The Provider Access Edge blueprint is part of Akraino's Kubernetes-Native Infrastructure family of blueprints. As such, it leverages the best-practices and tools from the Kubernetes community to declaratively manage edge computing stacks at scale and with a consistent, uniform user experience from the infrastructure up to the services and from developer environments to production environments on bare metal or on public cloud.
This blueprint targets small footprint deployments able to host NFV (in particular vRAN) and MEC (e.g. AR/VR, machine learning, etc.) workloads. Its key features are:
- Lightweight, self-managing clusters based on CoreOS and Kubernetes (OKD distro).
- Support for VMs (via KubeVirt) and containers on a common infrastructure.
- Application lifecycle management using the Operator Framework.
- Support for multiple networks using Multus, including fast dataplane like SRIOV, DPDK.
- Support for real-time workloads using CentOS-rt*.
High performance optimizations (hugepages, CPU topology management, etc.)
PTL Self Nomination is open until noon, 10 June 2020 (Pacific Time)
|Role||Photo & Bio||PTL Self Nomination (y/n)|
|Andrew Bays||Red Hat||Committer|
|Committer||Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat Office of the CTO; Edge Computing and|
|Ricardo Noriega||Red Hat||Ricardo Noriega||Committer||Red Hat NFVPE - CTO office - Networking||Y|
|Committer||Distinguished Engineer; Contrail Software - CTO Org|
|Yolanda Robla||Red Hat||Yolanda Robla Mota||Committer||Red Hat NFVPE - Edge, baremetal provisioning|
|Sheetal||Red Hat||Sheetal Chetan Singala||Committer|
Use Case Template
Telco and carrier networks
The need for deploying mobile application on the edge is growing in latest times. Providing a platform that is capable of supporting deployment of mobile applications, using Kubernetes, and based on kubernetes tooling and declarative configuration from end to end is needed.
Business Use Cases
Edge deployments for 5G, mobile edge applications, vRAN
Business Cost - Initial Build Cost Target Objective
It can be deployed on libvirt, amazon and baremetal. Deployment on baremetal requires a small footprint POD with just 5 servers (1 bootstrap, 3 masters, 1 worker)
Business Cost – Target Operational Objective
The POD footprint starts being the same (5 servers), depending on the use case. Typically the cost will be less than $100k
Kubernetes security monitoring and patching capabilities will be required, they are part of the deployment itself
It will depend on the use case, and the workloads applied on top
Blueprint Family - Proposed Name
Kubernetes-Native Infrastructure for Edge (KNI-Edge)
|Provider Access Edge (PAE)|
Blueprint - Proposed Name
Provider Access Edge (PAE)
Initial POD Cost (CAPEX)
less than $150k (TBC)
Scale & Type
3 to 7 x86 servers (Xeon class)
vRAN (RIC), MEC apps (CDN, AI/ML, …)
less than 10kW (TBC)
App Lifecycle Management: Kubernetes Operators
OpenShift SDN (w/ SR-IOV, DPDK, and multi-i/f)