Edge and IIoT cloud stack: StarlingX 7.0 with Debian and better scalability

Edge and IIoT cloud stack: StarlingX 7.0 with Debian and better scalability

  1. Edge and IIoT cloud stack: StarlingX 7.0 with Debian and better scalability

The open source community behind StarlingX has released version 7.0 of the cloud software stack under the Apache 2 license. The project combines Ceph, OpenStack and Kubernetes, among others. They also point out that the platform is particularly well suited for low-latency, high-performance applications.

The developer community has been able to work on some major changes to the platform during the last release cycle, as well as making improvements to existing features, according to a blog post. One of the changes that will span multiple releases is support for the Debian operating system. The Starlink X development team already started the migration to Debian in the previous version 6.0, which was released in February 2022.

The StarlingX platform is based on a number of open source programs such as Ceph, OpenStack and Kubernetes. Debian Linux is essentially new (image: StarlingX).

The community chose Debian because it is a stable, open-source Linux distribution with long-term maintenance. They also justified this step with the various uncertainties that Red Hat had triggered around CentOS, which was used in the cloud stack up to version 6.0.

This is the first version in which the Debian operating system is available. The developers also emphasize that there are still some restrictions for this reason. Also, unlike Debian, the project uses the Yocto 5.10 kernel to provide a real-time kernel.

The StarlinkX team emphasizes that the platform is increasingly being used in the telecommunications and manufacturing industries, among others. In this environment, real-time communication is always an important requirement. The platform has supported the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) since version 3.0. PTP is used to synchronize clocks on computer networks and can achieve sub-microsecond accuracy on a local area network. This accuracy is required, among other things, when synchronizing financial transactions or mobile phone transmissions.

In order to take full advantage of this functionality, the community has added new features to make it easier to fine-tune PTP to the specific needs of applications. The platform now has version 3.1.1 of the base package linuxptp, which should enable new functions and much more fine-grained configuration. Furthermore, the community has also started configuring NICs that support Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) to enhance the platform for 5G use cases.

The other addition is support for installing locally from edge sites. Developers can now install an Edge site locally. The installation software is pre-installed on a separate hard drive partition, so that the often tedious data transfers can be omitted. This method can also be used to upgrade the site. The community has also increased the efficiency of Distributed Cloud by increasing the number of parallel operations that can be performed. In addition, to increase the number of edge sites that can be managed efficiently, the StarlingX team also improved the scalability of the platform.

For a complete list of updates and new features in StarlingX 7.0, those interested can refer to the release notes and project documentation. On the StarlingX website, developers can get more information about the project, view the code, or download the latest image to try out the new features.


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