New Linux Foundation effort to focus on data confidence fabrics to scale digital transformation initiatives

Via The Linux Foundation Newsrom

Oct 28, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019The Linux Foundation , a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development among sustainable open source ecosystems, today announced the intent to form Project Alvarium. Project Alvarium will focus on building the concept of a Data Confidence Fabric (DCF) to facilitate measurable trust and confidence in data and applications spanning heterogeneous systems. The project will be seeded by code from Dell Technologies, with support from industry leaders including Arm, IBM, IOTA Foundation, MobiledgeX, OSIsoft, Unisys, and more.

A DCF, or “trust fabric”, is a framework comprised of a variety of technologies that help insert trust into the data path, in turn facilitating the orchestration of trusted AI models and the delivery of data from devices to applications with measurable confidence. This is critical to scaling digital transformation initiatives that today often devolve into a debate of security, privacy and data ownership.

Project Alvarium will foster a community to collaborate on the baseline open source framework and related APIs that bind together the various ingredients that constitute trust fabrics, as well as to define the algorithms that drive confidence scores as data flows through any given implementation. The project will also seek to collaborate with other important industry efforts as the goal is to unify trust insertion capabilities, not reinvent them.

“We look forward to helping build a collaborative community to focus on creating and unifying trust insertion technologies,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “As edge computing becomes more pervasive, a comprehensive open source framework that delivers measurable confidence across industries and across stacks is imperative. We welcome Project Alvarium to the Linux Foundation family of projects.”

The project will be seeded in the coming quarter with work from Dell Technologies which also seeded the EdgeX Foundry project in April 2017. Now part of the LF Edge Umbrella, EdgeX is adopted globally for device- to- application interoperability at the IoT Edge, recently hitting one million total microservice downloads with half of those over the prior two months. The EdgeX framework is a default component within the DCF seed for open data ingestion, but as with any other ingredients, it can be replaced with a preferred alternative.

More details on Project Alvarium, including a video outlining how trust fabrics will transform business models across industries, are available at .

Industry Support for Project Alvarium

“Digital transformation and a world of a trillion connected devices will only be possible if we can trust the data being generated and shared by these devices”, said Andy Rose, chief system architect and fellow at Arm. “Project Alvarium will enable further collaboration on secure product design, leading to a more secure Internet of Things. The Platform Security Architecture (PSA) provides a secure framework, and PSA Certified devices will serve as a best-in-class Root of Trust foundation for the Data Confidence Fabrics.”

“Trust fabrics will be a key enabler for scaling digital transformation across inherently heterogeneous systems,” said Jason Shepherd, Global CTO, Edge and IoT, Dell Technologies. “There is not an industry on the planet that this effort won’t impact in terms of delivering data with measurable confidence, facilitating trusted workload consolidation and also helping organizations scale meeting compliance requirements such as GDPR. We look forward to collaborating with the community on this important topic.”

“As enterprises move into the next chapter of cloud, data is at the core of their business and keeping that data secure and ensuring the privacy of the users is key to success,” said David Boloker, Distinguished Engineer and Director, Business Development for IBM Edge Computing. “IBM is collaborating on Project Alvarium to support this important industry effort to build an open-source foundation for system wide trust from edge devices to cloud applications.”

“At MobiledgeX we are working with more than a dozen mobile operators worldwide to safely open their trusted networks for edge computing spanning Augmented Reality for gaming to industrial use cases,” said Sunay Tripathi, CTO of MobiledgeX. “With many of our deployments today, our operators and application owners are increasingly focused on the issue of privacy, especially with respect to our Edge-Cloud capability that enables companies to use best of breed applications while ensuring sensitive data stays in-country or on-premise. We see project Alvarium as a key piece to further the trust and privacy based edge ecosystem.”

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