Computing leaders and organizations dedicate their resources and research to the advancement of edge computing, one such organization being the Open Edge Initiative. Open Edge Initiative partners include Carnegie Mellon University, Intel, Nokia, Crown Castle, Vodafone, T-Mobile, and NTT. 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.”
Multi-access edge computing (MEC) references to computing at the edge of a network. It’s a distributed cloud outside of the centralized cloud that’s closer to the end user and delivers faster, more secure connectivity. Currently, computing may happen at the edge of the network. However, with more connected devices entering the marketplace, edge computing promises to be a robust solution to the predicted surge in network traffic.
The Open Edge Initiative created a lab, the Living Edge Lab, specifically to test real-world examples of edge computing in action in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Here’s a review of the Open Edge Initiative’s Research and Tests.
What is Open Edge Initiative? The Research & Tests
- The Open Edge Initiative is running three tests in its Living Edge Lab. The first test was on the Carnegie Mellon University Campus, which tested end-to-end latency with cloudlet use cases. The second planned test involved an Oakland outdoor testbed. And the third test centered on retail shopping, which tested a local store on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- The initiative organized and created developer libraries to for testing edge computing applications.
- It regularly updates the latest research papers, tests, and advancements in edge computing technology, which can be found here.