New ETSI and MEC Hackathon White Paper: Another Step for App Developers and Sectors, Edge

Sophia Antipolis: ETSI MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) Group is pleased to announce a new technical document that aims to describe Publication options related to MEC, especially from an architectural point of view. With a primary focus on ETSI MEC applications, it also aims to provide an open approach taking into account other standards and technologies, including those of Working Group 6 3GPP SA and GSMA OPG. For this purpose, the white paper first analyzes recent GSMA OPG publications and recent updates in the ETSI MEC and 3GPP specification, and then presents the synergistic architecture supported by both standards organizations, which refers to the background information for the publication of the MEC Consortium Harmonized Standards for Edge Computing.

The paper also presents business cases that enable readers to understand how the MEC consortium is beneficial to MEC system providers. Based on these cases, the corresponding deployment options are presented. The goal is to help stakeholders, and all interested parties in general, better understand how to choose appropriate publishing options based on the use cases described in the document.

In addition, this white paper introduces some key considerations, such as connectivity between MEC systems, cross-domain coordination and collaboration between operators and with cloud service providers and third parties. Understanding all these aspects will be beneficial for the future deployment of MEC consortium and edge power exposures in these heterogeneous environments.

Thus, this work aims to assist infrastructure owners (including operators, service providers, and MEC system providers) to evaluate the various options for a MEC consortium, to enable the global deployment of MEC. At the same time, the success of the edge computing market also depends on the participation of developers of high-end applications (including customers from vertical market segments). In fact, both categories of stakeholders (infrastructure owners and application developers) are essential for the growth of an evolving ecosystem and adoption of MEC technology.

MEC Hackathons for Developers

An important initiative to bring software and application development to the edge is the creation of MEC Hackathons, which create technical challenges to inspire developers to build and design new applications that exploit the MEC infrastructure and envision innovative services using the MEC standard.

MEC Hackathons represent ETSI’s ongoing efforts to assist developers. Despite many challenges, it has been successfully organized since 2018 and listed on Wiki over here. The following Hackathon MEC is a fruitful collaboration between ETSI and the Linux Foundation. The 2022 edition of the MEC Hackathon to be organized jointly with the ETSI MEC project and LF Edge Akraino and hosted at advanced computing world Event.

In particular, the MEC Hackathon 2022 will aim to demonstrate an innovative edge application or solution focused on the following vertical application use cases with support for ETSI MEC Service APIs and LF Edge Akraino schema resources:

  • Autos: Produce a vehicle use condition or service to enable intelligent traffic control, driving capabilities, increased safety, etc.
  • Mixed and Augmented Reality: Produce an immersive application that enables the interaction of physical systems and human experiences
  • Edge computing and 5G: Deploying and using 5G and hybrid edge infrastructure to enable federation for distributed edge applications.

Furthermore, 5GAA (5G Automotive Association) recently joined the organizing committee to further motivate developers by awarding “Create the Best Automotive App” for this version of the Hackathon. ETSI offers an advanced implementation of the MEC Sandbox (including a recent introduction of the MEC GS 030 V2X API), as a convenient reference for developers to use the MEC Service APIs.

Since its inception, the ETSI MEC Industry Specification Group (ETSI ISG MEC) has been committed to working to engage infrastructure owners and application developers.,” notes Dario Sabella, President of ETSI ISG MEC.The group not only publishes standards and specifications that enable the deployment of advanced infrastructures, but also continues to attract application developers and customers from many vertical market segments. The recent White Paper on the MEC Consortium, as supplementary material to existing standards efforts at ETSI, 3GPP, GSMA OP and MEC Hackathon, in collaboration with Akraino, are great examples of commitment in these two key edge areas.“.

From now on, ISG MEC continues to strengthen its cooperation with other standards development organizations (eg, 3GPP, ITU), industry groups (eg, GSMA, 5GAA) and open source projects (eg, LF, Eclipse).