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Akraino Scope

Akraino's Scope covers everything related to Edge, as outlined in the below picture:

Akraino scope includes:

  • Development of edge solution to address Telco, Enterprise, and Industrial IoT 
  • Develop Edge API and framework for interoperability with 3rd party Edge providers & hybrid cloud models

  • Collaborate with upstream community(CI/CD& upstream process support)

  • Development of Edge Middleware, SDKs, applications and create an app/VNF ecosystem
  • Create Blueprints (integrated stack) to address Edge use cases:

    1. (Telco/Hosted) Edge: e.g. include ONAP, OpenStack, Airship, etc (e.g. large/medium POD)

    2. (Telco/hosted) Remote edge: Stack scale from single node to Enterprise use cases (e.g. IOT)

    3. (OTT/Enterprise/Telecom) Stack for remote edge locations (1000s) with disaggregated hardware

    4. (OTT/IIOT/Enterprise) Develop a lightweight stack for low latency remote edge and IOT gateway 

Additional Scope

  • Single Pane of Glass Control - Single view management of edge resources across 10,000 + sites.
  • Thin local Control Plane - Develop multiple ways to reduce local box or data center control plane footprint. For example, run control/data plane mixed with security measures, run in network switches, etc.
  • Edge user/ Developer APIs - Provide agnostic Edge APIs.
  • Edge IaaS/ PaaS - Wide variety of Edge applications.
  • Central/Regional VIM - Alternative to Thin local Control Plane.  Remote orchestration of edge compute resources (thin control, agent only at the edge).
  • Edge capabilities like analytics etc.
  • Low Latency Provisioning - Dynamic Micro services enablement.
  • Central/Regional ONAP - Enhance ONAP to support Edge scale.
  • Cloud Native VNFs - Container/ Micro services based VNFs.

Key principles 

Edge computing requires significant efforts associated with seamless integration and user experience.  Also, Edge computing solutions require large-scale deployment, typically covering 1000 plus locations.  Keeping these challenges in mind, the key requirement for the Akraino project is to keep the cost low and ensure it supports large-scale deployments via automation.  The Akraino community to work with multiple upstream open source communities such as Airship, OpenStack, ONAP, etc., to deliver a fully integrated stack. Akraino will supply a fully integrated solution that supports Zero-touch provisioning, and Zero-touch lifecycle management of the integrated stack. 

Akraino will follow the key principles with respect to design, build and run. 

Design Principle

Akraino will follow a holistic design with respect to availability, capacity, security, and continuity. 

  • Finite set of configurations – In order to reduce the complexity, the design will follow a finite set of configurations.
  • Cloud native applications – The design will also include the native applications.
  • Simplified security – The design will provide a secure platform and services while not being a burden for the platform.
  • Autonomous, turn-key solution for service enablement to enable rapid introduction.
  • Platform, VNF and application assessment and gating – assess whether the application is fit to run at the edge. (E.g. latency sensitiveness, code quality). 

Build Principle 

Akraino will be built to scale in a cost-effective way and will evolve to ensure that costs are optimized. 

  • Low latency placement and processing to support edge drivers.
  • Plug & play Modular architecture –building blocks using multiple cloud management technologies. 

Run Principle 

Akraino will adhere to the following run principles: 

  • Zero-touch provisioning, operations, and lifecycle – reduce OpEx

  • Automated maturity measurement – operations, designs, and services.
  • Software abstraction based homogeneity – hide any hardware differences via software.
  • Common platform and service orchestration – ONAP.
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