EdgeX Foundry is a vendor-neutral open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation. The project is focused on building an accessible open framework for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing. It’s one of the many organizations aimed at advancing edge computing, particularly for IoT. The EdgeX Foundry consists of 68 members, as of this update, that collaborate on the IoT edge ecosystem. Members include Analog Devices, Dell EMC, and Samsung.
What is Edge Computing?
Connected IoT devices require computing that handles massive data transfers in real-time, as well as maintaining a consistent, reliable connection. Edge computing delivers these qualities. It’s located at the network’s edge close to the end user, such as in radio towers, routers, WiFi routers, and local data centers. The proximity to the end user delivers a speedy connection and ultra-low latency, ideal for IoT devices.
Source: EdgeX Foundry
What is EdgeX Foundry?
The Linux Foundation recognized the disjointed IoT edge computing solutions offered by different companies and decided to add to their various of open source projects for emerging technologies. In April 2017, they announced the open source group, EdgeX Foundry, to encourage collaboration between other open source projects, standards organizations, and industry groups for consistency in IoT solutions. The EdgeX Foundry is committed to community learning and education through its Tech Talk series, which is available to anyone. The Foundry also encourages users who download the platform to customize their IoT solutions using their own data and with the help of the EdgeX Foundry user guide.
Work with EdgeX Foundry
EdgeX’s structure makes it easy to become a user or contributor for the platform, giving contributors access to the code so they can “explore, build, or run” the microservices. Users can start here and contributors can start here.
Individuals can ask questions and find project announcements on the Foundry’s Slack site. Roadmaps, software releases, and architecture and project templates are available publicly on the Foundry’s wiki.
In January 2019, the Linux Foundation created an umbrella organization called LF Edge with the goal to make “an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system,” according to a press release. Initial projects include Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry, the Home Edge Project, the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, and Project Eve.
Updated April 2019