles which allow developers to benefit from confinement and transactional updates to ensure deployments are secure and with minimal need for manual intervention. As the EdgeX ecosystem continues to see strong traction, we look forward to continuing our contribution to building an open, interoperable framework for edge computing.”

“EdgeX Foundry’s middleware solution is an important component of an open, vendor-neutral pipeline connecting IoT devices and their data to analytics and data management at the on-premise edge,” said Joe Pearson, Engineering Strategy & Innovation Leader, Edge Computing, IBM. “This latest release underscores the importance of working within LF Edge to encourage interoperability as we build a comprehensive open edge computing framework, beginning with Open Horizon.”

“With the evolution of IoT and edge computing, there is a growing realization to deploy and run compute engines near the data source in a truly globally distributed manner. This architecture requires running intelligent AI-based functionality at the edge while processing a significant amount of data at high-throughput and low latency on small form-factor devices,” said Yiftach Shoolman, CTO and co-founder at Redis Labs. “EdgeX Foundry with Redis as the primary data store provides an open-source data platform to meet these expectations by combining in-memory data processing with modern data-models, and can be extended with a serverless engine and AI-serving platform.”

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  • China Mobile brings XGVela to the Linux Foundation, focusing on open telco PaaS platform for 5G network functions and related applications
  • Accelerating LFN collaboration across open source projects within CNCF, LF Edge, LF AI, Hyperledger, ORAN-SC to enhance 5G, Cloud Native, and Edge as ecosystem moves to deployment
  • Growing developer participation in critical projects through virtual technical conferences, new Training courses, and expanded Mentorship programs 

 

SAN FRANCISCOApril 30, 2020 – LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open source networking projects, today announced continued successes with cross-industry, global collaboration. Progress includes the Linux Foundation induction of new project, XGVela, an open source telco Platform as a Service (PaaS) for 5G network functions and related applications; new LFN silver member everis; expanded mentorship and training opportunities; and a new verified product by the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP). Together, these efforts bring additional support for future automation and deployment of 5G, edge, and cloud native networking technologies. 

“In a new normal, networking serves as the critical foundation for everything we do. That said, we are pleased to see strong growth in developer participation of our projects, including training with close to 30,000 enrollees to date, and a recent virtual developer event with over two-times the registration of past physical events,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “We’re expanding our global footprint that enables open source networking and related technologies to grow and thrive. Other examples include the addition of XGVela as a Linux Foundation project aimed to accelerate telco cloud adoption, new silver member everis, and new training and mentorship opportunities.” 

Donated by LFN member China Mobile, XGVela provides a PaaS platform to accelerate the design, development and innovation of telco-related services. The project refines common capabilities of upper layer services as PaaS functions on platform layer. The platform brings General PaaS functions from existing open source PaaS component projects (e.g.  Grafana, Envoy, Zookeeper, etc.) to be enhanced with telco requirements, and Telco PaaS which has strong telecommunication characteristics and is under exploration. 

Currently, XGVela has gathered partners including China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, H3C, CICT and Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, and received high attention from Intel, and Red Hat. XGVela hopes to expand the telco cloud native ecosystem and enable more cloud deployments among telcos.

“Exploring the future direction of network transformation has always been one of China Mobile’s core missions,” said Xiaodong Duan, director of network and IT department, China Mobile Research Institute. “ With the deployment of 5G, applications of containers and microservice technologies, we believe operator networks will eventually evolve into a cloud native network. Hence China Mobile is pleased to launch a new project within the  Linux Foundation – XGVela, a 5G cloud native PaaS. We hope XGVela will gather the most intelligent technicians from operators, vendors and IT companies to help accelerate operators’ cloud native transformation and promote vertical industrial prosperity.”

Welcome everis

LFN welcomes its newest Silver member, everis, an NTT DATA company dedicated to  consulting and outsourcing in all sectors. Everis joins recently-announced Silver members A10 Networks, AMD, Codilime, Mirantis, Robin.io, Solutions by STC, ULAK, and Xilinx. These organizations work alongside the plethora of existing member organizations to drive development, testing and implementation of LFN’s existing networking projects, including FD.io, ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, OpenSwitch, PNDA, SNAS, and Tungsten Fabric.

“We are really excited to join LFN. everis, as a networking system integrator, finds in LFN a key lever to unleash industry Data Openness, Network Process Automation and 5G future networks,” said Hugo Alberto Nava, Telecom Director at everis. “This area is so important for us that we have designed a new area, #everisOpenNetworks, in charge of uniquely integrated networks and systems, helping CSPs achieve more efficient and low-cost operations. Our vision in relation to the future of OSS is directly connected with a disaggregated, open, cloud-based and data-driven architecture with the main purpose of enabling value through close loop automation inside the most important network processes. We believe the Linux Foundation Networking is essential to go deep into this approach, helping us to make a difference by sharing knowledge and taking our proposal into a superior level.” 

About everis

everis is a consulting and outsourcing company that covers all sectors of the economy, with a turnover of nearly 1.437 million euros in the last fiscal year, made up of 27,000 professionals distributed throughout Europe, the USA and Latin America. everis is firmly committed to talent and innovation and its main objective is to attract the best professionals and help them develop their careers in the company https://www.everis.com/

Mentorship & Training

LFN is kicking off an expanded mentorship program with 9 active projects; opportunities for students (mentees) include building a portal for ONAP Automation Testing; Hardware Delivery Verification Tool; ONAP Security Requirements; Conformance Testing for ETSI NFV APIs; and more. More details on the LFN Mentorship program are available here

Additionally, the Linux Foundation offers a robust package of networking training courses. Given the current global situation, the Linux Foundation is making it easier to use this time to brush up on open source skills, or gain new ones. All certification exams, and nearly all  training courses, are available remotely, making them a good option for those home during this time. 

Included is the entire catalog of open networking training courses, covering everything from DevOps for Network Engineers to courses on ONAP, OPNFV and more. An ONAP certification exam will be launching in the coming months, so this is a great chance to get prepared. The LF also offers dozens of completely free training courses. Edge training courses will be available in May. 

OVP Badging

The OPFV Verification Program (OVP), which has verified 12 products with the NFVI “Infrastructure” badge, is pleased to announce its first product to be verified with the “VNF” Badge – Çınar, a 5G Core VNF from LFN member Ulak Communications. The team from Ulak participated in the LFN Developer & Testing Forum in Prague and the VNF Hacking Track designed to help VNF vendors jumpstart their VNF testing efforts. 

New LFN Assets

A new whitepaper, prepared by a Working Group of the LFN Technical Advisory Council (TAC), has been published that illustrates the state-of-the-art in networking technology and provides an overview for how the LF Networking (LFN) projects may be used as building blocks for modern networks. An introductory guide for the edge is also now available that gives an overview of the edge compute market opportunity, where open source fits in, the role of Linux Foundation projects in your edge strategy, and how to get involved. 

Looking Ahead

2020 will continue to be a productive year for LFN. The community will host a virtual developer event June 1-4 (details to come) for developers to collaborate and engage across LFN communities, including ONAP, OPNFV, CNTT, and more. 

The Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES),  the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud & IoT will take place in Los Angeles September 28-29. ONES enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing. Register today for Early Bird pricing: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/register/

ONAP will soon issue its sixth platform release, ONAP Frankfurt, which enhances support for cloud native with deeper Kubernetes integration and for 5G through network slicing and an initial O-RAN integration. Frankfurt will also include security improvements and begin the shift to Python 3 and Java 11.  

More LFN content is on the way with an LFN End User Advisory Group (EUAG) whitepaper on ONAP consumption, a CNTT whitepaper, and introductory guides for cloud native and 5G.

Support for XGVela

“Cloud Native has reached broad consensus as the target architecture of telecom networks,” said Xiongyan Tang, chief scientist of China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute and the Chief Architect of China Unicom Intelligent Network Center, China Unicom. “China Unicom believes that the telecom cloud native architecture is a key path towards agile operations, and would provide a great foundation for the digital transformation of operators. XGVela is committed to work together towards a telecom PaaS functions platform for 5G and Cloud-oriented serviceswhich will play an important role in the cloud native evolution of  thetelecom industry. China Unicom is pleased to join XGVela project, and will work together with community partners to nurture a vibrant technical community.”

“In the 5G era, services innovation needs a fast-paced, continuous change of technology to promote network transformation,” said Yongbing Fan, vice director of Network Evolution Department, China Telecom Research Institute. “The integration of CT and IT technology, network and cloud-native are currently recognized to be telco-industry trends. China Telecom attaches great importance to the combination of network and services, and is committed to accelerating its cloudification. The cloud-native telecom PaaS platform, XGVela, perfectly meets the needs of the 5G era. China Telecom is pleased to join this project and work with community partners to cultivate a dynamic technical community.”

“Cloud native paradigm and design principles are key to Ericsson, being the first 5G provider to include cloud native container-based technologies as part of its 5G Core offering,” said Anders Rpsengren, head of Architecture & Technology, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson. “Ericsson is one of the leading promoters and supporters of the open source ecosystem, accelerating the adoption and industry alignment in a number of key technology areas. As a leading vendor of cloud native telco applications we see significant value in both standardization and open source projects in the cloud native area including CNCF, CNTT and now XGVela, that help push the boundaries of tomorrow’s networks in terms of agility, efficiency and reliability.”

“Network transition has become a consensus among global operators. NFV, SDN and 5G have accelerated the progress of telecommunication network and cloud computing combination,” said Chen Fang, technical director, H3C Carrier Departemnet. “XGVela will further promote the introduction of cloud-native concepts into telecommunications networks. By constructing a carrier-grade PaaS platform and restructuring the organization of 5G network elements, it will promote the full opening of 5G network capabilities and support the network transition and success of 5G networks. H3C is committed to promoting the digital transition of society and is willing to work with China Mobile to promote the maturity and industrialization of XGVela.”

“The telecommunications industry is in the middle of two key transitions that will shape the world to come – the deployment of 5G and the transition to cloud native,” said Jonne Soininen, head of Open Source Initiatives, Nokia  “The industry needs to work closely together in order to succeed in this transition. Nokia is strongly committed to contribute to achieve this goal. We welcome the leadership from CMCC in proposing the XGVela project. Nokia is looking forward to working closely with CMCC and the rest of the industry to make sure the transition to cloud native in telecommunications is successful.”

“ZTE is honored to participate in the XGVela project as a major telecommunications equipment manufacturer. We believe that XGVela attempts to use containerization technology and reasonably divide the telecommunications capabilities and general capabilities in PaaS, which will help the flexible deployment of network elements and the rapid scheduling of resources in 5G networks,” said Wang Weibin, CTO of ZTE Telecom Cloud & CN Product Operation. “ZTE hopes to contribute our experience accumulated in the long-term research and development of telecommunications core networks in this project. We sincerely hope that industry peers will work closely together in this new open source project to enrich the ecosystem, create extraordinary value, and achieve complete success!”

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  • Initiatives across the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), LF Networking’s Compliance and Verification program (OVP), ONAP Cloud Native, and OPNFV holistically address cloud native architecture, deployment challenges, and Cloud Native Network Function (CNF) requirements 
  • Open source groups preemptively address interoperability and performance to accelerate networking industry cloud native transformation

 

 

SAN FRANCISCOApril 30, 2020 – LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open source networking projects, today announced a turning point for the industry, with integrated initiatives focused on cloud native interoperability and deployment for telcos. Consolidated efforts among the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), LF Networking’s Compliance and Verification Committee (or OPNFV Verification Program, “OVP”), and the OPNFV project through CNTT’s cloud native “R2” workstreams, OVP’s cloud native “OVP 2.0,” and OPNFV’s renewed commitment to testing and integration alignment with end users indicate a deep commitment to  address challenges faced in cloud native adoption. 

“NFV continues to evolve as telcos increasingly adopt cloud native technologies,” said Heather Kirksey, vice president, Community & Ecosystem Development, the Linux Foundation. “Change, however, brings challenges, especially to areas like compliance, testing, automation, and integration. With input from telcos directly, collaborative efforts across CNTT, OVP, and OPNFV enable our ecosystem to benefit from cloud native adoption.”  

Celebrating its first year, CNTT – developed to create a  reference model, implementations and conformance requirements to reduce cost, time-to-market and complexity of telco operations in development and adoption of VNFs and CNFs – has augmented its VM-based specifications with several cloud native focused workstreams focused on container technologies. These workstreams will enable service providers to specify infrastructure and CNF requirements to empower operators to drive forward with their cloud native implementations with an early emphasis on streamlining operations, ease of CNF deployment, and implementation consistency. These requirements will enable strong integration and conformance to streamline operational efficiency and new service agility. The group is also on track for its third release, Baldy, in early June. 

“China Mobile started the world’s largest NFV cloud deployment in 2019. Taking into consideration cross-vendor and scalability challenges, China Mobile put in a huge effort on interoperability and integration automation, and established a mature integration process and automation toolsets, which help improve the overall efficiency and quality of NFV cloud,” said Xiaodong Duan, director of Network and IT department of China Mobile Research Institute. “We believe these practices and experiences could also provide help and reference to other operators. Open source communities provide de-facto standards, open interfaces and automation tools, which are crucial for NFV adoption. We are expecting CNTT and OPNFV 2.0 to take the leading role for promoting NFV to the next phase of integrated innovation.”

In tandem with CNTT, OPNFV – which reduces time to integrate and deploy NFV infrastructure and onboard VNF/CNFs for those who supply components and those who operationalize these platforms – has adapted its mission based on the evolving needs of telcos. The next stage of OPNFV takes the initial foundations laid by the project to the next level by providing support for CNTT architectures and introducing reference implementation and test automation ahead of 5G deployments while continuing and refining the testing and integration work OPNFV is known for.  Providing the code implementation of CNTT platform references and testing requirements, OPNFV further accelerates the telecom ecosystem’s commitment to improving adoption and easing operational headaches.

Pivot points include improved developer resources, such as more refined testing and deployment tools for conformance and performance of NFV infrastructure, aligned with industry reference architectures.

“Having successfully completed the roll-out of our network virtual infrastructure, Vodafone is accelerating it’s journey to Cloud Native,” said Rabi Abdel, principal cloud architect and senior manager at Vodafone Group. “Industry initiatives such as CNTT, empowered by a compliance program, can help us simplify the management of our sophisticated, feature-rich, complex Cloud Networks, and enable an open, inter-operable & fully integrated architecture eco-system.This is a key factor to enable the delivery of high quality new Services to our Customers, faster than ever, in the 5G era.” 

 Also taking on a concerted effort to address cloud native for telcos, the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) –  which combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for cloud stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG) – has launched a Cloud Native OVP sub-committee focused on conformance, validation, and performance testing for cloud native infrastructure and CNFs. Working closely with the CNTT requirements workstreams, the automated integration and testing work with OPNFV, and ONAP cloud native orchestration initiatives, the cloud native OVP initiative further enhances operator and vendor abilities to more easily transition to cloud native in a cost effective and interoperable fashion.These requirements feed tool-sets and testing scripts developed within OPNFV, ONAP, and the CNCF Telecom User Group (TUG) communities.

To date, OVP’s VM-based program has verified 12 products with the NFVI “Infrastructure” badge and one product with the VNF badge. OVP 2.0 will enhance this effort with badges for cloud native telecom platforms and CNFs.

Looking Ahead

Taken as a whole, these initiatives spanning architecture specifications, implementation integration and deployment, automated testing, and compliance badging provide a solid foundation to advance the telecom industry’s cloud native journey. Moving forward, the groups will continue alignment and collective integration with other related groups including the CNCF Telecom User Group (TUG), ETSI, the GSMA, and other open source and SDO groups. As 5G becomes more pervasive, telcos need to find new paths to adopt technologies in ways that did not exist five plus years ago when NFV came onto the scene. 

The community expects to issue two CNTT releases this year, with an updated Reference Architecture, Reference Model and Reference Conformance to start. Reference Implementations and more OVP Badging updates are also in the works. 

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  • Open Horizon, an application and metadata delivery platform, is now part of LF Edge as a Stage 1 (At-Large) Project.
  • New members bring R&D expertise in Telco, Enterprise and Cloud Edge Infrastructure.
  • EdgeX Foundry hits 4.3 million downloads and Akraino R2 delivers 14 validated deployment-ready blueprints.
  • Fledge shares a race car use case optimizing car and driver operations using Google Cloud, Machine Learning and state-of-the-art digital twins and simulators.

SAN FRANCISCO – April 30, 2020 –  LF Edge, an umbrella organization under The Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced continued project momentum with the addition a new project and several technical milestones for EdgeX Foundry, Akraino Edge Stack and Fledge. Additionally, the project welcomes seven new members including CloudBrink, Federated Wireless, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Kaloom, Ori Industries, Tensor Networks and VoerEir to its ecosystem.

Open Horizon, an existing project contributed by IBM, is a platform for managing the service software lifecycle of containerized workloads and related machine learning assets. It enables autonomous management of applications deployed to distributed webscale fleets of edge computing nodes and devices without requiring on-premise administrators.

Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to where data is created by people, places, and things. Open Horizon simplifies the job of getting the right applications and machine learning onto the right compute devices, and keeps those applications running and updated. It also enables the autonomous management of more than 10,000 edge devices simultaneously – that’s 20 times as many endpoints as in traditional solutions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Open Horizon and new members to the LF Edge ecosystem,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “These additions complement our deployment ready LF Edge open source projects and our growing global ecosystem.”

“LF Edge is bringing together some of the most significant open source efforts in the industry, said Todd Moore, IBM VP Open Technology, “We are excited to contribute the Open Horizon project as this will expand the work with the other projects and companies to create shared approaches, open standards, and common interfaces and APIs.”

Open Horizon joins LF Edge’s other projects including: Akraino Edge Stack, Baetyl,  EdgeX Foundry, Fledge, Home Edge, Project EVE and State of the Edge. These projects support emerging edge applications across areas such as non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, and  faster processing and mobility. By forming a software stack that brings the best of cloud, enterprise and telecom, LF Edge helps to unify a fragmented edge market around a common, open vision for the future of the industry.

Since its launch last year, LF Edge projects have met significant milestones including:

  • EdgeX Foundry has hit 4.3 million docker downloads.
  • Akraino Edge Stack (Release 2) has 6 Blueprint families and 14 specific Blueprints that have all tested and validated on hardware labs and can be deployed immediately in various industries including Connected Vehicle, AR/VR, Integrated Cloud Native NFV, Network Cloud and Tungsten Fabric and SDN-Enabled Broadband Access.
  • Fledge shares a race car use case optimizing car and driver operations using Google Cloud, Machine Learning and state-of-the-art digital twins and simulators.
  • State of the Edge merged under LF Edge earlier this month and will continue to pave the path as the industry’s first open research program on edge computing. Under the umbrella, State of the Edge will continue its assets including State of the Edge Reports, Open Glossary of Edge Computing and the Edge Computing Landscape.

Support from the Expanding LF Edge Ecosystem

Federated Wireless:

“LF Edge has become a critical point of collaboration for network and enterprise edge innovators in this new cloud-driven IT landscape,” said Kurt Schaubach, CTO, Federated Wireless. “We joined the LF Edge to apply our connectivity and spectrum expertise to helping define the State of the Edge, and are energized by the opportunity to contribute to the establishment of next generation edge compute for the myriad of low latency applications that will soon be part of private 5G networks.”

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI):

“ITRI is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. We focus on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, we also added a focus on 5G, AI, and Edge Computing related research and development. We joined LF Edge to leverage its leadership in these areas and to collaborate with the more than 75 member companies on projects like Akraino Edge Stack.”

Kaloom:

“Kaloom is pleased to join LF Edge to collaborate with the community on developing open, cloud-native networking, management and orchestration for edge deployments” said Suresh Krishnan, chief technology officer, Kaloom.  “We are working on an unified edge solution in order to optimize the use of resources while meeting the exacting performance, space and energy efficiency needs that are posed by edge deployments. We look forward to contributing our expertise in this space and to collaborating with the other members in LF Edge in accelerating the adoption of open source software, hardware and standards that speed up innovation and reduce TCO.”

Ori Industries:

“At Ori, we are fundamentally changing how software interacts with the distributed hardware on mobile operator networks.” said Mahdi Yahya, Founder and CEO, Ori Industries. “We also know that developers can’t provision, deploy and run applications seamlessly on telco infrastructure. We’re looking forward to working closely with the LF Edge community and the wider open-source ecosystem this year, as we turn our attention to developers and opening up access to the distributed, telco edge.”

Tensor Networks:

“Tensor Networks believes in and supports open source. Having an arena free from the risks of IP Infringement to collaborate and develop value which can be accessible to more people and organizations is essential to our efforts. Tensor runs its organization, and develops products on top of Linux.  The visions of LF Edge, where networks and latency are part of open software based service composition and delivery, align with our vision of open, fast, smart, secure, connected, and customer driven opportunities across all industry boundaries.” – Bill Walker, Chief Technology Officer.

VoerEir:

“In our extensive work with industry leaders for NFVI/VIM test and benchmarking,  a need to standardize infrastructure KPIs in Edge computing has gradually become more important,” said Arif  Khan, Co-Founder of VoerEir AB. “This need has made it essential for us to join LF Edge and to initiate the new Feature Project “Kontour” under the Akraino umbrella. We are excited to collaborate with various industry leaders to define, standardize  and measure Edge KPIs.”

About The Linux Foundation

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2020 — The  Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, will host a keynote webinar — “The State of Open Source Networking & Edge” — featuring Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, & IOT. The webinar takes place April 30 at 9:00 AM PT and is open to anyone interested in attending.

Hosted by LF Networking (LFN) and LF Edge, the webinar serves as a virtual update on the current state of the open networking and edge landscapes. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES) North America, which was initially scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, Calif. later this month, has been rescheduled to September 28-29. However, the important work of the ecosystem continues and it’s time for an update on that progress.

“We are all learning to adapt and be more nimble than ever before,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “While we aren’t able to meet face to face with our communities physically, we continue to accelerate community collaboration and momentum while evolving critical industry initiatives that impact how the world accesses information. Please join us April 30 to hear how open networking and edge communities are moving the needle.”

The webinar will not only cover critical industry initiatives such as the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), OPNFV Verification Program (OVP), new project inductions and releases, but Joshipura will present compelling evidence on how community collaboration is accelerating the path forward. This will include an update on deployments, business value-add, R&D, developer engagement, and challenges the community is addressing in 2020. The webinar also presents an opportunity to hear these major LF Networking and LF Edge announcements first-hand. Attendees are encouraged to engage and participate in an open Q&A session following the presentation.

The webinar serves as the first in a series of LF Networking Webinars to bring the community up to speed on open source networking news, initiatives, and innovations and provide a new opportunity for community engagement. LF Edge’s webinar series, “On the Edge with LF Edge,” kicked off last month with an update on the Akraino project. The next LF Edge webinar, “EdgeX101: Intro, Roadmap, and Use Cases,” takes place April 23.

Registration is required to attend the webinar, which takes place April 30 at 9:00 am PT. Details and registration information available here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pt6VgEy2S46T6qW5oNRLPA

Additionally, the important work of the LFN technical communities continues unabated as the LFN Technical Meetings Spring 2020 (initially co-located with ONES North America) are being held virtually from April 21-23. Details and registration: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/calendar/lfn-technical-meetings/

Details on ONES, including registration and final agenda, are available here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/

 

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Industry’s Premier Open Networking & Edge Conference will feature business, technical and architectural sessions on Edge Computing, Cloud Native Networking, Enterprise IT, and Carrier and Cloud Developer Operations

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2020 The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, along with co-hosts LF Networking, the umbrella organization fostering collaboration and innovation across the entire open networking stack, and LF Edge, the umbrella organization building an open source framework for the edge, announced today the rescheduled event dates for Open Networking & Edge Summit North America (ONES, formerly Open Networking Summit) and the complete session line-up. 

ONES North America 2020 will take place September 28-30 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, California. The summit line-up features prominent speakers from AT&T, eBay, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Rancher Labs, Red Hat, Toyota Motor Corporation, Verizon, VMware, Wells Fargo, Yelp, and more. The full event agenda is available here

ONES is the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud, and IoT. It gathers technologists and executives from enterprises, telecoms and cloud providers for technical, architecture and business discussions that will shape the future of networking and edge computing. ONES enables collaborative development and innovation with a deep focus on both Open Networking and AI/ML-enabled use cases for 5G, IoT, Edge and Enterprise deployment, as well as targeted discussions on Edge and IoT frameworks and blueprints across numerous industries including Manufacturing, Retail, Oil and Gas, Transportation, and Telco Edge cloud

“We have an impressive roster of experts lined up to present at Open Networking & Edge Summit North America,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, The Linux Foundation. “With expanded content focused on open source Edge, this year’s event is the place to be for the latest in open innovation and knowledge-sharing across adjacent technologies such as 5G, cloud native, AI/ML, IoT, and more.”

ONES North America 2020 conference session tracks include: Carriers – Core, Edge & Access, Enterprise Networking & Edge, Cloud Networking & Edge, and Business Critical & Innovation.

Content is delivered in a variety of presentation formats including deep-dive technical tracks, panel discussions, tutorials, and case studies. 

Featured Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Andre Fuetsch, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Dan Kohn, Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Alex Choi, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Farah Papaioannou, Co-Founder and President, Edgeworx, Inc.
  • Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture & Technology, Ericsson
  • Justin Dustzadeh, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix
  • Aparna Sinha, Director of Product Management, Google Cloud
  • Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer, ICT Infrastructure Open Source GM, Huawei
  • Marisa S. Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, IBM
  • Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, The Linux Foundation
  • Heather Kirksey, Vice President, Community and Ecosystem Development, The Linux Foundation

Featured Conference Sessions Include:

  • 5G Slicing is a Piece of Cake! – Alla Goldner, Director, Technology, Strategy & Standardization, Amdocs
  • Injecting Security to the Cloud – Susan Hinrichs, Software Engineer, Verizon Media
  • Architectural Patterns & Best-practices to Avoid Lock-ins with Serverless – Murali Kaundinya, Group CTO and Managing Director, Wells Fargo
  • Securing a Network Virtualized with Containers and Kubernetes: Example Solutions and Current Gaps – Samuli Kuusela, Security Architect, Ericsson & Amy Zwarico, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T
  • Multi-Cluster Federation: Should Networking Impact The Solution? – Anil Kumar Vishnoi, Principal Software Engineer & Thomas D. Nadeau, Technical Director of NFV, Red Hat

Conference Registration is $950 through July 19, 2020 with additional registration options available including $300 Hall Passes, $575 Academic Passes, and $300 Student Passes.  Non-profit and group discounts are available as well; see details on the event registration page Members of The Linux Foundation, LFN and LF Edge receive a 20 percent discount on all registration fees; contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted; for information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here. We are continuously monitoring the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus situation and are committed to converting ONES North America 2020 into a virtual experience should it not be safe to bring attendees together in person. Please continue to visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates. 

Open Networking & Edge Summit North America 2020 is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Ericsson, and Huawei, Gold Sponsor IBM, and Silver Sponsor Red Hat. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Jill Lovato at jlovato@linuxfoundation.org.

Additional Resources: 

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

The Linux Foundation Events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

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  • Industry’s Premier Open Networking & Edge Conference Features Keynote Speakers from AT&T, CNCF, Deutsche Telekom AG, Edgeworx, Equinix, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, IBM, Rakuten Mobile and more 
  • The full conference schedule will be announced on March 5th featuring business, technical and architectural sessions

 

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2020The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, along with co-hosts LF Networking, the umbrella organization fostering collaboration and innovation across the entire open networking stack, and LF Edge, the umbrella organization building an open source framework for the edge, today announced initial keynote speakers for Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES) North America 2020. The event takes place April 20-21 in Los Angeles, California. 

Open Networking & Edge Summit (formerly Open Networking Summit) is the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud and  IoT. The event enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing with a deep focus on technical, architectural and business discussions in the areas of Open Networking & AI/ML-enabled use cases for 5G, IoT, Edge and Enterprise deployment, as well as targeted discussions on Edge/IoT frameworks and blueprints across Manufacturing, Retail, Oil and Gas, Transportation and Telco Edge cloud, among other key areas.

Keynote speakers this year include:

  • Andre Fuetsch, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Dan Kohn, Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Alex Choi, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Farah Papaioannou, Co-Founder and President, Edgeworx, Inc.
  • Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture & Technology, Ericsson
  • Justin Dustzadeh, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix
  • Aparna Sinha, Director of Product Management, Google Cloud
  • Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer, ICT Infrastructure Open Source GM, Huawei
  • Marisa S. Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, IBM
  • Ashiq Khan, Head of Cloud and NFV, Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
  • Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, The Linux Foundation
  • Heather Kirksey, Vice President, Community and Ecosystem Development, The Linux Foundation

Additional keynote speakers, as well as the full schedule of sessions, will be announced the first week of March.

Conference Registration is $950 through March 10, 2020 with additional registration options available including $300 Hall Passes, $600 Academic Passes, and $500 Student Passes.  Non-profit and group discounts are available as well; details are available on the event registration page. Members of The Linux Foundation and Linux Foundation Projects (including LFN and LF Edge) receive a 20 percent discount on all registration fees; contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted; for information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Open Networking and Edge Summit North America 2020 is made possible thanks to Platinum Sponsors Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Ericsson, and Huawei, Gold Sponsor IBM, and Silver Sponsor Red Hat. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.  

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Jill Lovato at jlovato@linuxfoundation.org.

Additional Resources 

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

The Linux Foundation Events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

 

 

  • LFN’s ONAP, OPNFV, ODL, and FD.io projects further automated 5G deployments with code releases in 1H as well as  hybrid support for VNF/CNF/NFVI compliance 
  • A10 Networks, AMD, Codilime, Mirantis, Robin.io, Solutions by STC, ULAK, University of California San Diego, University of Surrey, and Xilinx join more than 100 other  leading organizations to collaborate, create, test and deploy open source networking software 
  • Initiatives such as the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP), and Cloud Native Network Functions evolve and expand across adjacent communities and organizations

 

SAN FRANCISCO – February 20, 2020 —  LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the addition of nine new members.The project welcomes new Silver members A10 Networks, AMD, Codilime, Mirantis, Robin.io, Solutions by STC, ULAK, and Xilinx, and Associate members University of California San Diego, and University of Surrey.  

“It’s great to kick off 2020 by welcoming a new swath of global members to the LFN community,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “We’re expanding our member ecosystem in tandem with growth across initiatives that harmonize open source an open standards, enable automated testing and deployment, and further Cloud Native Network Functions as open source becomes more mainstream.”

The newest LFN members will work alongside the 100+ existing member organizations to drive development, testing and implementation of LFN’s networking projects, including FD.io, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OpenSwitch, OPNFV, PNDA, SNAS, and Tungsten Fabric.

LFN begins 2020 by evolving joint collaboration across the industry to enable cloud native network functions (CNFs) to shift workloads into Kubernetes clusters using ONAP to orchestrate a variety of functions and services. Other activity includes harmonization with open standards, via the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), jointly hosted by the GSMA. The group recently published an  initial common Reference Model and Reference Architecture as well as hosting a joint hackathon with developers across the LFN community. CNTT enhances the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) which combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for NFV stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG). Current efforts include the next iteration of OVP, with more automation integrated via ONAP. 

Join the Community at Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES)

Open Networking & Edge Summit (formerly Open Networking Summit), the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud & IoT, takes place in North America April 20-21 in Los Angeles, Calif and in Europe September 29-30 in Antwerp, Belgium.  ONES enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing. Join the LFN community in Los Angeles and  register by March 10 for Early Bird pricing: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/register/

Member Supporting Quotes:

“The Linux Foundation and its members continue to advance open source initiatives across a range of technologies. As network functions become more virtualized and cloud-native, the work the foundation is doing will help enable these network functions as open source. We are honored to join the Linux Foundation to help drive joint initiatives like the end-to-end 5G cloud-native network proof of concept (POC),” said Yasir Liaqatullah, vice president of product management, A10 Networks.  

Bartosz Górski, CodiLime’s Chief Relationship Officer & Board Member is excited about this new opening. “The Linux Foundation, LF Networking and CodiLime have a mutual interest in pursuing the development of open-source networking stack. This has led us to join forces to foster the development of a networking project for the benefit of the entire open-source community. For the last 9 years, CodiLime has gained considerable experience in network engineering providing solutions for industry leaders. Last year we had the opportunity to present our solution based on Tungsten Fabric at the LFN booth at the Open Networking Summit and we got very positive feedback from the community. I believe that 2020 will see even more fruitful collaboration.”

“The LF Networking community is the guiding force of innovation in 5G, Edge, and the next generation of software-defined networking technology,” said Shaun O’Meara, Field CTO at Mirantis. “Mirantis has a history of becoming a significant collaborator in the projects we are part of. As we continue to promote open standards and innovation in our work with Kubernetes, Edge/IoT, and CNFs, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other members to benefit our customers, partners, and the industry at large.”

“Cloud-native networking is a big challenge with many technologies and technology providers, that’s why open standards and working together as a community are key to solving problems that we all face. There are exciting possibilities in this area for speeding industry adoption of open CNFs and vRAN technology for cost-effective and performant 5G rollout and scaling,”  said Mehran Hadipour, vice president, business development, robin.io.

“LF Networking’s community represents a vibrate, collaborative effort to further the networking industry, and its focus on activities such as VNF compliance and validation, interoperability testing, and ecosystem acceleration is industry-leading. We are pleased to become members of LFN, participate in the OVP program, and accelerate areas such as 5G, cloud native networking, and edge/IoT,” said Metin Balcı, PhD, CEO, ULAK.

“Joining the Linux Foundation Networking Consortium reinforces Xilinx’s commitment to sustainable, open-source ecosystems. Software, 5G, telco, data center and multi-access edge computing developers can now easily take advantage of our adaptable platforms. We’re delighted to join the LF Networking consortium to enable software developers to use our leadership technology,” said Dan Mansur, vice president, Wired and Wireless Communication Group, Xilinx.

About the Newest LFN Members:

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) enables service providers, cloud providers and enterprises to ensure their 5G networks and multi-cloud applications are secure. With advanced analytics, machine learning and intelligent automation, business-critical applications are protected, reliable and always available. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, Calif. and serves customers in 117 countries worldwide. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com and @A10Networks.

For 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the data center. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

CodiLime specializes in building, developing and integrating SDN & NFV solutions in a single-multi- or hybrid-cloud environment. It offers a wide range of services related to network engineering, including front-end and back-end development, DevOps, quality assurance and UX/UI services designed specifically for network applications. The company is also a contributor to Tungsten Fabric, an open-source SDN Controller and has done multiple projects of OpenStack and Kubernetes implementation. Thanks to its expertise, the company has won the confidence of such global industry leaders as Juniper Networks, Nutanix, Nvidia, AT&T, Gigaspaces, Stratoscale, Cloudify, Huawei, IBM and Hitachi. Learn more about CodiLime at https://codilime.com/.

Mirantis helps enterprises move to the cloud on their terms, delivering a true cloud experience on any infrastructure, powered by Kubernetes. The company uses a unique as-a-service model empowering developers to build, share and run their applications anywhere – from public to hybrid cloud and to the edge. Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, Citizens Bank, DocuSign, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Splunk, and Volkswagen. Learn more at www.mirantis.com 

Robin.io provides an application automation platform that enables enterprises to deliver complex application pipelines as a service. Built on industry-standard Kubernetes, the Robin platform allows developers and platform engineers to rapidly deploy and easily manage data- and network-centric applications—including big data, NoSQL and 5G—independent of underlying infrastructure resources. The Robin platform is used globally by companies including BNP Paribas, Palo Alto Networks, Rakuten Mobile, SAP, Sabre and USAA. Robin.io is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. More at www.robin.io and Twitter: @robin4K8S.

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  • Akraino R2 delivers new levels of flexibility for scale, efficiency, and high availability while accelerating deployment of edge application
  • Augments edge stacks delivered in R1 including Network Cloud, IoT Edge, Enterprise Edge, and Telecom Edge with new and enhanced tested and validated deployment-ready blueprints

SAN FRANCISCO  January 16, 2020LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced the availability of Akraino Edge Stack Release 2 (“Akraino R2”).  Akraino’s second release furthers the power of intelligent edge with new and enhanced deployable, self-certified blueprints for a diverse set of edge use cases.

Launched in 2018, and now a Stage 3 (or “Impact” stage) project under the LF Edge umbrella, Akraino Edge Stack is creating an open source software stack that supports a high-availability cloud stack optimized for edge computing systems and applications. Designed to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for enterprise edge, over-the-top (OTT) edge, and carrier edge networks, it offers users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the applications and functions supported at the edge, and to help ensure the reliability of systems that must be up at all times.

“The Akraino community has grown rapidly in the past year, and now includes contributions from 70 percent of LF Edge Premium member companies and countless other ecosystem partners beginning to deploy the blueprints across the globe,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “With R2, strong community collaboration brings even more blueprints to the ecosystem that support current and future technology at the open source edge.”

About Akraino R2
Akraino Release 2 delivers the next iteration of open source edge cloud innovation for new levels of flexibility that scale 5G, industrial IoT, telco, and enterprise edge cloud services quickly, by delivering community-vetted edge cloud blueprints to deploy edge services. The blueprints address interoperability, packaging, and testing under open standards, which reduces users’ overall deployment costs and integration time. 

Akraino R2 includes 6 blueprint families and 14 blueprints, all tested and validated on real hardware labs supported by users and community members. This release enhances the edge stacks delivered in R1 for cross-disciplinary edge use cases as well as new edge stacks to support connected vehicles, AR/VR, NFV, Telco Access, integration with SDN solutions and project promotions to maturity, with rigorous community standards. 

The 14 “ready and proven” blueprints, include both updates to existing R1 blueprints, and the introduction of five new blueprints:

  • Connected Vehicle: This blueprint establishes an open source MEC platform to enable use cases such as accuracy of location, smarter navigation with real-time traffic updates, driver safety improvements, and traffic rule alerts. 
  • IEC type 4: AR/VR-oriented Edge Stack: Focused on focused on AR/ VR applications running on the edge, the blueprint builds the AR/VR infrastructure and introduces  a virtual classroom application, which improves online education experiences for teachers and students through a virtual classroom simulation. 
  • Integrated Cloud Native NFV/Application Stack (ICN): ICN addresses the overall challenges of edge deployments in a single deployment model that enables Edge Providers for Zero Touch Provisioning support in multi-cloud, multi-edge and multi-party orchestration. It integrates Kubernetes and ONAP4K8s for container run times and service orchestration and supports bare metal and virtual deployments. 
  • Network Cloud and Tungsten Fabric: This blueprint implements the Network Cloud with LF Networking’s Tungsten Fabric as an SDN Controller supporting cloud native integration for Kubernetes as well as the Neutron plugin for OpenStack, allowing operators to leverage Tungsten Fabric as a deployment tool and control infrastructure. 
  • SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA): Part of the the Telco Appliance blueprint family, SEBA provides an appliance tuned to support the SDN-enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) platform. The blueprint utilizes a reusable set of modules introduced by the Radio Edge Cloud (REC), introduced in Akraino R1.

More information on Akraino R2, including links to documentation, can be found here. For details on how to get involved with LF Edge and its projects, visit https://www.lfedge.org/

Looking Ahead
The community is already planning R3, which will include more new blueprints such as Edge AI/ML, 5G MEC/Slice, Time Critical Edge, and Micro-MEC and more, as well as enhancements to existing blueprints and tools for automated blueprint validations

Don’t miss the Open Networking and Edge Summit (ONES) North America, April 20-21 in Los Angeles, where Akraino and other LF Edge communities will be onsite to share the latest open source edge developments. 

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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