Altran, an engineering and R&D services and company, part of the Capgemini Group, recently announced that it has enhanced its ENSCONCE edge computing platform to integrate Intel’s Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS). The platform is designed with multiple capabilities, accelerators and frameworks for rapid development of multi-access edge computing (MEC) solutions, according tot he release. As a result of the integration, the company said infrastructure resources will be able to increase computing and I/O performance and reduce network latency.
The platform reportedly can reside on micro data centers close to the access network, aggregation points, regional data centers and central offices, reducing the barrier for application developers to host their edge applications. The platform offers several features for developers, including low-latency edge application development through software development kits (SDKs). The SDK provides edge applications on demand, discovers edge deployments, orchestrates applications across operator networks, and monitors and manages applications throughout the lifecycle.
“Our MEC platform is focused on developer experience and will incorporate relevant application programming interfaces for application developers in both their SDKs and for developer-facing services,” said Pascal Brier, EVP, Strategy, Technology and Innovation, Altran. “By integrating Intel technology and toolkits including OpenNESS and OpenVINO into our platform, we will significantly amplify our edge computing solution and strengthen the offering for application developers and operators.”
With OpenVINO, applications on the ENSCONCE platform can execute low-latency inferencing on a variety of AI accelerators, including Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Movidius Vision Processing Units (VPUs), Intel Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and neural accelerators, the company said. It also provides a library of optimized inferencing models for computer vision and other domains.
“There is a growing need for edge platforms that provide a seamless developer experience and can be implemented across a variety of use cases,” said Renu Navale, VP, Data Platforms Group and GM, Edge Computing & Ecosystem Enabling, Intel. “The collaboration with Altran to integrate various modules from the OpenNESS toolkit along with other Intel technology components such as the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit will result in a compelling edge platform that is developer friendly and accelerates ecosystem innovations.”
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