There was a time when people had mainframes and eventually servers in their offices, which became cutting-edge technology. Down the hall was the compute power, then eventually the cloud came into fruition, which changed the game. Computers were hundreds of miles, yet mere milliseconds, away. Computing is coming back in a major way with the rise of 5G, IoT, and a necessity for speed. The Linux Foundation’s GM of networking, Arpit Joshipura, made his keynote speech at the Open Networking Summit in Belgium. His prediction is that by the year 2025, edge computing will outpace cloud computing.

Joshipura discusses storage and computing resources involved in edge computing that are between 5 and 20 milliseconds. He feels that edge computing should include framework that’s not only open but interoperable as well. The framework should not include an operating system, use of the cloud, silicon, or hardware. It should also be able to work with any edge-computing technology such as an enterprise edge, a cloud edge, a telecom edge, or the Internet of Things (or IoT) edge. He wants all of these to be unified.

Currently, Linux is able to do this through LF Edge. The company wants to put all edge computing resources under one umbrella using one technology. The reason? So a software stack can be created that will unify a disjointed edge market around an open vision for the industry’s future.

Joshipura intends to make this happen by working with two new projects that are currently being incorporated into LF Edge: Fledge and Baetyl.

Baetyl, once called Baidu OpenEdge, seamlessly extends data, cloud computing, and other services to edge devices, which enable developers to create scalable, light, and secure edge applications. IoT edge developers who need data, cloud computing, and other services are poised to benefit most from Baetyl.

Baidu, China’s version of Google, contributed Baetyl to LF Edge because Baidu’s VP, Watson Yin, wanted to donate it to the community in the hopes that the open-source community will reciprocate while they continue to contribute new technology towards global technology.

Baidu, like a variety of other companies, thinks that open-source helps their business.

Formerly known as FogLAMP, Fledge’s framework is also an open-source framework for the industrial edge. It focuses mostly on safety, situational awareness, predictive maintenance, and critical operations. Fledge can incorporate modern machines, sensors, and the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, by sharing a mutual set of application and administrative APIs with the cloud and industrial “brown field” systems.

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