Automotive Grade Linux Enables Telematics and Instrument Cluster Applications with Latest UCB 6.0 Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2018Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, today announced the latest release of the AGL platform, Unified Code Base (UCB) 6.0, which features device profiles for telematics and instrument cluster.

“The addition of the telematics and instrument cluster profiles opens up new deployment possibilities for AGL,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at The Linux Foundation. “Motorcycles, fleet services, rental car tracking, basic economy cars with good old-fashioned radios, essentially any vehicle without a head unit or infotainment display can now leverage the AGL Unified Code Base as a starting point for their products.”

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

Many AGL members have already started integrating the UCB into their production plans. Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s AGL-based infotainment system is now in vehicles globally.

The AGL UCB 6.0 includes an operating system, middleware and application framework. Key features include:

  • Device profiles for telematics and instrument cluster
  • Core AGL Service layer can be built stand-alone
  • Reference applications including media player, tuner, navigation, web browser, Bluetooth, WiFi, HVAC control, audio mixer and vehicle controls
  • Integration with simultaneous display on IVI system and instrument cluster
  • Multiple display capability including rear seat entertainment
  • Wide range of hardware board support including Renesas, Qualcomm Technologies, Intel, Texas Instrument, NXP and Raspberry Pi
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) with application templates  
  • SmartDeviceLink ready for easy integration and access to smartphone applications
  • Application Services APIs for navigation, voice recognition, bluetooth, audio, tuner and CAN signaling
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) and identity management capabilities including multilingual support
  • Over-The-Air (OTA) upgrade capabilities
  • Security frameworks with role-based-access control

The full list of additions to the UCB 6.0 can be found here.

The global AGL community will gather in Dresden, Germany for the bi-annual All Member Meeting on October 17-18, 2018. At this gathering, members and community leaders will get together to share best practices and future plans for the project. To learn more or register, please visit here.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable rapid development of new features and technologies. Although initially focused on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), AGL is the only organization planning to address all software in the vehicle, including instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Learn more: https://www.automotivelinux.org/

 

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GCC: A World-Class Compiler Optimizing Linux and More

GCC

As the default compiler for the Linux kernel source, GCC delivers trusted, stable performance and also builds system libraries and many of the applications in popular Linux distributions.

Software is useless if computers can’t run it. The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is the unsung hero of the software world, transforming high level source code into low level object code while shielding the developer from hardware dependencies. With over 30 years of continual use and development, GCC offers a robust and stable foundation for building complete systems – from the kernel upwards.  It is not surprising that GCC is still considered by LLVM.org to be “the de facto-standard open source compiler today.”

Who uses GCC?

As the default compiler for the Linux kernel source, GCC delivers trusted, stable performance and also builds system libraries and many of the applications in popular Linux distributions. GCC is also one of the most widely adopted core compilers by developers of embedded systems, with many GCC-based prebuilt toolchains enabling the software for the growing world of IoT devices. Application developers writing code for a variety of new and legacy computing environments depend on GCC since it delivers trusted performance along with support for the broadest range of hardware and operating environments.   

And why do these folks depend on GCC? With decades of development by thousands of people GCC is one of the most respected compilers in the world. It functions as a cross compiler, creating executable code for a platform other than the one on which the compiler is running. GCC is also a core component of the tightly integrated GNU toolchain, produced by the GNU Project, that includes glibc, Binutils, and the GNU Debugger (GDB). GCC delivers improved diagnostics for compile time debugging, accurate and useful information for runtime debugging, and is a well supported platform with an active, committed community that supports the current and two previous releases.

Learn more

If you are building software and not using GCC, you are missing out on the best possible solution. Check out the article “GCC: Optimizing Linux, the Internet, and Everything” to get a more comprehensive look at this amazing software tool.

Margaret Lewis is a technology consultant who previously served as Director of Software Planning at AMD and an Associate Director at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.

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Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation Announce Intent to Create Joint Organization to Support the Broad Node.js and JavaScript Communities

Public Q&A sessions Seeking Community Input to be Held at Node+JS Interactive in Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 10-12

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4, 2018— The Node.js FoundationandJS Foundation today announced an intent to merge. A Q&A session will be held onsite at Node+JS Interactive from 7:30am – 8:30am PT, October 10 at West Ballroom A. Anyone attending Node+JS Interactiveis welcome to attend; questions can be submitted in advance anonymously via this Google Form or by email at pr@nodejs.org.

Leaders from the Node.js Foundation Board of Directors, Technical Steering Committee and Community Committee will join representatives from the JS Foundation Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee to facilitate the discussion, answer questions and solicit community input on the possible structure of a new Foundation. Joining forces will not change the technical independence or autonomy for Node.js or any of the 28 JS Foundation projects such as Appium, ESLint, or jQuery.

JavaScript is a versatile programming language that has expanded far beyond its role as a backbone of the web, entering new environments such as IoT, native apps, DevOps, and protocols. As the ecosystem continues to evolve —moving from browsers to servers, desktop applications to embedded devices —increased collaboration in the JavaScript ecosystem is more important than ever to sustain continued and healthy growth.

“The Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation boards have met several times already to discuss a potential alignment of the communities. The Foundation leaders and key technical stakeholders believe that a tighter alignment of communities will expand the scope of the current Foundations and enable greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects,” said Mike Dolan, Vice President of Strategic Programs, the Linux Foundation. “We are very interested in hearing directly from the community and welcome all questions, ideas, and opinions so that the structure aligns with the expectations of the community. For this reason, no formal decisions regarding a merged Foundation and its potential organizational structure, governance policies, technical framework or leadership have been made at this point and will be formalized based on feedback from the community.”

Additional goals for a merger include:

  • Enhanced operational excellence;
  • Streamlined member engagement;
  • Increased collaboration across the JavaScript ecosystem and affiliated standards bodies;
  • An “umbrella” project structure that brings stronger collaboration across all JavaScript projects; and
  • A single, clear home available for any project in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Today, JavaScript is nearly ubiquitous. Enterprises have been able to greatly reduce training costs and increase developer productivity because frontend JS developers can work on the server side, and vice-versa, eliminating the context switches and enabling all developers to pull from the same knowledge base and vast module ecosystem. Node.js is a major catalyst for this growth. It has become an important part of the modern web development stack and is often the assumed default when working with JavaScript. Merging the Foundations will bring the governance of these technologies in line with its real-world use.

“JavaScript is at the core of an ecosystem of technologies that form the backbone of the web and play an increasingly vital role across industry and society,” said Dan Appelquist, Director of Web Advocacy & Open Source at Samsung Research UK and JSF Board Member. “Strong governance, encouraging inclusive contributor communities and engagement in the ongoing standards development are all important factors in ensuring this ecosystem continues healthy development. A merged foundation is well positioned to deliver on these goals.”

“The possibility of a combined Foundation and the synergistic enhancements this can bring to end users is exciting,” said Todd Moore, Node.js Board Chairperson and IBM VP Opentech. “Our ecosystem can only grow stronger and the Foundations ability to support the contributors to the many great projects involved improve as a result.”

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Kid’s Day at Open Source Summit

For Kid’s Day at Open Source Summit, Banks Family Tech organized a 4-hour long workshop to introduce children to coding. (Image courtesy: S. Bhartiya)

The Linux Foundation strives to make Open Source Summit one of the most inclusive tech events in a variety of ways, offering activities such as the “Women in Open Source” lunch, a diversity social, a first-time attendees get-together, and more. They have activities focused on children, too. Not only does Open Source Summit offer free on-site childcare for attendees’ children, they also sponsor a Kid’s Day.

At this year’s Kid’s Day in Vancouver, the primary goal was to introduce the kids to coding via HTML, and very little computer knowledge or experience was required to participate. “The basics, typing, browsing the Internet and minor computer operation, are all your child needs to participate,” according to the website.

For this event, The Linux Foundation collaborated with Banks Family Tech, who organized the 4-hour long workshop. This workshop was geared toward children ages 9–18 and was open to children from the community as well as those of event attendees. The kids that participated actually ranged in age from 5-13 years of age, and, many already had some coding experience. Some had tried Scratch, and others had written scripts for games.

“We are going to teach how to go from nothing and become coders,” said Phillip Banks, founder of Banks Family Tech.

HTML workshop

The workshop focused squarely on HTML, one of the easiest computing languages. “It’s close to English and it’s not hard text and syntax to learn. It allows us to squeeze a lot of things into a day and get them excited so that they can go home and learn more,” said Banks. “After that, maybe, you can go to Python but HTML is so easy as they get a quick return by manipulating objects, text color and other things on a web-page immediately.”

This Kid’s Day event had a great mix of participants. While some of the kids accompanied their parents who were attending the conference, the majority were from the local community, whose parents learned about the workshop from social networks like Facebook. Khristine Carino, Director for Communications of SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women In Science and Technology), not only brought her own kids but also invited families from underrepresented minorities in Vancouver.

In the workshop, the children learned HTML basics like font tags, how to use fonts and colors, how to add images and videos, and how choose a background for their website. They also had the opportunity to share what they created with the whole group and learn from each other.

“It’s not so much about learning to code, just to be a coder; it’s learning to understand how things work,” said Banks. You can hear more in the video below.

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Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger to Advance the Global Blockchain Business Ecosystem

Through Joint Associate Memberships, EEA and Hyperledger Will Collaborate to Meet Global Demand For Enterprise Blockchain

NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO – Oct 1, 2018 –The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the global standards organization driving the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum, and Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation open source collaborative effort advancing cross-industry blockchain technologies, today jointly announced they have become Associate Members, respectively, within each other’s organization. The open-source, standards-based, cross-platform collaboration between the two organizations will contribute to accelerating mass adoption of blockchain technologies for business.

With hundreds of member companies combined, the EEA and Hyperledger communities represent a wide variety of business sectors from every region of the world.

Hyperledger Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf, and EEA Executive Director, Ron Resnick, have jointly authored a blog post (see Hyperledger’s blog or EEA’s blog) to announce this partnership.

“This is a time of great opportunity,” said Resnick. “Collaborating through mutual associate membership provides more opportunities for both organizations to work more closely together. In addition, Hyperledger developers who join the EEA can participate in EEA Certification to ensure solution compliance for projects related to the Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification.”

As members of each other’s organizations, the leadership of both organizations will be able to collaborate across tens of Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences globally, across hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities. EEA community members working on specifications and standards can turn to Hyperledger to collaborate on software implementations of those standards.

“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations,” said Behlendorf. “Standards, specifications and certification all help enterprise blockchain customers commit to implementations with confidence since they have better assurances of interoperability as well as multiple vendors of choice.”

More About EEA and Hyperledger Work Underway

In 2017, Hyperledger launched the Hyperledger Burrow project, an Apache-licensed implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter. Earlier this year, Hyperledger Sawtooth added support for the EVM as a transaction processor, bringing smart contracts developed for the Ethereum MainNet over to Sawtooth-based networks. That effort, dubbed “Seth,” is now in active use, and the developers anticipate submitting it for conformance testing to the EEA specification as soon as possible. Likewise, support for the EVM is now available in Hyperledger Fabric.

Another example of EEA and Hyperledger’s collaboration is the EEA’s Special Interest Group on Trusted Execution Environments, and a prototype implementation of those proposed standards, called “Private Data Objects” being built within Hyperledger Labs. This project is a best practice example of internet-scale software development work, combining community-driven open standards and community-developed, production-quality open source reference implementation. The effort mirrors work such as the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and Apache working on the web’s underlying protocol HTTP, or ECMA International and Mozilla working on JavaScript, a standardized, multi-platform language used by developers worldwide for web design.

Down the road, this mutually beneficial relationship will encourage Ethereum developers to consider submitting their enterprise projects to Hyperledger and Hyperledger project maintainers to consider taking de-facto interfaces appropriate for standardization to the appropriate EEA working groups. This relationship will also enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and certify them through EEA certification testing programs expected to launch in the second half of 2019.

“As a founding member of both Hyperledger and EEA, we’ve been proud to participate in the incredible growth of both communities. This is a logical next step that will strengthen the industry as a whole, expand each organization’s reach and benefit from the collaboration across ecosystems, while supporting each organization’s distinct mission,” said David Treat, Managing Director at Accenture.

“For anyone who ever put a ‘vs.’ between Ethereum and Hyperledger, this collaboration shows it’s now ‘Ethereum AND Hyperledger,’” said Behlendorf. “We expect developers building Enterprise Ethereum-related technologies to be motivated to submit projects to Hyperledger, and we hope that project maintainers will consider taking de-facto interfaces that are suitable for standardization to the appropriate Special Interest Group at the EEA.”

About The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is the industry’s first global standards organization to deliver an open, standards-based architecture and specification to accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum. The EEA’s world-class Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification and forth-coming testing and certification programs will ensure interoperability, multiple vendors of choice, and lower costs for its members – the world’s largest enterprises and most innovative startups. For additional information about joining the EEA, please reach out to membership@entethalliance.org.

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

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Thirty-Eight New Organizations Join The Linux Foundation in August

SAN FRANCISCO – September 28, 2018 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 31 Silver members and 7 Associate members in the month of August. Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world’s largest open collaboration communities.  

Since the start of 2018, a new organization has joined the Linux Foundation every day and we are honored to be their partners in Open Source.

“We are incredibly excited to see the commitment to open source continue to grow with so many new organizations joining The Linux Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “By choosing to invest in the open source community, these members have shown their dedication to advancing innovation, inclusivity and collaboration, and we are eager to work with them going forward.”  

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of the new members have joined Linux Foundation projects like the Academy Software Foundation, Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Hyperledger and The Zephyr Project. For a full list of members, visit https://www.linuxfoundation.org/membership/members/.

Linux Foundation Silver members are organizations that contribute to or otherwise support open source communities and projects. The new Linux Foundation Silver members who joined in the month of August are:

  • Armory Inc. helps software teams ship better software, faster.
  • Arrikto is a self service, multi-cloud, data management system.
  • Beijing Yan Rong Technology Co Ltd  is committed to the promotion and development of applications in the field of next-generation software-defined data centers.
  • Blink.inc is a real-time technology photography studio chain.
  • ChainNinja Solutions LLC enables global business transactions with lesser friction at a higher degree of trust using blockchain technologies.
  • CloudBolt Software helps enterprise IT build, deploy, and manage access to multiple private and public clouds for effective hybrid cloud orchestration.
  • CStack Technology offers full-stack cloud products and business oriented hybrid-cloud solutions.
  • Datapace is a blockchain powered data marketplace with technical and policy-based data verification, and access to the worldwide network of sensors.
  • DNEG is one of the world’s leading visual effects, animation and stereo conversion companies for feature film and television.
  • Education Ecosystem is a decentralized learning ecosystem that teaches people how to build complete products in future technological fields.
  • Foundries.io delivers secure, over-the-air updatable software platforms for embedded product development.
  • KubeMQ is a messaging backend for microservices, built for efficient migration from .NET/MSMQ to containers managed by Kubernetes.
  • Lacework brings speed and automation to every cloud security process.  
  • NextCloud offers industry-leading on-premises file sync and online collaboration technology.
  • Northstar Ventures (BlockTech) is a full service technology commercialization company specializing in enterprise software solutions, security token offerings, strategic portfolio investments and joint ventures.
  • One Convergence provides infrastructure solutions to optimize the cloud native data center.
  • Opsani applies machine learning to automate and continuously optimize performance of cloud applications and enable autonomous operations.
  • OVH Hosting Inc provides digital, innovative and secure infrastructures for professionals, startups, small and large companies and large accounts.
  • Peer Ledger uses cutting edge blockchain technology to help companies collaborate to protect humans rights, improve environmental performance and significantly reduce risks in their supply chains.
  • PipelineAI continuously trains, optimizes, and serves machine-learning models on live-streaming data directly in production.
  • PRODYNA is an innovative IT consultancy serving the digital needs of corporate enterprises across the continent.
  • Pulumi delivers cloud native infrastructure as code on any cloud with real programming languages and a consistent programming model.
  • Robin Systems, Inc. operates as an application virtualization software company that provides application-defined data center software solutions to enterprises.
  • Shanghai Qiniu Information Technologies Co., Inc. provides Internet data storage services.
  • SoluTech, Inc. is a data storage and management platform that leverages in-house Blockchain technology
  • Synadia Communications is a simple, high performance open source messaging system for cloud native applications, IoT messaging, and microservices architecture.
  • Syncsort Inc provides enterprise software for Fortune 100 companies to collect, integrate, sort, and distribute data.
  • Transwarp Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd specializes in developing database platforms in the Big Date era.
  • Veniam, Inc builds city-scale networks of connected vehicles that expand wireless coverage.
  • VEXXHOST Inc. works with its users to help architect, configure and optimize their cloud infrastructure to reduce expenses and increase productivity.
  • YLD! Limited provides expert advice on implementing the newest technologies into your business strategy.

Associate members of The Linux Foundation include government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to building, sustaining, and using open source technologies. The following organizations are new Linux Foundation Associate members:

With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain, and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

Note – The Linux Foundation releases a look back list of new members joining the organization every month.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Open FinTech Forum Offers Tips for Open Source Success

Enterprise open source adoption has its own set of challenges, but it becomes easier if you have a clear plan to follow. At Open FinTech Forum, Ibrahim Haddad provides guidelines based on proven practices.

2018 marks the year that open source disrupts yet another industry, and this time it’s financial services. The first-ever Open FinTech Forum, happening October 10-11 in New York City, focuses on the intersection of financial services and open source. It promises to provide attendees with guidance on building internal open source programs along with an in-depth look at cutting-edge technologies being deployed in the financial sector, such as AI, blockchain/distributed ledger, and Kubernetes.

Several factors make Open FinTech Forum special, but the in-depth sessions on day 1 especially stand out. The first day offers five technical tutorials, as well as four working discussions covering open source in an enterprise environment, setting up an open source program office, ensuring license compliance, and best practices for contributing to open source projects.

Enterprise open source adoption has its own set of challenges, but it becomes easier if you have a clear plan to follow. At Open FinTech, I’ll present a tutorial session called “Using Open Source: An Enterprise Guide,” which provides a detailed discussion on how to use open source. We’ll start by answering the question, “Why Open Source,” then discuss how to build an internal supporting infrastructure and look at some lessons learned from over two decades of enterprise open source experience. This session — run under the Chatham House Rule — offers a workshop-style environment that is a mix of presentation and discussion triggered by audience questions. The workshop is divided into five sections, explored below.

Why Open Source?

This question may seem trivial but it’s a very important consideration that even the most open source mature companies revisit regularly. In this part of the workshop, we’ll examine seven key reasons why enterprises should engage with open source software, regardless of industry and focus, and how they can gain incredible value from such engagements.

The Importance of Open Source Strategy

Going through the exercise of establishing an open source strategy is a great way to figure out your company’s current position and its future goals with respect to open source. These strategy discussions will usually evolve around goals you’d like to achieve, along with why and how you’d like to achieve them. In this part of the tutorial, we discuss the many questions to consider when determining your open source strategy and tie that to your product and services strategy for a path to a better ROI.

Implementing an Open Source infrastructure

Once you have identified your company’s open source strategy, you need to build infrastructure to support your open source efforts and investments. That infrastructure should act as a enabler for your efforts in using open source, complying with license, contributing to projects, and leading initiatives. In the workshop, I’ll present these various elements that together form an incredible enabling environment for your open source efforts.

Recommended Practices (17 of them)

When IBM pledged to spend $1 billion on Linux R&D back in 2000, it was a major milestone. IBM was a pioneer in the enterprise open source world, and the company had to learn a lot about working with open source software and the various communities. Other companies have since followed suit, and many more are now entering open source as it becomes the new normal of software development.  The question is: How can you minimize the enterprise learning curve on your own open source journey? We’ve got you covered. In this talk, we’ll explore 17 lessons learned from nearly two decades of enterprise experience with open source software.

Challenges

Beyond implementing these best practices, open source adoption requires a cultural shift from traditional software development practices to a more open and collaborative mindset. Internal company dynamics need to be favorable to open source efforts. As an open source leader inside your organization, you will face several challenges in terms of funding resources, justifying ROI, getting upstream focus, etc. These challenges often require a major shift in mindset and a lot of education up the chain. We will explore various considerations relating to culture, processes, tools, continuity, and education to ensure you are on track to open source success in your organization.

We hope to see you at Open FinTech Forum for an informative and high-value event.

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Hyperledger Continues Strong Momentum with 14 New Members

More than 270 organizations now support leading open source blockchain project, including FedEx & Honeywell International Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO – (September 26, 2018)  Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced 14 members have joined its growing global community. More than 270 organizations are now contributing to the growth of Hyperledgers’ open source distributed ledger frameworks and tools.

“Our community ranges from technology giants and industry leaders to start-ups, service providers and academics,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “We are gaining traction around the world in market segments from finance to healthcare and government to logistics. This growth and diversity is a signal of the increasing recognition of the strategic value of enterprise blockchain and commitment to the adoption and development of open source frameworks to drive new business models.”

Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Hyperledger enables organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases. The latest general members to join the community are: BetaBlocks, Blockchain Educators, Cardstack, Constellation Labs, Elemential Labs, FedEx, Honeywell International Inc., KoreConX, Northstar Venture Technologies, Peer Ledger, Syncsort and Wanchain.

Hyperledger supports an open community that values contributions and participation from various entities. As such, pre-approved non-profits, open source projects and government entities can join Hyperledger at no cost as associate members. Associate members joining this month include Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, Canada, and the Government of Bermuda.

New member quotes:

BetaBlocks

“We are proud to join Hyperledger and thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented individuals in the distributed ledger space,” said Antonio Manueco, CTO of BetaBlocks. “At BetaBlocks, we educate and help entrepreneurs build the next generation of amazing companies using blockchain through our co-building program. It is important for us to support The Linux Foundation and Hyperledger in order to help the open source community continue building world class software. We are looking forward to collaborating with some of the other important members of these great organizations.”

Blockchain Educators

“Blockchain Educators is excited to join the Linux Foundation and Hyperledger,” said Thomas Rivera, CEO of Blockchain Educators. “We firmly believe blockchain technology will usher in the next generation of business activity and that Hyperledger is at the forefront. Blockchain Educators is fully dedicated to increasing awareness and enhancing blockchain education for beginners, entrepreneurs, corporations and developers. We look forward to working closely with Hyperledger and its community members.”

Cardstack

“To achieve broad adoption of blockchain technologies, we need to focus on orchestrating cohesive experiences on top of decentralized protocols as well as cloud services, so new value networks can form over existing data assets and market relationships,” said Chris Tse, Founding Director of Cardstack. “We are honored to join the Linux Foundation and Hyperledger to contribute open source software, compile architecture patterns, and share solution templates to bring real use cases to the marketplace. Since 2017, we have been developing on the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform with our client-partner dotBC and their network of music industry innovators to architect and develop a new decentralized media rights registry. Cardstack is excited to leverage other Hyperledger projects and share our experience building decentralized ecosystems with our open-sourced framework and tools.”

Constellation Labs

“We are honored to be a part of the premier organization in technology and the blockchain space. Constellation is working with the Hyperledger community to explore new architectures and frameworks that will usher in a new era of applications built on distributed ledger technology,” said Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation Labs. “Contributing to this project will be imperative to our focus of applying blockchain scalability to real-world, viable enterprise use cases.”

Elemential Labs

“We’re excited to join Hyperledger and bring blockchain infrastructure to the Indian growth story,” said Raunaq Vaisoha, CEO at Elemential Labs. “With our membership, we look to offer additional value to our customers.”

FedEx

“We believe that blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” said Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services. “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community as we continue to explore the applications and help set the standards for wide-scale blockchain adoption in our industry and others.”

Honeywell International Inc.

“Honeywell Aerospace, whose solutions are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft in service today, is pleased to join Hyperledger,” said Sathish Muthukrishnan, Chief Digital and Information Officer for Honeywell Aerospace, “We look forward to leveraging the blockchain technology to solve critical customer needs and enable our position as a leading Software-Industrial Company through the Power of Connected.”

KoreConX

“In Hyperledger Fabric, we found a credible blockchain platform designed especially for financial transactions,” said Oscar A. Jofre, CEO of KoreConX. “This is a highly professional community of technologists who are thoughtful and focused on creating enterprise-class applications, keeping safety and security foremost. A number of respected financial institutions are also building applications with Fabric, which raises our level of confidence and comfort.”

Northstar Venture Technologies

“Northstar is thrilled to join Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation,” said Dean Sutton, CEO of Northstar Venture Technologies. “Having direct access to the Hyperledger resources and community is of great value in our work with enterprise, financial services and capital markets organizations. We look forward to being active contributors to this open standard of ongoing innovation and bringing new platform solutions to market for Northstar and our clients.

Peer Ledger

“Peer Ledger is the creator of the MIMOSI blockchain application for Responsible Sourcing and an Identity Bridge product, which provides identity resolution services among identity systems and multiple blockchains. With MIMOSI, we showcase how the highly modular Hyperledger Fabric can be implemented using a hybrid governance model, providing subscribers with the now-accustomed convenience of zero installation, while still using the Fabric’s distributed consensus mechanism correctly to ensure data consistency and to detect and prevent double spend. No blockchain outside the Hyperledger family would allow us as much flexibility around implementation governance,” said Dawn Jutla, CEO at Peer Ledger. “Hyperledger Fabric’s flexibility and its community of developers enabled our firm to produce this sophisticated blockchain-based SaaS for Responsible Sourcing in under two years. We are thrilled to join and to contribute further as a member of the Hyperledger community.”

Syncsort

“We see blockchain emerging as a next-generation platform with tremendous potential that can be enabled by data integration and data quality,” said Tendü Yoğurtçu, CTO, Syncsort. “Connecting blockchain to existing infrastructure and legacy platforms across the enterprise is consistent with Syncsort’s leadership in Big Iron to Big Data, making enterprise-wide data accessible to next generation platforms and applying it to pressing business use cases. We are excited to join Hyperledger and to identify areas where Syncsort can contribute to maturing the platform and making its benefits more achievable for our customers.”

Wanchain

“Wanchain is honored to join Hyperledger and become a part of this ecosystem to advance an open standard for distributed ledger technology,” said Jack Lu, Founder and CEO of Wanchain. “Wanchain is working to bridge blockchains and connect the world’s digital assets. We are excited to collaborate with member organizations and enterprises to further develop and advance the industry as a whole. The Wanchain team is looking forward to cooperating with such a diverse and global community of industry leaders and contributing our insights on cross-chain technologies.”

Join industry peers in helping build and shape the ecosystem for blockchain technologies, use cases and applications. More information on joining Hyperledger as a member organization can be found here: https://www.hyperledger.org/members/join.

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

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New Video Applications Will Represent Majority of Edge Traffic by 2020, Survey Finds

In an effort to identify early edge applications, we recently partnered with IHS Markit to interview  edge thought leaders representing major telcos, manufacturers, MSOs, equipment vendors and chip vendors that hail from open source, startups, and large corporations from all over the globe. The survey revealed that edge application deployments still young but they will require new innovation and investment requiring open source.

The research investigated not only which applications will run on the edge, but also deployment timing, revenue potential and existing and expected barriers and difficulties of deployment. Presented onsite at ONS Europe by IHS Markit analyst Michael Howard, the results represent an early look at where organizations are headed in their edge application journeys.

Key findings which were presented onstage at ONS Europe by IHS analyst Michael Howard, indicate:

Video and other big-bandwidth applications and connected things that move drive top services, expected revenue.

92 percent of respondents cite video (which includes 360 video and venue) as the top edge application, with even more deployments planned long-term; and video is expected to represent 82 percent of edge traffic by 2020. Autonomous vehicles, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Gaming follow video as top services driving edge applications.

Deployment timelines for Edge applications depend on cost and technology advancement.

Not surprisingly, early edge deployments will come as extensions to existing technology, such as IIOT, IOT, surveillance, gaming and smart cities. Longer-term deployments, however, will require additional technological innovation, inventions and/or widespread investments as even a single edge compute location is complex. To meet these requirements, ecosystems will need to collaboratively leverage open source and open standards among business partners to address many of these concerns.

Top barriers to edge application deployments include costs and technology

Given the current interest in edge, it’s not a surprise that many apps go into early deployment; however, most of these early deployments experience only limited or contained rollout. To get to full employment will take years and much investment in many areas including development of new software, and how to manage, monitor, operate and controls from hundreds to tens of thousands of edge locations.

In sum, the IHS research shows that while edge applications are top of mind among networking providers across sectors and there are already many edge applications in limited or contained deployments there is still much technological progress to be made before full deployments are seen. Still, interest is high and many organizations will be looking to initially justify deployments by cost savings, with plans for more revenue-generating applications taking the lead once edge compute is deployed. Technical advancements and organizational complexities need to be solved before edge applications can be deployed, with open source and open standards expected to play a strong role in collaborative efforts to accelerate deployments at the edge.

We look forward to participating in industry efforts to accelerate edge application development and deployments over time, helping to shape tomorrow’s networks and the way we consume information.  Additional details on this research study, via Michael Howard’s slide presentation, will be available in the coming weeks.

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LF Networking Unites End-to-End Open Network Stack, Simplifies Open Source Software Consumption

Open Source Networking Continues Cross-Community Harmonization with Verification Expansion, Global Tour, Industry partnerships and platform releases

AMSTERDAM – Open Networking Summit Europe September 25, 2018 —  LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects like ONAP and OPNFV, today announced continued ecosystem value chain disruption across its projects.

Collectively, LFN projects and communities are already easing deployment of open network technologies through strong collaboration between end users, developers, and vendors to deliver enhanced platform releases, forge new partnerships, and innovate on open networking technologies.   

“We are delighted to celebrate the growth and momentum of LFN and its key projects,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking at Linux Foundation. “The open networking stack is taking shape as LFN projects collaboratively enhance cross-community integration, ease deployments and bring cohesion to the ecosystem.  As we look ahead to next-gen network requirements, continuing to harmonize remains a top priority to further enable businesses across industries to maximize their open source deployments.”

Since its formation in January 2018, LFN has united vendors, operators, service providers, and users working towards the common goal of redefining how networks are created to deliver a new generation of services. LFN’s 100+ member organizations, which now enable close to 70 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers, represent all aspects of the networking industry working together across the entire network stack. The latest cross-project initiatives and milestones further enhance cross-stack integration to accelerate next-generation technologies.

Compliance and Verification Program Expansion

The growth and expansion of both breadth and depth of Compliance and Verification programs remains a key focus area. Launched earlier this year with a focus on infrastructure software at the NFVI/VIMlayer, the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP) issued its second test suite release that brings deeper and more extensive testing capabilities. The compliance program aimed at demonstrating readiness and availability of commercial NFV products has already verified products from Ericsson, Huawei, LG Uplus, Nokia, Wind River and ZTE.  Since launch, OVP has doubled the number of mandatory tests from 215 to 443 and calls for verified products to complete additional functional, security, high-availability and VNF interoperability-focused tests.

OPNFV and ONAP are also collaborating to extend the scope of the program to include VNF verification. With an initial focus on VNF packaging requirements and a vision to improve VNF on-boarding, ongoing-management, and performance, the VNF compliance program is expected to launch in early 2019. The program is also in process of scaling testing support through work on building a third-party lab ecosystem.

OSN Days

In collaboration with the global networking community, LFN will host another iteration of its Open Source Networking Days (OSN) beginning October 12. Hosted by open source networking ecosystem partners, the one-day events —occurring across APAC, China and North America —bring together a diverse lineup of expert speakers to explore the state of the industry; the projects that make up the open source networking stack, and the use cases enabled by network transformation. Find an OSN Days event near you and reserve your spot, visit here.

 

Project Deployments & Milestones

LFN’s projects continue their momentum with new platform releases and deployments:

 

  • FD.io: FD.io’s latest release, 18.07, brings benefits of an “open” hardware lab supported by a Continuous System Integration and Testing (CSIT) infrastructure into full display with testing available across both multi-vendor hardware targets and multi-generational hardware from a common vendor.

 

The FD.io community will host a Mini Summit at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America in Seattle, Monday, December 10. Community experts will share information about the projects, use cases, capabilities, how FD.io enables cloud native network functions, cross-community integration with Kubernetes and other open sources communities, tools and many more exciting topics. For more details or to submit a presentation, visit https://fd.io/event/fd-io-mini-summit-at-kubecon-cloudnativecon-seattle-wa/

 

  • OpenDaylight: OpenDaylight recently issued its latest release, Fluorine. Fluorine adds critical features for operationally-driven networking use cases, including cloud and edge computing, service function chaining, WAN connectivity, and application-level traffic optimization. Fluorine makes it easier for solution providers to deploy new use cases.

 

  • ONAP: The ONAP community will demonstrate advanced ONAP orchestration capabilities for cross-operator multilayer services, showcasing the new Cross Domain and Cross Layer VPN (CCVPN) use case for ONAP Casablanca onstage at ONS Europe and in the LFN booth. Member organizations China Mobile, Vodafone and Huawei have collaborated to to demonstrate interoperability with third-party SDN controllers and interworking across service providers.  

 

Development of ONAP’s third release, ONAP Casablanca, is underway with expected availability later this year.  

 

  • OPNFV: Further cementing integration between open source and open standards, OPNFV recently hosted its fifth OPNFV Plugfest alongside ETSI’s third Plugtest at ETSI’s headquarters in southern France. Bringing commercial vendors and open source community members together to perform end-to-end network service testing, integrating the OPNFV Fraser release, and  fostering joint collaboration between the OPNFV and ETSI NFV industry specification group (ISG) communities was the goal. Key outcomes ranged from joint MANO API testing, Open Source MANO (OSM) project integration, service function chaining (SFC) testing, and additional spec tests and benchmarks. Read the full results from the report here.

 

Development of OPNFV’s next release, OPNFV Gambia, is underway with expected availability later this year.

 

 

  • Tungsten Fabric: LFN’s newest project, Tungsten Fabric,  recently announced the launch of its new quick-start environmentCarbidehosted at Amazon Web Services (AWS). With Carbide, new users can now get started with a scalable, open source multi-cloud, multistack SDN networking platform in 15 minutes.

 

 

As LFN continues to expand, opportunities to engage with the global community are rapidly available. All interested in open source networking are invited to join the community at upcoming events, including OSN Days and KubeCon and CloudNativeCon,  December 10-13, 2018 in Seattle. To learn more about LFN’s event presence, please visit here.

 

About The Linux Foundation

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