The Open Edge Initiative is a collaborative effort dedicated to the research and advancement of edge computing. Its vision is “that all nearby components (DSL-boxes, WiFi access points, base stations) offer resources through open and standardized mechanisms to any application, device, or sensor to enable computation at the edge.” The Open Edge Initiative partners include Carnegie Mellon University, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Crown Castle, Vodafone, T-Mobile, and NTT.
Multi-access edge computing (MEC) refers to the standard for edge computing set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Edge computing is a distributed cloud closer to the end user and delivers faster, more secure connectivity. Edge computing will be a key solution for the expected increase in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
What is the Open Edge Initiative? The Research & Tests
The Open Edge Initiative created the Living Edge Lab in Pittsburgh, Pa. to test real-world examples of edge computing in action.
The Open Edge Initiative’s research and tests in the Living Edge Lab ecosystem. Source: Open Edge Computing Initiative
The Living Edge Lab has announced plans for three testbeds in Pittsburgh. The first, at Carnegie Mellon University, will test end-to-end latency with cloudlet use cases. The second test is a planned installation adjacent to the campus, in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The third test aims to show examples of retail shopping use cases, using a local store in the Shadyside neighborhood.
It regularly updates the latest research papers, tests, and advancements in edge computing technology, which can be found here.
In November 2018, Microsoft contributed edge computing products to the lab along with Intel. The products donated included Azure Data Box, Azure Stack, and Microsoft Azure credits so the researchers can use the donated technology.
Updated March 2019