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How Arm and SUSE Rancher Work Together to Accelerate Edge Computing

With the computing demands of cloud users multiplying by the second and IoT dominating conversation, edge computing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2021. From autonomous vehicles to cloud gaming to hospital patient monitoring, edge computing has a hand in virtually every industry—whether it be the automotive industry, the healthcare sector, or the corporate boardroom.

As edge management takes center stage, you may be wondering: How can edge computing keep up with the surging demands of cloud users?

Experts at Ranch Labs deliver open-source software, such as K3s lightweight Kubernetes, that allows organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes on any framework. Arm, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, is ideal for evolving the next generation of IoT and edge.

But how do Arm and SUSE Rancher work together to accelerate edge computing?

What are K3s?

K3s is Rancher Labs lightweight certified Kubernetes distribution specifically for use in production environments. Design elements of K3s allow them to run on any Linux OS. They also come pre-installed in a ready-to-use container operating system released by Rancher Labs. These operating systems specialize in OS for container orchestration.

How do K3s address edge constraints?

Existing in the edge are large quantities of resource-constrained devices. These devices produce far more data than can be realistically transferred over the wire. Without crossing over the wire, data cannot process in the cloud because of bandwidth constraints or issues with network connection, device upgrades, and response requirements.

The first way K3s addresses the issues is with remote device locations. Production-grade Kubernetes easily install and operate in remote areas, eliminating the usual Kubernetes installation and operational process.

K3s approaches the issue by transferring large amounts of bandwidth and tackling the problem before leaving the edge. K3s can compute right at the edge using the same levels of scalable and reliable capabilities as the cloud.

When it comes to edge devices, upgrading K3s is quickly adaptable. They can run containers at the current scales of an edge device and operate independently or by joining a cluster to eliminate downtime.

K3s can operate in 512MB of memory compared to the 8GB of a standard upstream Kubernetes, which helps users navigate compute resource limits by leaving nearly half the capacity for containers functioning in a single node cluster.

With K3s, limited or no network connection is not a problem. Kubernetes can fully operate in limited and closed networks. Edge clusters and containers can take advantage of local compute, only using external networks when available.

Why is Arm Ideal for Kubernetes and the Edge?

ARM is ideal for Kubernetes and the edge because experts predict more than one trillion intelligent connected devices by 2035. This prediction offers promising enhancements to the next generation of IoT and edge architecture.

Arm architecture is the basis of most IoT devices, providing valuable data analysis at edge and cloud locations. The Arm Cortex-A is the basis of a new class of IoT gateways. Arm architecture also supports infrastructure growth and cloud computing through Arm Neoverse and security through Arm Platform Security Architecture.

Wrap up

Arm and SUSE Rancher work together to accelerate edge computing by the compatibility rate of their products. K3s eliminates edge computing issues such as bandwidth constraints, network connectivity, device upgrades, and response requirements. Arm architecture encourages edge computing innovation with intelligent connected devices and platforms such as Arm Cortex-A and Arm Neoverse.

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