The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with AT&T, announced creating a new open source project called Akraino, aimed at building a ‘software stack’ that can run cloud services optimized for edge IoT devices and applications.
In terms of input, AT&T will contribute the code which helps in development of carrier-grade computing applications running in virtual machines and containers. It will support the reliability and performance requirements of Akraino.
Akraino will provide new flexibility levels for scaling edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the number of applications or subscribers supported on each server, and optimize the reliability of systems, resulting in increased uptime.
“This project will bring the extensive work AT&T has already done to create low-latency, carrier-grade technology for the edge that address latency and reliability needs,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “Akraino complements LF Networking projects like ONAP in automating services from edge to core. We’re pleased to welcome it to The Linux Foundation and invite the participation of others as we work together to form Akraino and establish its governance.”
It will put efforts in some of the areas which are yet untouched by other open source projects for a complete edge infrastructure solution. The existing features of open source projects will be integrated in Akraino to get ease of use, unique features and improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for carrier, provider, and IoT networks.
“Akraino, coupled with ONAP and OpenStack, will help to accelerate progress towards development of next-generation, network-based edge services, fueling a new ecosystem of applications for 5G and IoT,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs.
In a related news, AT&T is collaborating with GridRaster to bring a next-generation, low-latency edge cloud. The companies together are working at AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto with an intention to enhance experience of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) on mobile devices.
“We’re working directly with developers, startups and third-party innovators to solve the latency dilemma that limits many existing AR/VR applications,” said Vishy Gopalakrishnan, vice president of Ecosystem & Innovation at AT&T. “Our ability to collaborate with the community and push forth rapid innovations is at the heart of this experiment.”
Last year in November, AT&T had open sourced an AI project called Acumos, in collaboration with Tech Mahindra. The Linux Foundation had hosted the project to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone.