Welcome!

IoT Expo Authors: Esmeralda Swartz, Kevin Benedict, Roger Strukhoff, Elizabeth White, Jayaram Krishnaswamy

News Feed Item

NTT Announces "Edge-computing" Concept and "Edge-accelerated Webplatform" Prototype to Improve Response Time of Cloud Applications

TOKYO, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT; TSE: 9432, NYSE: NTT) revealed on February 4 the "Edge-computing" concept which can reduce the cloud application response time by factor of 100 at most, and demonstrated its first research outcome, the "Edge-accelerated Web platform" prototype. The research and development effort leading up to the announcement has been carried out as a part of the company's strategic plan, "Accelerating Innovation and Collaboration for the Next Stage" (*1) , and is expected to open up a new era of applications for "Smart Life and Smart Work".

(Image; figure 1: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201402037996/)

Although cloud services and their use by devices such as smartphones have become quite the norm today, they are increasingly and inevitably facing the problems of poor scalability and slow response time due to their dependence on sole remote servers that may be located far away, possibly across an ocean and on the other side of the planet. Because of the finite speed of light, it takes several hundred milliseconds to interact over the Pacific Ocean, for example. These problems hinder the most promising applications to be widely deployed, such as intelligent transport control systems (ITS) and games that necessitate real-time response time, and the M2M services that will impose huge data traffic loads on the data center.

The edge computing platform solves the problems by the simple idea of locating small servers called edges-servers in the vicinity of the users and devices and passing to the servers some of the load of center servers and/or user's devices. The following benefits are expected.

  • Executes real-time applications that require high-speed response at the nearer edge-servers which will satisfy the severe real-time requirement. The communication delay is shortened to a few milliseconds, not a several hundred milliseconds.
  • Locally confines regional data processing of M2M/big data applications that incur large data traffic to edge-servers, and reduces network bandwidth.
  • Offloads some of the computation intensive processing on the user's device to edge servers and makes application processing less dependent on the device's capability. It is possible to run applications faster and improve the user's experience.

As a result, the edge-computing platform makes it possible to implement new and attractive applications that require real-time responses along with regional M2M/big data transactions.

(Image; figure 2: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201402037996/)

Typical applications that have the former requirement include ITS or AR and those that have the latter requirement include smart buildings/houses and city management.

(Image; figure 3: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201402037996/)

Through the spread of the edge computing platform, we will accelerate collaboration with ICT partners and aim at activating the market for new applications.

As the first instance that realizes the edge-computing concept, we have developed the "edge-accelerated Web platform (EAWP)"; it enables Web applications to run on edge severs. EAWP is a Web application execution framework that takes full advantage of the features of the edge computing. This platform relieves the user's device from having to process the entire Web application by distributing processing loads to the edge server close to the users and devices. In consideration of the background that Web applications and their developers are rapidly increasing, our development of this platform allows Edge-computing developers to use HTML standards to develop high performance applications.

The following are the key features of EAWP

(Image; figure 4: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201402037996/ )

  • The loads of heavy web application processes such as Web content evaluation and rendering are split and distributed among edge-servers and the user's device. This distribution yields high-speed Web applications whose performance is made less dependent on the capability of the user's device.
  • The distribution method and data transfer method are optimized according to the user's environment, such as device capability and the networking environment, such as fixed or mobile. For example, the processing of objects, such as images and sounds, are dynamically allocated to devices or edge-servers to suit the user's environment, and resolution and frame rate are controlled to suit the networking environment.
  • EAWP provides an execution environment equivalent to other Web engines that conform to HTML standards. Therefore, existing Web applications can be run in this distributed Web-based platform without being rewritten.

We will aim at business development from 2014 in Japan toward the realization of our vision. In addition, we will explore new applications, and extend the edge-computing platform. In parallel, we will establish the edge-computing market at the global level by forming alliances with network carriers, content providers, cloud business, etc.

Our future activity is shown in http://labolib3.aecl.ntt.co.jp/cec_en/index.html.

About Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation:
Headquarter: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
President & CEO: Hiroo Unoura,

Contact:
Shigemi Mori
PR Section
NTT Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
Tel: +81-46-240-5157
e-mail: a-info@lab.ntt.co.jp

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business’s digital initiatives.
Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees’ web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it’s time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Courtney Behrens, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International, will discuss how issues that had previously been out of your control, like performance, advanced administration and compliance, can now be put back behind your firewall.
Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there’s a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today’s service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. But cloud providers that plan to not only exist tomorrow – but to lead – know that security must be the top priority for the cloud and are delivering it now. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at FireHost, will detail why and how you can have both infrastructure performance and enterprise-grade security – and what tomorrow's cloud provider will look like.
The social media expansion has shown just how people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users’ interface. A revolution that began from inventing and designing our very own infrastructure: we have created the first server network powered solely by ARM CPU. The microservers have “organism-like” features, differentiating them from any of the current technologies. Benefits include low consumption of energy, making Cynny the ecologically friendly alternative for storage as well as cheaper infrastructure, lower running costs, etc.
The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (ex. POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. Put simply, today's server model is built on a consistent x86 platform with few surprises in its core components. A kernel abstracts away the platform, so that applications and daemons are decoupled from the hardware. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. Switching between different vendor'...
Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization’s data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Daniel Jacobson, Technology Manager at BUMI, will outline the key factors including backup configurations, proactive monitoring, data restoration, disaster recovery drills, security, compliance and data center resources. Aside from the technical considerations, the secret sauce in identifying the best vendor is the level of focus, expertise and specialization of their engineering team and support group, and how they monitor your day-to-day backups, provide recommendations, and guide you through restores when necessary.
Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful Internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast – it’s best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In his interactive, no-holds-barred session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, will dive into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure.
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver on new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for application developers and slow performance for end users. Further, as data sizes grow into the Big Data realm, this problem is exacerbated and becomes even more difficult to address. A seemingly simple schema change can take hours (or more) to perform, and as requirements evolve the disconnect between existing data structures and actual needs diverge.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SherWeb, a long-time leading provider of cloud services and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. A worldwide hosted services leader ranking in the prestigious North American Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM, and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, SherWeb provides competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world. Founded in 1998, SherWeb is a privately owned company headquartered in Quebec, Canada. Its service portfolio includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics CRM and more.
The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud. They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company’s Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For.
Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyper-connected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. Organizations face great risk from increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to render web properties unavailable, and steal intellectual property or personally identifiable information. Layered security best practices extend security beyond the data center, delivering DDoS protection and maintaining site performance in the face of fast-changing threats.
From data center to cloud to the network. In his session at 3rd SDDC Expo, Raul Martynek, CEO of Net Access, will identify the challenges facing both data center providers and enterprise IT as they relate to cross-platform automation. He will then provide insight into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. Topics covered include: High-density data center design Network (and SDN) integration and automation Cloud (and hosting) infrastructure considerations Monitoring and security Management approaches Self-service and automation
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, David Holmes, Vice President at OutSystems, will demonstrate the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. Attendees will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before their eyes – on their own devices. David Holmes brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, he was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, he was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 14th Cloud Expo, Marc Jones, Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer, will explain how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.