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LightKone - Lightweight Computation for Networks at the Edge

  • Research and Innovation
  • European
  • Edge
Last updated: 2021-10-20 12:29

Strategic Goals

Internet applications are increasingly running on edge networks, to reduce latency, increase scalability, resilience, and security, and permit local decision making. However, today’s state of the art, the gossip and peer-to-peer models, give no solution for defining general-purpose computations on edge networks, i.e., computation with shared mutable state.

Solutions Developed / Used

The goal of LightKone is to develop a scientifically sound and industrially validated model for doing general-purpose computation on edge networks.

Description

Start Date 01/01/2017
End Date 31/12/2019
Project Focus
  • Operator
Geographical Scope
  • European
Keywords
  • Edge
Cloud Delivery Model
  • SaaS
Project Life-Cycle Stage
  • Research and Innovation
Industry
  • Information and Communication
Specific Domains Targeted
  • Science and Research
Technology
  • Edge Computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Stakeholders


    Academic/Research Organisations
  • Portugal
    INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA (Portugal)
  • France
    INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE (France)
  • Portugal
    NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT (Portugal)
  • France
    SORBONNE UNIVERSITE (France)
  • Germany
    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN (Germany)
  • Spain
    UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA (Spain)
  • Belgium
    UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN (Belgium)
  • France
    UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6 (France)
  • Industry
  • Germany
    DIPL. PHYS. PEER STRITZINGER GMBH (Germany)
  • Netherlands
    GLUK ADVICE BV (Netherlands)
  • France
    SCALITY (France)


EU Contribution
  • €3,570,993.75
Overall Budget
  • €3,570,993.75

⭐ Good Practice Description

The goal of LightKone was ‘to develop a scientifically sound and industrially validated model for doing general-purpose computation on edge networks.’ LightKone approached this objective by rejecting the idea that data collected at the edge should be transported to a central cloud to continue storage and processing and instead worked to create a robust architecture for independent edge networks.

Success Factors

Business Success

LightKone’s solution for Peer Stritzinger, a German industrial IoT company, has seen growing adoption. This solution motivated the development of a lightweight edge-computing device (GRiSP), which is now reaching quantity production. Moreover, the LightKone programming model is being commercialised by Paris-based start-up Concordant.

Technology Innovation

A key component of this architecture is the ‘conflict-free replicated data type’ (CRDT), which allows particular pieces of data to exist in multiple places across a network, and for the copies of that data to remain consistent without centralised synchronisation or continuous communication.

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