Enabling Edge and 5G Application Development

5G truly marks an inflection point—one that will deliver new services across a wide variety of industries. Learn how Intel is enabling service providers and developers to easily develop, deploy, and manage innovative 5G-powered applications that enable AI at the edge with the power of an open-source software toolkit.


We have been working closely with Intel from the very start for Edge computing.

The Edge is where the action is, in fact, the amount of data that's being created outside of the cloud or data center actually dwarves the amount inside. But all of this data that's being created needs to be converted into information and create positive outcomes.

5G is truly an inflection point in the industry. It's where communications and computes truly converge. And if you think about 5G, it's about not only delivering enhanced mobile broadband, it's about delivering services across a wide variety of industries. From a software standpoint, OpenNESS is one of our key initiatives in this space, giving service providers and developers an open source software toolkit to develop, deploy, and manage all sorts of applications. We're innovating with many different open source communities to ensure that there's robust software that's open and standard but also promotes greater levels of innovation in the industry.

We have been working together with Intel on OpenNESS in a video analytics project to create the blueprint for how this could work.

OpenNESS not only provides lightweight traffic steering capability for Signa platform, it also greatly enriched Sigma ecosystem by introducing Intel ecosystem to China Mobile.

When you're building an ecosystem like this, you usually need a strong player in the center of the ecosystem. Traditionally Intel has played this very strong role in creating the ecosystems.

We recently announced our Converged Edge Reference Architecture, or CERA for short. CERA includes OpenNESS to easily onboard and authenticate applications. It also includes OpenVINO that delivers the right compute vision to support all sorts of edge inferencing applications.

CERA unifies and converges both IoT capability with AI at the edge, along with a wireless network infrastructure to simplify application convergence at the edge. It's really a blueprint for a plug and play platform. This flexibility makes it a platform of choice for a multitude of applications in the smart cities and transportation sector.

We have been closely collaborating with the Intel on the 4G, 5G, multi-access Edge computing and adopt Intel Converged Edge Reference Architecture to develop our products.

QNAP has been developing the QuCPE solution. At the R and D stage, the OpenNESS reference architecture serves as a guidance and some of its microservices are implemented.

Until now, the challenge and burden of technology choice and integration has fallen upon the end customer, and what we're trying to do there is be able to bring together a solution that has been prebuilt, pretested, and really break down a lot of the funding constraints that may exist, particularly in areas like smart cities.

Intel's partnering with the industry to roll out edge solutions today across multiple locations in the edge, and including customer prem. There's great excitement, of course, around 5G, and 5G is going to come, and it's going to make the edge a truly fantastic place to deploy all sorts of solutions and services. All in the names of better managing traffic, delivering the right TCO, as well as enabling our customers to dial in the right qualitive experiences for their customers.