Ann Arbor’s Red Hat Announces Edge Computing Innovation and Lockheed Martin Partnership
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open-source solutions with an office in Ann Arbor, collaborated to advance artificial intelligence (AI) innovation on edge on Lockheed Martin military platforms at CubeCon and CloudNativeCon in Detroit from October 11-15 declare. ,
Adoption of the newly announced Red Hat device Edge (see related news below) will enable Lockheed Martin to support US national security missions by implementing and standardizing AI technologies in geographically constrained environments.
With Red Hat Device Edge, companies are equipping US military platforms, such as the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), with advanced software that was previously too large and complex for these systems. This advanced software enables smaller platforms to handle larger AI workloads, increasing their capacity in the field, and driving faster, data-driven decision making.
In a recent demonstration, Lockheed Martin used the Red Hat device Edge on the Stalker UAS to demonstrate how AI-enhanced sensing can advance combined all-domain operation. The stalker used onboard sensors and AI to adapt to the threat environment in real time.
The stalker was flying an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission to locate a simulated military target. Once the Stalker had located the target emitter, project engineers used Red Hat Device Edge to update the Stalker’s software during flight.
The new software – now managed on the platform by Red Hat Device Edge – enables Stalker to deploy updated AI-based computer vision capabilities, also known as automatic target detection capabilities. As a result, the stalker was able to classify military targets, provide more useful ISR data, and increase situational awareness of the threat environment more accurately.
Lockheed Martin, Red Hat and other industry partners are enhancing 5G.MIL capabilities with RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) functionality using Red Hat OpenShift, the industry-leading Kubernetes platform, to deliver flexible communications for the US Department of Defense.
Lockheed Martin is a major contributor to the MicroShift project, collaborating to help build the project’s edge capabilities for remote and inhospitable environments. As part of Lockheed Martin’s 21st century security vision to leverage the best commercial technologies for the defense industry, the company plans to use Red Hat devices Edge and Edge Kubernetes capabilities for a wide range of applications across all domains. To continue to innovate: land, sea, air, space and cyber.
In related news, Red Hat introduced Red Hat Device Edge, a solution to flexibly deploy traditional or containerized workloads on smaller devices such as robots, IoT gateways, points of sale, public transportation, and more.
“Innovation on the edge has presented new benefits and use cases for organizations across all industries – but it has also created new challenges,” says Francis Chow, vice president and general manager of in-vehicle operating systems and Edge at Red Hat.
“Working with our customers and partners, Red Hat embarked on a journey to develop a new technology offering – designed specifically for the edge – to expand our hybrid cloud solutions so that our ecosystem is reliable. Leverage intelligence with open-source technology. Their smallest footprint to tackle remote edge use cases. Tested in the community, now manufactured by Red Hat, Red Hat devices with the benefits promised by edge computing A major next step in utilizing the full range of
Red Hat Devices Edge provides an enterprise-ready and supported distribution of Red Hat-led open source community project MicroShift, a lightweight Kubernetes orchestration solution built from Red Hat OpenShift’s Edge capabilities, with an edge-optimized operating system built from Red . Hat Enterprise Linux.
This latest product in the Red Hat Edge portfolio aims to provide a future-proof platform that allows the architecture of organizations to evolve as their workload strategy changes. As more and more companies deploy edge computing in a wide range of use cases, many new questions, operational requirements and business challenges are bound to arise.
In industries like automotive, manufacturing etc., organizations are against various environment, safety. And operational challenges require the ability to work with smaller form-factor edge devices in these resource-scarce environments. Ultimately, different devices have different requirements in terms of computing power, software compatibility, and security footprint.
Kubernetes built for edge deployment enables IT teams to utilize familiar Kubernetes features in a smaller, lighter-weight footprint, a new, smaller, lighter-weight footprint offered by Microshift. It lowers the barrier of entry for teams building cloud-native applications for edge computing environments and enables them to harness existing Kubernetes skills to enable operations across the entirety of the hybrid cloud, from datacenters to public clouds. to achieve greater stability.
Built from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the edge-optimized Linux OS is built for small edge devices with intelligent updates that use minimal bandwidth. It helps organizations address the challenges of intermittent connectivity while minimizing the impact on edge innovation.
IT teams can use updates with zero-touch provisioning, system health visibility, and automatic rollbacks to maintain a strong edge management and application security posture.
Red Hat Device Edge was created to help Red Hat customers and partners tackle their most challenging Edge environments. For example, Lockheed Martin is collaborating with Red Hat in the MicroShift project community and is also working to deploy the Red Hat Device Edge to support its application delivery and AI workloads in wildland fire management, competitive military environments and space. Including to be modernized and standardized in extreme situations.
Additionally, ABB plans to use Red Hat Device Edge to optimize ABB capability on resource constrained devices. EdGenius is a comprehensive cutting edge platform for industrial software applications.
Red Hat Device Edge will be targeted at organizations that require small factor edge devices with support for bare metal, virtualized or containerized applications, regardless of industry. Additional use cases include, but are not limited to:
- Small, connected nodes on public transport where edge equipment is often in motion but still requires rapid processing via AI/ML to analyze data locally in real time.
- Resilient resource nodes in challenging locations such as weather monitoring stations, where despite the harsh, difficult-to-support environment, an edge device will still be able to take care of itself with the ability to perform automatic software rollback, maintaining a robust security sensitive Better implement and implement data controls.
- Emerging edge-limited scenarios where thousands of edge devices are running applications in locations that make weight, temperature and connectivity all major concerns.
Red Hat Device Edge meets organizations anywhere in its edge computing journey today, as it will run a variety of workloads using Podman for Edge container management or Microshift for the Kubernetes API. Customers will also be able to use legacy Windows applications within the virtual machine.
Red Hat Device Edge is slated as a developer preview for early next year, and is generally expected to be available with full support later in 2023.