OpenStack, ETSI to collaborate on edge compute as StarlingX 4.0 readies for flight

OpenStack, ETSI to collaborate on edge compute as StarlingX 4.0 readies for flight

The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) is highlighting its work in the edge computing community by highlighting a partnership with European standards group ETSI as well as an upcoming release of its StarlingX project.

OSF said the partnership with ETSI will help strengthen collaboration between standardization and open source activities, including the area of edge computing.

The OSF and ETSI are increasing collaboration across topics such as experiential networked intelligence (ENI), network functions virtualization (NFV), and multi-access edge computing (MEC). This partnership foresees collaboration on features needed for edge computing use cases across four OSF-supported projects: Airship, Kata Containers, OpenStack and StarlingX.

– The initial focus of Airship is deploying and managing OpenStack and Kubernetes components. This scope can expand to further components from the management and network orchestration (MANO) layer. Both for the initial and extended scope, the collaboration between the groups can align standardization activities to ensure the deployed platform provides compatible interfaces and configuration. 

Kata Containers is a packaging option for edge computing applications, so it is important to make sure it supports any relevant guidelines given by the MEC Industry Specification Group (ISG) within ETSI. 

OpenStack covers the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) components in the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework and provides services and interfaces utilized for MEC use cases. The collaboration between the OpenStack project and ETSI MEC can ensure the compatibility between the infrastructure and application layers. As the edge computing area is still relatively new, sharing information about relevant use cases and requirements can help to evolve the infrastructure services in line with the standardization activities.

StarlingX has the same collaboration points as OpenStack, extended to include work around containerized workloads and container orchestration technologies as further building blocks towards open infrastructure that are highly relevant for MEC use cases as well. 

Newly confirmed StarlingX to issue 4.0 release in July

The open source software project StarlingX, which provides a deployment-ready, scalable and highly reliable edge infrastructure software platform to build mission critical edge clouds, is planning to release version 4.0 in July. Slated enhancements for StarlingX 4.0 include support for Kata Containers as a container runtime, integration of the Ussuri version of OpenStack, and containerization of the remaining platform services. StarlingX leverages open source projects such as Ceph, Linux, KVM, OpenStack and Kubernetes to provide a cloud platform for demanding edge and IoT networks.

After initial code for the project was contributed by WindRiver and Intel, the active community of support for StarlingX has expanded to include 99Cloud, FiberHome, Intel, the OpenStack Foundation, China UnionPay and Wind River, among others. China UnionPay, China Unicom, and T-Systems have become early adopters of the software.

The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors recently announced that former pilot project StarlingX had been confirmed as a top-level Open Infrastructure Project supported by the OpenStack Foundation (OSF). Confirmation by the OSF conveys recognition of a project’s success in meeting the goals of the pilot process and a commitment from the OSF to continue supporting the project.

Lastly, OSF is hosting a virtual OpenDev event series to facilitate discussion among the open infrastructure community about how to address current challenges in cloud infrastructure, including sessions on edge computing. The three-part series has already started; the second event, a discussion around hardware automation, will take place July 20 – 22.

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