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When will Edge Computing Live Up to its Hype?

When we talk about edge computing, it usually involves future tech like self-driving cars and spaceships. While that future sounds promising, when will it live up to its hype?

You may not know it, but we are on the edge of the tipping point before this technology snowballs.The Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) market size is expected to grow from USD 185.8 Million in 2017 to USD 838.6 Million by 2022.

Venture capitalist Peter Levine recently announced that we will start to see edge computing come online in a big way within the ‘next five years’.

Infrastructure

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Before we see edge computing hit its potential, essential infrastructure needs building.

Vapor IO is one company that intends to build server-containing micro-data centers at the base of existing telco masts. In a blog, they wrote that it will provide "true cloud capabilities to within yards of the end device or application, one hop from the wireless network.”

Quortus, who are exhibiting at MECcongress in Berlin this year, is releasing the industry’s first App-based edge computing solutions. PocketEPC is the flagship product in a new range that includes virtualized, app-based implementations of both staple cellular functions and value-added applications such as enterprise-level access control, caching and local breakout.

AT&T also just moved into the edge arena, pledging to put micro data centers in its central offices, cell towers, and small cells.

“There are applications that demand sub-10 millisecond latency, and there’s nothing you can do to beat the speed of light and make data centers respond in five or 10 milliseconds,” Christian Renaud, IoT Research Director at 451 Research said.

Israel based Iguazio Systems just won $33million worth of funding to match the $48million already raised for a software orchestra conductor that consolidates data into a repository and makes it available to many applications as files, messages, streams and other forms.

Architecture

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The concept of edge computing is new to the scene, and it is the core architecture that needs to play catch up. There needs to be an agreed set of standards before the technology is fully commercialised.

The OpenFog consortium was only established in 2016 with Cisco Systems, ARM Holdings, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and Princeton University all teaming up.

Together they are ‘creating a framework for efficient & reliable networks and intelligent endpoints combined with identifiable, secure, and privacy-friendly information flows between clouds, endpoints and services based on open standard technologies.’

OpenFog will be presenting a warm-up workshop to start MEC Congress in Berlin.

The workshop will include:

  1.  Introduction to fog computing and its role in mobile edge computing
  2.  Overview of the OpenFog Reference Architecture
  3.  Fog applications and use cases
  4.  Panel discussion with audience Q&A

ETSI MEC is another association with long term aims and goals. Since the last MEC Congress, the ETSI MEC ISG has completed their first 2-year cycle of work and has delivered on Phase 1 commitments.

The workshop will include:

  1.  An up-to-date status on completed specifications
  2.  Where you can find the relevant APIs
  3.  Plans for Phase 2 and address some of the use-cases we are in the process of considering.
  4.  Partners in other standards organisation and industry representation bodies to deliver to the world a complete picture

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