Computing power for individual applications at the site
Edge computing and cloud computing complement one another reasonable: Data will be processed where you benefit most as user.
- Local data processing (DP) on the field
- DP on central company servers
- DP in secure cloud services of third-party providers
Combination of edge and cloud computing
- DP in a mix of the options listed
Therefore, edge computing* is the practical complement for cloud computing: Computing power, software, apps, scripts, data and services will be relocated away from central structures to where they are needed: to the edge of the cloud, the location of the application.
Devices for edge computing are autonomous and act in combination with central servers or cloud services if necessary.
- Edge computing provides flexibility
- Edge computing and cloud computing complement one another
- Allows real-time applications because WAN latencies do not apply
- Quick data analysis in the field
Edge Computing with INSYS Smart Devices
The router series of our Smart Devices are often the hub in plants or machines in applications, i.e. at the spot where all communication paths merge, from network (LAN) up to the fieldbus systems and simple serial interfaces. Therefore, our Smart Devices are equipped with the resources for edge computing; the specification depends on the operating system (OS) of the Smart Device:
- Smart Devices with icom OS have an icom SmartBox
- Smart Devices with INSYS OS have an INSYS Sandbox.
We use it top open our routers for a functional scope that is defined by our customers with their own application know-how: from a small script to a comprehensive program, developed in-house or from third parties.
Comparison of the main characteristics of icom SmartBox and INSYS Sandbox
| ||icom SmartBox||INSYS Sandbox|
|Platform||Smart Device with icom OS||Smart Device with INSYS OS|
|Technology||1-n Linux containers (LXC) |
in parallel operation
|1 instance with change root, |
|Network||virtual network interface, IP address |
in one of n LANs of the router
Sandbox uses the LAN of the router
64 MB reserved for router
192 MB/n per n container
448 MB/n per n containers **
|joint use: |
32-64 MB for router and sandbox
> 2 GB
> 6 GB **
|Rights||root within the container||regular user account|
| || || |
Series for edge computing with icom SmartBox
Knowledge and resources for icom SmartBox:
each icom SmartBox is within a secure container
Series for edge computing with INSYS Sandbox
Knowledge and resources for INSYS Sandbox:
schematic structure with INSYS sandbox
*) also "fog computing"; proprietary term for edge computing
**) INSYS icom adds more memory to the product lines MRO and MRX successively. Ask your sales contact about the status of your product in question.