Is edge intelligence a breakthrough in the “deep water area” of enterprise digital transformation?

In the face of more complex and larger-scale digital transformation, what kind of technology can promote industrial innovation and upgrading?

Intel CEO Pat Kissinger said that artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, ubiquitous connectivity, and infrastructure from the cloud to the edge are the four super technical forces that will adapt to future changes and drive the digital transformation of industries.

At the Intel On Industry Innovation Summit on May 18 (the Chinese video is already online on Intel’s official website), Intel released new chips, software and services.

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Includes new 12th Gen Intel® Core for high performance for professional workloads ™ HX processors, announced the shipment of the fourth-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors code-named Sapphire Rapids, released Intel’s data center GPU code-named Arctic Sound-M (ATS-M), and announced the AI processor Habana Gaudi 2.

What is more noteworthy is that at the Intel On Industry Innovation Summit, Intel and representatives of many traditional enterprises such as retail and manufacturing jointly demonstrated successful cases of digital transformation, which demonstrated Intel’s technological advantages as a technology leader and helped the industry to more easily realize “digital transformation”. transformation”.

“Cloud to edge” has become an infrastructure, and enterprise digital transformation faces three major challenges

In the past, the industry paid more attention to the importance of cloud computing to the digital transformation of enterprises. In the past two years, the scope of edge computing has been expanding, and the technology has become more mature. The former centralized computing and data storage cluster has also transformed into a distributed computing and network architecture.

This also means that the cloud with more advantages in scale and capacity is combined with the edge with faster response and closer storage location, and the technical architecture from cloud to edge can better meet the needs of digital transformation.

Supply chain shortages and labor shortages caused by the epidemic sweeping the world are also accelerating the digital transformation of enterprises. Digital transformation has become an irresistible trend on a global scale.

The essence of enterprise digital transformation is to solve business problems through cloud computing, edge computing, AI and other technologies, reduce costs and increase efficiency, and improve enterprise competitiveness. As the digital transformation of enterprises enters the deep-water area, it is even more necessary to digitize the physical infrastructure, automate business processes, implement a general-purpose computing platform equipped with open and interoperable software, and implement application integration at the edge of the Internet of Things.

There are three significant challenges ahead:

First, there are many physical limitations in terms of network latency and reliability. For example, a sudden interruption of the network connection of a store with a contactless cashier will cause incalculable losses;

Second, in the process of digital transformation of enterprises, a large amount of sensitive data will be generated. If the data is transmitted back to the cloud, it will not only bear high costs, but also face security threats;

Third, when the digital transformation of infrastructure has been basically realized, and automation software and data are located at the edge, how to provide secure and distributed access to support employees working anytime, anywhere is also a big challenge.

In response to the challenges surrounding network, data security and work mode, the industry pioneer Intel has provided solutions from cloud to edge, and has helped many enterprises to successfully transform.

Integration of software and hardware, no blind spots in the hub, faster medical diagnosis

In order to promote the new infrastructure from cloud to edge, Intel not only provides a large amount of hardware computing infrastructure required by edge network, but also provides fully definable software, which can better meet the digital transformation needs of enterprises with a complete solution integrating software and hardware.

On the hardware side, Intel launched the first system-on-a-chip (SoC) Xeon® D processor built from scratch for the edge, which integrates artificial intelligence and encryption speed capabilities, built-in Ethernet, supports timing coordination operations and sensitive network with industrial-grade reliability for a better experience for critical network and edge use cases and workloads.

Customers with more sensitive workloads such as AI, video, media, and different performance and power requirements can choose 12th Gen Intel® Core for edge physical network applications ™ HX processor Alder Lakes.

Intel also provides IPU series products, which can isolate the virtual network, storage, and remote memory provided by service providers from the tenant workloads that actually run the business. At the On Industry Innovation Summit, Intel announced its IPU roadmap for 2026, showing Intel’s FPGA- and ASIC-based IPU platform product portfolio. The third-generation 400G IPU will be available from 2023 to 2024. The next-generation 800GB IPU is expected to begin shipping to customers and partners.

In addition, there are Intel NUC 11 Pro and Movidius VPU capable of serving as edge computing microservers.

On the software side, Intel’s IPUs work well with software to deliver significant performance improvements, especially the Infrastructure Programming Development Kit (IPDK), which enables partners to develop their own infrastructure processing software, such as virtual networking, storage, Kubernetes containers Network, etc., to achieve acceleration without hardware limitations.

“With this IPU roadmap, we can truly create an open, end-to-end, programmable software ecosystem,” said Sachin Katti, CTO of Intel’s NEX Division.

In addition, the new OpenVINO ™ Toolkit enables developers to deploy high-performance applications and algorithms. Intel’s oneAPI tools also help developers achieve performance optimization across multiple heterogeneous computing platforms.

Having a complete and leading software and hardware foundation makes it easier for Intel to help enterprises transform, especially at the edge. Intel’s partnership with the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) on an automated hub is a good example.

UIPA is a very important hub in the US national infrastructure. The goods passing through this hub account for 40% of the US GDP. However, almost any hub in North America is in a network blind spot, so the goods cannot be traced from the ship to the destination. , it is imperative to build a network for tracking goods.

To this end, Intel and QuayChain, which develops intelligent logistics technology, have reached a cooperation to deploy edge devices to collect information while deploying a proprietary 5G network, install computer cameras and sensors on mobile trailers, and integrate edge computing into cameras. Thousands of devices to complete the supply chain.

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Intel® NUC 11 Pro and Movidius VPU Enable QuayChain to Deploy Edge Devices to Digitize Logistics Supply Chains

Notably, Intel is also deploying the Intel® NUC 11 Pro and Movidius VPU in edge devices to run computer vision and edge AI applications. The NUC has automatic fault protection technology. If any NUC fails, it will automatically switch the workload to another NUC, with fault recovery capabilities. In addition, its integrated zero-touch configuration enables customers to directly coordinate edge computing devices at the remote end.

In the medical field, Intel has also reached cooperation with many medical institutions to provide edge-native data processing technology for various medical service providers, whether it is diagnosing pneumothorax, performing precise anesthesia on the nerves of patients, or diagnosing maternal ultrasound images. Good results.

Reliable connection and programmable network practice, enterprise product innovation is one step faster

Providing end-to-end technical support for enterprises not only means that Intel can provide enterprises with reliable networks, but also means that all network devices in the data path are programmable, allowing enterprises to have more scalable solutions in the process of digital transformation. network.

At the Intel On Industry Innovation Summit, Intel demonstrated a set of 5G solutions developed in cooperation with Pegatron that can establish a reliable network communication system under extreme conditions such as earthquakes and tornadoes.

Based on Intel platform and software technology, Pegatron has developed a portable 5G base station solution for disaster relief workers. The suitcase-sized portable base station can be set up within an hour and provides 5G Wi-Fi connectivity for phones, cameras, and drones. Great help for rescue workers.

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Intel CEO Pat Kissinger demonstrates 5G solutions for extreme environments

In addition to disaster relief, the cooperation between Intel and Pegatron has also improved the 5G availability of wireless spectrum. Customers can leverage the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform and FlexRAN software platform to realize business applications such as smart factories.

“Intel’s FlexRAN architecture has helped Juniper virtualize cellular base station routers (CSRs) in an innovative way,” said Juniper CTO Yavatkar, a network solutions provider. Juniper is currently developing solutions with Intel to deliver high performance, low latency and Broadband-intensive applications enable enterprises to achieve great development in the era of edge computing.”

The practice of programmable network is reflected in the cooperation between Intel and ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil and Intel cooperated to form the OPAF (Open Process Automation Forum), which consists of a high-performance programmable platform and a trusted The edge platform consists of building different solutions and distributed computing nodes based on Intel® Xeon® processor and Atom® processor systems, moving towards a software-defined, programmable state for users to flexibly add new functions.

If OPAF is applied to many automated industries, from oil and gas to paper to chemical, the originally closed proprietary system can be improved, and innovative products from different suppliers can be taken and integrated into more advanced systems. , to create better products.

In this era of rapid technological change, the key to business success will depend on the ability to rapidly adopt and maximize the use of IT infrastructure and innovative technologies. As a global semiconductor leader, Intel continues to expand the depth and breadth of smart chip technology, With advanced software and hardware solutions, from the edge to the network, it helps traditional enterprises in deep water areas to realize digital transformation faster and faster with the intelligent edge as a breakthrough.

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