By now, there is broad awareness around the anticipated convergence of IT and OT domains across enterprises. To capture the value of IoT, organizations are re-evaluating solution strategies, by expanding their supplier base to include providers with software, system integration and end-to-end data management capabilities.
To support this industry-wide convergence, OEMs, MNOs, CSPs and others are providing feature-rich IoT platforms with (a) network visibility and control (b) device, connectivity and data management and (c) hybrid cloud service capabilities. Nevertheless, significant hurdles exist in deploying these solutions seamlessly today. According to McKinsey’s Digital Manufacturing Global Expert Survey focused on Industry 4.0, IoT is expected to unlock up to $3.7 trillion in value for factories by 2025, but 70% of pilot projects fail to achieve deployment at scale. A vast and diverse device and edge gateway landscape coupled with complex, proprietary software solutions is slowing the rate of adoption.
With 1 trillion devices predicted to come online by 2035, generating ten times that many data streams, the world of devices and data will remain massively heterogeneous. Within the OT domain, professionals are more adept at interacting with industrial and enterprise control systems with embedded computing models. Cloud-native best practices utilizing containerized micro-services based deployment models increasingly define the developer experience within the IT world.
The need to have these disparate, connected system domains seamlessly exchange value across IP networks, has given rise to feature-rich IoT platform solutions such as Arm Pelion, Azure IoT Edge, VMware Pulse IoT Center, AWS IoT Core, Cisco Kinetic, PTC ThingWorkx, and numerous others. However, significant challenges exist, as the device world hands data over to a diverse edge gateway ecosystem now required to filter, react, interact with the cloud, make decisions, and meet SLAs. The challenge then becomes one of extracting value securely and consistently, from these converging systems.
With a leading share of the end point universe, the expansive Arm partner ecosystem is expected to retain strong visibility into origin points of raw and useful data. This uniquely positions Arm technology with unparalleled access to data flows, as it gets transformed into actionable business insights across various aggregation points from edge gateways to the cloud. There is a clear need to make this progression seamless, while allowing innovation to thrive within the silicon and application ecosystems.
To ensure a cloud-native experience across a diverse and secure edge ecosystem, we are announcing Project Cassini, an initiative in partnership with our ecosystem, that recognizes ongoing efforts and augments it with a road map of contributions from Arm, as well as the value chain. Project Cassini will develop platform standards and reference systems that establish a cloud-native software experience for a secure infrastructure edge.
Arm has published a vision for security for the Edge, which starts by extending PSA from constrained devices to rich IoT devices and to the Infrastructure Edge. This will be augmented with a Software Abstraction Layer for security services, which we have collaborated with Docker on, backed by open source reference implementations.
To bring a level of standardization to increasingly capable gateways, Arm will collaborate with silicon partners and ODMs on reference systems. To enable a uniform boot experience based on specifications, EBBR / SBBR or other emerging guidelines would be leveraged as applicable to the class of gateway. The evolving need for remote system management capability for dispersed edge deployments at scale constitutes another area of collaborative development. In addition, Arm will provide a comprehensive architecture, reference compute system and software solution to act as blueprints for IoT and infrastructure gateways.
Software efforts will focus on continued investments in Open Source, and partnerships with ISVs to roll out native, optimized support for the Arm architecture across all elements of the AI Edge technology stack. Recent announcements from the wider ecosystem such as VMware ESXi on Arm, NVIDIA CUDA, Rancher K3s, and others make industry-leading technology platforms available for the Infrastructure Edge.
To unlock the value of IoT, Arm is committed to investing in and working with the ecosystem on developing platform standards and reference systems, to enable deployment of cloud-native software stacks at the Infrastructure Edge, with Project Cassini. We invite our partners for closer collaboration in these areas, and to work together to create, enhance and bring differentiated solutions to market.
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“The workloads of tomorrow need highly efficient compute platforms in order to scale from the very highest performance in cloud data centers out to low power compute at the edge, all while delivering predictable and low latency performance. Ampere is delivering an edge-architected eMAG platform for OCP openEDGE with portability across edge and cloud, which aligns with Arm’s Project Cassini and its infrastructure gateway ecosystem. We look forward to continued innovation and collaboration with the Arm ecosystem to address the evolving edge requirements of our customers.” - Jeff Wittich, Senior Vice President, Products, Ampere
"Docker is excited to be working with Arm on multiple initiatives as part of Project Cassini; from accelerating application development with cloud native best practices to enabling portable, multi-tenant secure root of trust access in Docker platform." - David Messina, EVP Alliances, Docker
“JFrog Artifactory Edge provides a secure way of distributing software to a runtime including Arm based edge platforms. These joint efforts will result in driving real edge computing use cases.” - Kit Merker, VP Business Development, JFrog
“5G networks will drive an enormous increase of devices at the edge of the network to handle both the higher throughput and coverage requirements, and the escalation of computing resources needed for data intensive edge applications. Marvell provides a wide range of silicon solutions for a plethora of edge computing platforms from IOT, Cloud RAN and Mobile Edge Computing including baseband and networking SOCs and Server CPUs, based on industry standard Arm ISA, and Switches and Physical Layer Devices. We support Arm’s Project Cassini Initiative to provide a unified software ecosystem and drive a consistent and secure user experience for edge platforms. This will accelerate the time to market for our OEM and Operator customers. As a leading silicon solution provider for edge networks, we are excited to partner with Arm in this initiative.” - Raj Singh, EVP and GM Processor Business Group, Marvell Semiconductor (Inc)
“Project Cassini addresses many Industry 4.0, edge computing, and IoT challenges. Standard approaches for security, firmware, software, and communications help unlock the value of the IoT and reduce costs by converging IT and OT. NXP is pleased to contribute to the Project Cassini ecosystem its portfolio of processors supporting virtualization, containers, and hardware-based platform trust.” - Tareq Bustami, Senior Vice President, NXP Semiconductors
“Rancher Labs & Arm are collaborating to bring secure and cloud-native experiences to the heterogenous edge with k3s, a lightweight certified Kubernetes distribution, running on Arm platforms. Project Cassini is a natural extension of these ongoing efforts and an opportunity to continue to work toward a shared vision” - Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs
"At Red Hat, we feel that true, usable innovation is powered by open collaboration around industry-accepted common standards - this has been true from the early days of the Linux kernel, and it's still true today with Linux containers, Kubernetes and edge computing. To help drive standardization of edge computing around common specifications and practices, we're pleased to work with Arm and its ecosystem partners to build a stable set of specifications to drive the next wave of innovation at the edge." - Jon Masters, Chief Arm Architect, Red Hat
“We are delighted to be a part of the Project Cassini ecosystem and work with industry-leading Arm. No matter how fast the network gets, we will always have more data at the edge than we can possibly move to the cloud. RedisEdge fills a critical need in the expanding IoT ecosystem by enabling complex event detection and processing within any edge environment. Being able to both store and process this increasingly critical data in real time will unlock the promise of Industry 4.0.” - Joshua McKenty, Field CTO, Redis Labs
"SECO is specialized in Arm-based SBCs and modules. We mainly employ our exclusive Edgehog Device Management and Arm EDGE gateways for Industrial IoT applications. Project Cassini is going to be a key player in further upgrading our high-security standards." - Maurizio Caporali, CTO - IoT BU, SECO
“Toradex simplifies development and operational maintenance (DevOps) of edge devices with Torizon, a new industrial Linux Platform, fully integrated with Toradex's ready-to-use System-on-Modules. We look forward to an even closer collaboration with Arm to streamline secure development and deployment for applications on edge.” - Brandon Shibley, CTO, Toradex
“VMware’s efforts with ESXi on 64-bit Arm platforms have been focused on cloud-hosted virtualized Arm and edge use cases such as consolidation and isolation (for example, SD-WAN, IoT gateway, and local applications), and resiliency, providing high availability and/or fault tolerance for Arm-based applications at the edge. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with Arm and the ecosystem on driving new technologies and requirements that accelerate our customers’ ability to innovate at the edge.” - Chris Wolf, VP & CTO, Global Field & Industry, VMware