What’s next: A glimpse of the future

by | Feb 23, 2021 | Edge Computing

Red Hat Next! Online Edition will be held on February 25th, 2021, from 10:00am US Central time to 12:30 US Central time, Registration is open.

William Gibson wrote “the future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” For software companies like Red Hat, our work in open source communities represents an opportunity to see what will be important to our customers in the future, to field-test proposed solutions to common problems, and to identify technology trends that may shift the enterprise computing landscape. Part sandbox, part trial balloon, and part market research, our engagement in open source community projects informs the future direction of the company, and can give hints as to what is coming soon in our products.

Red Hat Next! is a new type of event – an opportunity to get a cross-section of where engineering leaders in Red Hat see the industry going, how those changes may be beneficial to customers in the future, and the work that we are doing in open source communities to help bring these trends to the market. While the event started in late 2019 as an in-person event, we have pivoted, along with much of the world, to a virtual event for this iteration, bringing you a series of short presentations on future innovations in cloud infrastructure, management, and application development for distributed computing environments.

For this edition, our theme is edge computing: managing applications and infrastructure at scale, the challenges of developing distributed applications for IOT, and the ways that applications like 5G and autonomous driving add demands beyond what has been possible in the past. The event is in two parts: one hour of live keynote presentations featuring Chris Wright, CTO of Red Hat; Nick Barcet,  Senior Director of Technology Strategy; Robyn Bergeron, Sr. Principal Community Architect; and Burr Sutter, Director of Developer Experience. Between them, they will touch on the broader industry trends driving the move to Edge, and some of the ways that we are mobilizing to address them.

We will follow this up with a series of targeted presentations on each of the themes of infrastructure, management and operations, and application development, within the context of edge computing.

In the Infrastructure track, Frank Zdarsky and Huamin Chen will share some of the work being done to make Kubernetes work well on small-footprint edge deployments as part of a broader distributed container deployment. 

Daniel Riek and Ahmed Sanaullah will talk about the increasing role of hardware enablement for specific applications, covering GPU and FPGA offload, and presenting the exciting future opportunities of Digital Processing Units (fully autonomous computers on a board, communicating with the operating system directly over the PCI bus). 

Finally, Feng Pan will discuss how we work with customers and partners upstream to ensure that their requirements are met by the open source projects that make up our products, with a lens on a 5G architecture.

In Management and Operationalization, Lucas Ponce will give an overview of how Istio and its dashboard Kiali make it easy to define application policy for security, scaling, and traffic control for your distributed  applications. This will be followed by a presentation that artificial intelligence can play in automating fault detention and management in distributed infrastructure by Marcel Hild and Bill Wright. And we continue on the theme of automated operations with a presentation from Humair Khan and Anand Sanmukhani of a proof-of-concept level-5 Operator that can help automatically handle some of the most common maintenance operations for storage on a distributed database application.

Finally, in our Application Development track, Dejan Bosanac and Josh Reagan will outline a method of gathering data from IOT devices using MQTT, and centralizing that data for processing over Kafka using Skupper.io to manage virtual remote application end-points. Luke Hinds will demonstrate the work that is being done using Tekton Chains and Project Rekor to record build manifests and help to secure the software supply chain, a topic that is highly relevant today. And to finish the day, Bob McWhirter will present his new project Drogue Device (rhymes with brogue), a new framework for IOT devices to provide a consistent interface for developers to communicate with these devices.

Throughout the day, attendees will have an opportunity to interact with presenters, ask questions, and get a glimpse of what the future of Enterprise IT may look like and how to help participate in shaping that future. Join us on February 25th to learn more.

Register here for Red Hat Next! Online Edition, a free, online event, which will be held on February 25th, 2021, from 10:00am US Central time to 12:30 US Central time.