AWS-VMware Partnership Extending to Edge AI Project

Longtime collaborators Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware are working on a project that would essentially rebuild the internet.

Specifically, the two companies are joining the Open Grid Alliance (OGA) along with other tech players to make the notion of "distributed edge AI networking" a reality. The OGA was formed in 2021 by VMware and Vapor IO with a mission to define and accelerate what they called the Open Grid, or basically rearchitect the internet for next-gen applications on a global scale. 

"Globally distributed, the Grid weaves together a public and private fabric of compute, data and intelligence to enable contextually aware, immersive applications at the edge, on demand," the group says.

This week, the OGA  announced an effort with AWS, VMware and Deutsche Telekom for a proof-of-concept (PoC) described as a globally distributed enterprise network that demonstrates OGA ecosystem collaboration.

The network combines Deutsche Telekom's connectivity services with AWS services and infrastructure, VMware's multicloud telco platform, OGA grid nodes, and network function ISVs. It spans multiple campus locations in Prague, Seattle and Bonn, serving to highlight a use case of AI-supported Video-as-a-Service, which leverages real-time resource allocation and distributed AI and centralized analytics.

The Open Grid Manifesto sums up the effort:

Most of what we consume on the internet today originates in a handful of massive data centers located, often, where land and power have been cheap. The applications housed in these data centers rely first on public and private backbones, and then the last mile networks, to carry their logic and data to the fringes, to the edge, where most of us exist and where they can deliver value.

This is the internet we have today. It evolved from the core out, growing naturally like a tree, spawning new limbs as its trunk got thicker and its branches reached farther.

Today, all the innovation is happening at the edge. We are moving from an era of humans talking to machines at the core into an era of machines talking to machines at the edge. We need a next-generation internet, built from the edge in.

The need for a rearchitected internet, the OGA's site says, arose because the internet backbone doesn't extend to the edge and was also built for availability and not for performance, thus the project and its PoC emphasize resource-intensive workloads like video-based applications. Along with new applications demanding too much power, a scarcity of edge interconnects forces data to take inefficient routes and furthers the case for an Open Grid.

Thus the grid:

  • Integrates highly-distributed, multicloud compute and storage substrates.
  • Enables fungible resources to automate intent-based delivery of unique use cases, on demand.
  • Provides real-time telemetry for autonomous operations, predictive modeling and rapid decision-making.
  • Spans the entire stack from hardware to software -- including virtualization, orchestration, automation and application layers.
  • Delivers highly secure, deterministic and self-optimizing capabilities.
  • Creates a universal control plane to deploy services across the globe with precision and reliability.

And, as with all things in IT these days, the OGA played heavily on that AI angle. "Designed with advanced AI-based applications in mind, this network optimization enables real-time resource allocation for use cases like video analytics, autonomous vehicles, and robotics," the group said.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.


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