[openstack-dev] [all][massively distributed][architecture] Coordination between actions/WGs

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Thu Aug 25 18:08:06 UTC 2016

Jay Pipes wrote:
> [...]
> How is vCPE a *cloud* use case?
> From what I understand, the v[E]CPE use case is essentially that Telcos
> want to have the set-top boxen/routers that are running cable television
> apps (i.e. AT&T U-verse or Verizon FiOS-like things for US-based
> customers) and home networking systems (broadband connectivity to a
> local central office or point of presence, etc) be able run on virtual
> machines to make deployment and management of new applications easier.
> Since all those home routers and set-top boxen are essentially just
> Linux boxes, the infrastructure seems to be there to make this a
> cost-savings reality for Telcos. [1]
> The problem is that that isn't remotely a cloud use case. Or at least,
> it doesn't describe what I think of as cloud.
> [...]

My read on that is that they want to build a cloud using the computing
power in those set-top boxes and be able to distribute workloads to them
(in an API/cloudy manner). So yes, essentially nova-compute nodes on
those set-top boxes. It feels like that use case fits your description
of "cloud", only their datacenter ends up being distributed in their
customers homes (and conveniently using your own electricity/cooling) ?

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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