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OpenFog publishes Reference Architecture, with eyes on AI and IoT

The OpenFog Consortium has unveiled its Reference Architecture design, aimed at providing a universal framework to support emerging IoT, 5G and artificial intelligence applications, which will increasingly rely on distributing cloud capabilities throughout the network and right to the edge. Its document sums up the intentions of fog computing, to turn data into actionable wisdom. It coins a whole new acronym, DIKW, which it explains thus: “Data gathered becomes Information when stored, and retrievable [information] becomes Knowledge. Knowledge enables Wisdom for autonomous IoT.” OpenFog wants to establish its technology, originated by Cisco, as a de facto standard to allow these multi-faceted applications to exchange data – though success will rely on broad industry support, and probably cooperation with other alliances…

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