TietoEVRY Scalable Edge Reference Platform
This paper is divided into 3 major parts.
- First (chapters I, II) discussing the problem, MEC (multi-access edge computing) evolution and the use case itself
- Second (chapters III and IV) explaining technical solution, deployment, benchmarking, and scalability
- Third (chapters V to VII) describing the advantages solution brings to the industry and business
Today’s booming demand for low latency edge applications creates the need for highly flexible, scalable, and automated solutions. Edge computing is transforming the way data is being handled, processed, and delivered from millions of devices globally. The explosive growth of internet-connected devices, fueled by fast networking (such as 5G), accelerate the creation of new use cases, such as video analytics, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robotics, and others.
We selected the Open-source Intel Smart Edge Open (formerly known and referred to in this paper as OpenNESS) platform to create a reference implementation of a scalable edge computing platform. The example deployment comprises of real-time, AI inference video analytics solution for Smart Cities implementing an Automated Pedestrian Alert System (APAS).
OpenNESS exposes Intel hardware features to the Kubernetes based, containerized Edge environment and enables easy deployment and optimized orchestration (using OpenVINO™, Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), Real-time kernel etc.) of various edge use cases such as media analytics, Content Delivery Network (CDN) up to 5G access, and core network functions.
The successful implementation of open and intelligent edge computing solutions relies on the deployment of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), white-box hardware closer to sensors, devices, and end-users. These edge computing platforms need to deliver high-performance processing while providing sustainable operations in outdoor or semi-outdoor environments, keeping a constant eye on power consumption. Advantech 5G Edge Servers balance the latest generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with advanced AI and video acceleration in optimized, high density, high-reliability platforms designed to withstand edge environmental conditions.