Red Hat will preview an edge computing operating system version of its Enterprise Linux distribution, aimed at small devices such as robots, internet of things gateways, point of sale terminals, and public transport among other things.
Called Red Hat Device Edge, the OS supports automated device onboarding and customisable image generation.
Red Hat said Device Edge can also do over the air (OTA) updates, and intelligent rollbacks provided by its Enterprise Linux, to minimise the need for onsite experience.
Central scaling and monitoring of edge device fleets with Red Hat Smart Management is also possible.
Container orchestration for Device Edge can be done through the lightweight open source MicroShift Kubernetes variant, which is optimised for resource-constrained devices.
Device Edge and MicroShift lets users deploy containers at the edge with up to 50 per cent lower compute requirements, compared to traditional Kubernetes installations.
Red Hat Device Edge is planned to be released as a developer preview early next year, the company said.
General availability with full support is expected to arrive later in 2023, but Red Hat did not say when.