The Story Behind Liqo
The idea for Liqo grew from a struggle we had at our University
We had plenty of powerful computers in our labs, but there were always some students complaining about their laptops not being powerful enough to run their jobs.
Our idea was straightforward: let’s transform our labs, including student laptops, into opportunistic data centers, so that heavy tasks can always be executed on the best resource among those available.
However, students didn’t want to give up the control of their laptops nor compromise in security. Here is where Liqo comes in: a way to share resources and services, while each user retains the full control on his/her box, whether it is the lab IT admin or the student, deciding what to share, how much, with whom. Controlled, secure sharing.
While working on this project, we realized that the capability to share Kubernetes clusters has much greater implications. Liqo can not only solve our student’s problems but also become the enabler for applications that rely on the democratization of edge computing such as Autonomous driving, IoT, Industry 4.0, Smart cities.
In fact, Liqo allows to run services on multiple clusters without even having to provision, build and operate your own distributed edge infrastructure. This project could optimize utilization of currently available resources and kickstart a first scale up of edge computing.
Liqo is a project started by a group of passionate computer engineers from Polytechnic of Turin, Italy.
We truly believe in open source and welcome contributions from anyone.