Edge/fog virtual server platform targets IoT and Industry 4.0

October 26, 2017 //By Julien Happich
Congatec has put together a robust, fanless virtualized edge server platform operating in an extended temperature range.

Supporting redundancy as well as real-time collaboration, the platform consists of COM Express Type 7 modules with Intel Atom processors (codename Denverton) and a real-time hypervisor from Real-Time Systems. The aim of this edge/fog server demo installation is to highlight the advantages of function virtualization and software defined services for IoT and Industry 4.0 connected rugged embedded server systems.

OEMs benefit from application-ready, virtualized, fanless embedded server platforms with up to 16 cores, giving them the ability to provide highly flexible real-time capable carrier-grade edge services as well as all kinds of shop floor based Industry 4.0 and M2M/IoT services. In addition, dedicated infrastructure components such as firewalls, load balancers and routing systems can be standardized with software-based solutions and consolidated on the fog servers themselves.

The virtualized Server-on-Module platforms support redundant edge/fog server configurations that are connected via redundant 10 GbE interfaces, and can be used to install and manage any number of applications and services. There are also redundant core configurations for real-time support of machine controllers in which the individual cores and device resources can be prioritized or assigned exclusively. Thanks to the hardware independence of virtualized platforms, it is possible to develop multi-tenant nodes for faster implementation of heterogeneous machines, systems and sensor networks in Industry 4.0 environments, making these virtualized, real-time installations more agile, flexible and scalable.