Nvidia has revealed its new EGX edge supercomputing platform, a new push from the chipmaker to put GPUs at the forefront of artificial intelligence, IoT and 5G network infrastructure for edge environments such as factory floors, manufacturing inspection lines and city streets. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said the new EGX platform, announced at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles on Monday, has already been adopted by Walmart, BMW, Procter & Gamble, Samsung Electronics, NTT East as well as the cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas. In addition, the company announced a new EGX integration with Microsoft Azure for edge-to-cloud AI capabilities. The new high-performance, cloud-native EGX platform, which combines Nvidia's CUDA-X software libraries and Nvidia's certified GPU servers and devices, is targeting demanding compute workloads that need to be processed close to where the data is collected. "We've entered a new era, where billions of always-on IoT sensors will be connected by 5G and processed by AI," Jensen Huang, Nvidia's CEO and founder, said in a statement.
Nvidia Corp. took to the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles late Monday to announce availability of its new EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform that's all about harnessing so-called "edge data" for artificial intelligence purposes. Nvidia founder and Chief Executive Jensen Huang said EGX would enable companies to harness rapidly streaming data from factory floors or city streets to deliver "next-generation AI, Internet of Things and 5G-based services" at scale and with lower latency. "We've entered a new era, where billions of always-on IoT sensors will be connected by 5G and processed by AI," Huang said in a statement. "Its foundation requires a new class of highly secure, networked computers operated with ease from far away. We've created the Nvidia EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform for this world, where computing moves beyond personal and beyond the cloud to operate at planetary scale."
Mobile operators are integrating AI-enabled applications and edge-cloud computing with their 5G networks to accelerate enterprise digital transformation and unleash new business opportunities. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), IoT, artificial intelligence and 5G networks are among the emerging solutions offering the greatest business and financial opportunities in the digital age. These technologies have the power to transform the business landscape and how enterprises operate on a daily basis, and they could transform the productivity and growth speed of small or large corporations. These emerging technologies must process and transmit massive quantities of data in real time, something only possible with 5G and AI. The increased speed and capacity of 5G networks enhanced by artificial intelligence will enable the development and spread of technologies such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and virtual reality.
Imagine the network efficiencies that could be gained if radio frequency bands and traffic were managed automatically through artificial intelligence... 5G coverage could be secured and the user experience would never suffer. We now enable a unique means of optimizing the radio access networks: by adding AI to the baseband. Our new AI functionalities are optimized for the RAN Compute architecture and have the advantage to run close to the radios, bringing down feedback loops to less than 10 milliseconds. The AI algorithms analyze vast amounts of traffic data and network load in real time, without impacting the capacity of the network. This enables instant traffic predictions in the network, without the need for extra hardware, and without site visits.
Imagine that a person's brain could be scanned in great detail and recreated in a computer simulation. The person's mind and memories, emotions and personality would be duplicated. In effect, a new and equally valid version of that person would now exist, in a potentially immortal, digital form. This futuristic possibility is called mind uploading. The science of the brain and of consciousness increasingly suggests that mind uploading is possible – there are no laws of physics to prevent it.
As you leave for work, your car accesses your phone calendar to determine the destination you're headed for and already knows the shortest and fastest route to take. In case you encounter heavy traffic, the car automatically notifies your office that you are running late! While this might seem like a clip from a futuristic movie, scenarios like these are already taking shape. Enter the world of Internet of Things, popularly referred to as IoT. So far the internet had mostly connected people to information, people to people, and people to business.
An IoT system consists of sensors/devices which "talk" to the cloud through a Integrated Communication Technology. Once the data gets to the cloud, software applications process it and then decide to perform an action, such as sending notification or automatically adjusting the sensors/devices without the need for the user. If the user input is needed or if the user simply wants to check in on the system, a user interface allows them to do so. Any adjustments or actions that the user makes are then sent in the opposite direction through the system: from the user interface, to the cloud, and back to the sensors/devices to make some kind of change. Sensors or devices collect data from their environment.
"By the year 2020, the number of devices connected through the internet worldwide is expected to reach 31 billion", as per reports from statista. Devices are being connected via the internet since the time of its inception (when it was even called by a different name) more than 40 years back. Now, what's staggering and worth the hype is the sheer number of devices getting connected, and more importantly, it's no longer only the devices that are getting linked. Internet of Things (IoT) is bridging the gap between the device to device, people to the device and also people to people. What comes to your mind when you hear the terms'smart home'?
Packets are the lifeblood of the network and most daily computer operations. In virtually every transaction and operation, we leave a network footprint. Only in the case of a local system login accessing applications and data that are locally resident on that system do we not leave a network trace. If we use the Internet, log in via a domain or realm, access a SaaS or other cloud services, or use network-attached storage, we leave a network trace. Because the network is the tie that binds business, leveraging network-focused security analytics is a critical part of security monitoring and response for all connected businesses.
Many of these people live in rural areas, where fiber, coaxial cable, DSL or any other kind of broadband infrastructure is scarce or nonexistent. This is a huge issue for rural community administrators and school officials who have been struggling to help their communities. For example, students can use the internet in school, but when they go home to do their homework, they have no access. At Revolution D, I've been working with these local officials to try to help them solve their problems. Technology has changed a lot in the past few years--what's known as fixed wireless technology is becoming more widespread.