“ETSI MEC Creates Its First Working Group”

(John Qi Dong, Chia-Han Yang, SDX Central, 14 February 2019)

"“MEC will enable operators and vendors to provide cloud computing as well as an IT service environment at the edge of the network, which is characterized by low latency and high bandwidth”."

The ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) group created its first working group --Decode-- to focus on the implementation and deployment of MEC-based systems, using standardized application programing interfaces (APIs). The groups was led by Walter Featherstone. It leveraged the MEC-defined framework and its services. ETSI formed the MEC industry specification group (ISG). It set out to create a standardized, open environment for the integration of applications across multi-vendor MEC platforms. Decode accelerated market adoption of the MEC application enablement framework and service APIs that were created by ISG. Activities: a) open source components for the validation of MEC use cases or system entities; b) MEC systems using cloud application design, orchestration and automation, security and reliability advances; c) enable operator adoption and interoperability; d) Open API-compliant MEC API descriptions on ETSI’s GitLab site. Developing use cases. 1) ISG implementations using its proof of concept (PoC) framework. 2) Alex Reznik chair of ISG: “The enterprise is the biggest immediate application space with IoT applications, gaming, and AR/VR”. 3) W. Featherstone: “Providing to enabling the ultra-low latency, ultra-reliable use cases targeted by 5G and an item that is targeted at a vehicular-to-everything MEC service to provide safety, convenience, advanced driving assistance, and vulnerable road user alerts”. The emergence of Edge Groups: a) Vapor IO launched the Kinetic Edge Alliance; b) Linus Foundation launched LF Edge.

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