Open source is becoming mainstream technology, and it’s reshaping how it will affect everyday life.
An example of this trend can be found in Red Hat Inc.’s announcement in May of an in-vehicle operating system in partnership with General Motors Co. also generated buzz at its recent annual Summit event in Boston with the release of RHEL 9 after a three-year wait, the deployment of new software supply chain security solutions, and the delivery of managed Ansible Automation for Microsoft Azure .
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Here are three additional pieces of information you may have missed:
1. The rise of alternative processors will fuel open source innovation at the edge.
There was a time when computer processing was all about the processor. No more. It has become the era of GPU, NPU, DPU and various alternative processors to power applications in modern infrastructure. Edge computing was a big talking point at this month’s summit, and Red Hat has positioned its portfolio to capitalize on this growing space through partnerships with Arm, Nvidia, and Intel.
“For me, Edge is the epitome of a white space opportunity where the ecosystem is key,” said Stefanie Chiras (pictured), senior vice president of partner ecosystem success at Red Hat, during the talk. an interview with theCUBE. “Edge brings together unique hardware capabilities ranging from an accelerator to new networking capabilities and then to AI applications. The number of ISVs building AI applications is only growing.”
An example of this evolution can be seen in the use of the DPU, or data processing unit. Where the CPU handled general-purpose computing and GPU-accelerated computing, the DPU will play a pivotal role in moving data.
Tushar Katarki, director of product management for OpenShift at Red Hat, sees a growing role for the DPU, especially as cryptography becomes more essential in network security.
“Crypto is going to soar to new levels,” Katarki said during a discussion with theCUBE at the summit. “The DPU can be used to offload your encryption and firewall. There are many opportunities from an application perspective to take advantage of this capability. »
2. The launch of RHEL 9 sparked a heated debate about CentOS in the Linux community.
When Red Hat unveiled RHEL 9 at the summit, the company noted that it was the first production version built from CentOS Stream. The story on this was that CentOS Stream replaced the Community Enterprise Linux operating system acquired by Red Hat in 2014 and discontinued in 2020, a move that was not well received by CentOS users.
The friction on this issue stems from the fact that CentOS was widely used in the corporate world. A MongoDB Inc. executive says CentOS runs most of the telecom infrastructure in China. A significant part of Facebook’s operations is also based on CentOS. More than ten years ago, open-source CentOS was the most popular Linux distribution for web servers.
Red Hat made it clear in 2020 that it would stop supporting CentOS from 2022 and focus its efforts on the new upstream version of RHEL, called CentOS Stream. The problem for some in the open source community was the belief that the new version lacked the stability of the original CentOS offering.
In theCUBE Summit interview with Gunnar Hellekson, General Manager of the Enterprise Linux Business Unit, the Red Hat executive explained the reason why the company moved from CentOS to CentOS Stream with the latest version of RHEL.
“We need a better way to allow partners to work with us earlier in the actual product development,” Hellekson said. “That’s why we created CentOS Stream…the place where we throw the party and where people can watch the next version of Red Hat Enterprise develop in real time. Partners can come in and help; customers can come in and help.
3. Hardware is important because hybrid is more than just on-premises versus cloud or edge.
In his keynote address at the summit this month, Red Hat senior vice president and chief technical officer Chris Wright described how placing processors in his ski boots made him a better skier. Wright’s example can be extrapolated to use cases where computation and hardware combine to create a better result. The chips help make driving safer today and improve the ability of diagnostic devices to provide essential information to heart patients.
The edge revolution does more than create compute processing in standalone devices. It reshapes the meaning of the hybrid world to include the merging of the physical and the virtual. This will be a key part of Red Hat’s strategy going forward.
“Because of the computational capabilities that we have in hardware, hardware becomes more capable with lower power which can bring certain types of accelerators into the mix,” Wright said during his appearance on theCUBE. “You’re creating this world where what’s happening in a virtual context and what’s happening in a physical context can come together through this distributed computing system. Our point of view is the following: it is hybrid. This is what we have been working on for years. »
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