March 29, 2018

Open Source Zeroes In on the Edge

The important role that open source will play in distributing compute power to the edge is coming into clearer focus here this week, with multiple initiatives and some significant contributions from major industry players.

The Open Networking Foundation kicked things off with its announcement of a strategic shift that will put major operators in charge of developing reference designs for edge SDN platforms for network operators, with the intent of moving open source technologies forward faster on that front. The Linux FoundationTuesday announced broader support for its Akraino Edge Stack open source community, including 13 new members and a major open source contribution from one of those Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). (See ONF Operators Take Charge of Edge SDN and ONF Operators Take Charge of Edge SDN.)

In the Intel keynote Tuesday afternoon, Melissa Evers-Hood, senior director of cloud and edge software for Intel's Open Source Technology Center, explained Intel's decision to open source its Wind River Titanium Cloud portfolio of technologies as well as Intel's Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit. Wind River Titanium Cloud is Intel's NFV Infrastructure, based on OpenStack.

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