Arm, Canonical Team for Edge
November 2, 2018
Distribution of Kubernetes (CDK) is now commercially available and
supported on processors and servers based on 64-bit Arm v8-A
The data centre is evolving to support new workload requirements, it is
transforming to be optimised for workloads such as: 5G, the internet of
things, edge computing, and the cloud. The shift is one that Arm and
Canonical’s server ecosystem partners have been carrying out with Ubuntu.
Canonical and Ubuntu were first with a server OS for 64-bit Arm
architecture, and first to release Openstack and CEPH for 64-bit Arm.
“Compute is moving to a more distributed model and by combining
Canonical’s Distribution of Kubernetes with Arm Neoverse’s scalable
technology, we’re enabling the delivery of a high-performing, flexible
infrastructure where developers can independently scale components for
maximum efficiency,” said Philippe Robin, Director of open source,
Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm.
Canonical works in close partnership with Google, the pioneers of
Kubernetes, and Arm to offer a pure upstream version of CDK that is
tested across the widest range of clouds and systems; from public
clouds, to private data centres, from bare metal to virtualised
CDK and Arm: Supporting future workloads
New workloads require a shift in architecture to one that is more agile,
software-defined, and able to support transformational technologies. The
shift to a widely distributed model, where the data centre is no longer
purely in the centre, but distributed, closer to the data and compute
This move requires servers to be located in places with fewer physical
resources (heating, power, cooling), but importantly, it also demands
that the software stack is not reinvented. Arm-based platforms are
particularly well suited to these new environments and the addition of
Kubernetes allows for the management and use of the same stack of
containers and applications that are being run from the datacentre, but
in a distributed edge location.
5G requires agile and scalable software, coupled with connectivity that
is low latency, and at greater speeds to deliver next-generation
experiences to users.
With targeted latency reductions up to 50x, targeted throughput
increases up to 100x, and targeted increases in the number of
connections up to 100x, the underlying networking and computing
infrastructure must transform to fill these “pipes”.
Canonical’s distribution of Kubernetes on 64-bit Arm provides a strong
foundation that developers can use to build those next generation low
latency and high bandwidth applications that push computing to the edge.
As those latency sensitive 5G applications and services come to market,
today’s datacentres are facing an inherent limitation with
centralisation. This is driving compute closer to the edge, where both
the data is collected, processed and consumed.
shift presents power and space limitations on the systems in the edge
datacentre, while also demanding higher performance, greater compute
density, and the ability to scale better in response to elastic demand
and shifting workloads.
Arm and Canonical are partnering to ensure that platforms and software
are ready to face the edge computing challenges with 64-bit Arm-based
systems tailored to the physical resource-constrained environments and
the robust/same secure Ubuntu server OS along with Kubernetes that
developers rely on today.
Those developers are the reason why Canonical’s Ubuntu is the leading OS
for cloud operations – public and private. Canonical works with AWS,
Azure, Google and Oracle to optimise Ubuntu guests for containers on
those clouds. Canonical also works with Google GKE to enable hybrid
operations between enterprise deployments of Kubernetes and the Google