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EdgeX v2.1 (Jakarta) Release Now Available

The Jakarta release of EdgeX is very significant for the project because it is the first EdgeX release to offer long term support (LTS) from its community. It is a stabilization release of the previous EdgeX 2.0 (Ireland) release which provided a number of architectural advancements including a message bus for improved QoS between microservices and a new set of extensible APIs.

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What is in the EdgeX Jakarta release

The EdgeX Foundry 2.1 (Jakarta) is the community's first minor release of the second major release (Ireland). This version of EdgeX builds on a foundation of over four years of intense development and real-world customer deployments and includes the following major changes/additions since EdgeX version 1:

    • EdgeX Long Term Support (LTS)
      • The EdgeX community pledges a stable version of the platform that the community will support for a period of two years
      • The EdgeX LTS policy states the community will give "best effort and development priority to fix major flaws as soon as possible" 
      • See here for full details 
    • EdgeX v2 APIs (for all services)
      • Provides response objects and consistent status across the APIs 
      • Allows tracking of data (via correlation id)
      • Sets EdgeX up for new modes of service-2-service communication protocols
      • Enables additional security to be added to message exchanges in the future
    • Device Service to App Service via Message Bus
      • Support for MQTT, 0MQ and Redis Streams implementations
      • Core Data as optional secondary subscriber
    • Improved Security
      • Standardized Secret Provider for all Services (including Application and Device Services)
      • Enable Consul API through API Gateway
    • New Device Services
      • CoAP (in C) - Web transfer protocol used in resource-constrained nodes and networks
      • GPIO (in Go) - Standard interface used to connect microcontrollers to other electronic devices
      • LLRP (in Go) - Standardized network interface to many RFID readers
      • UART (in Go) - Serial data communications used in modems and USB to UART bridges
    • Simplified Device Profiles
    • Application Service Improvements
      • LLRP Inventory App Service (in Go)
      • New structured custom configuration capability
      • New filter functions for ProfileName and SourceName
      • Encryption function use of Secret Provider for encryption key
    • New and improved GUI Built With Angular JS
      • Easier to maintain and extend
      • Device provisioning wizard and much improved metadata creation/update/management
      • Data visualization
      • Service status and resource (mem, CPU, etc.) monitoring

EdgeX Foundry 2.1 is a minor release and is therefore backwardly compatible with the previous EdgeX 2.0 Ireland release.

For a more detailed description of the changes and updates to the EdgeX Jakarta release, please see Release Notes

Release Cadence

In order to provide EdgeX consumers with a predictable foundation to base their commercial offerings on it is the goal to outline key release themes at least 12 months in advance and to plan features to be delivered in a given release 6 months in advance.

Release cadence is bi-annually, with targets of April and October as release months.

Source code for all EdgeX release can be accessed on GitHub. Release branches are tagged with the associated release name (e.g. Jakarta)

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