Smart cities, Factory 4.0, autonomous cars … AI is not always sufficient to seamlessly orchestrate a multitude of sensors operating in a heterogeneous manner with different connection technologies. For more responsiveness, Edge computing allows power and intelligence to be decentralized as close as possible to the field, while ensuring network operation.
With the development of, you are going to hear more and more about it and yet, it is not new: Edge computing. Behind this mysterious expression, hides a technology which comes to deport part of the computing power as close as possible to the field. This is the case with in industry, for example, or those of , or more precisely for .
This process is also used in special cases, such as for the protection of the environment, such asand : this one is embarked on tourist ships to retrieve pictures of the reefs of the in order to help her . In this case, Edge computing then makes it possible to collect the data autonomously and transmit them to scientists as quickly as possible.
But, beyond simply transmitting raw data directly toto process them, Edge computing also makes it possible to analyze them directly. A practice that has intensified with the generalization of the use of artificial. Rather than simply observing and noting a situation collected from sensors, Edge computing “doped” with AI now predicts the future by identifying the risks of breakdowns and issuing alerts before those. -this does not happen and this, far from the data center.
Better yet, based on this prediction, the system can even adopt corrective measures automatically when possible. To achieve this, no need for the strike force of a data center whose connection is sometimes insecure or slow due to the distance. The main advantage of Edge computing is precisely that it makes severalEdge positioned as close as possible to their sources. This makes it possible to pool their resources in order to benefit from sufficient computing power to use this AI.
In this video, Jean-Sébastien Volte, Server Product Manager France at Dell Technologies, portrays Edge Computing. For example, in Florida, the Hard Rock Stadium generates 200TB of data every game. Data that is managed for more responsiveness via a mesh of Edge gateways produced by Dell Technologies. © Dell Technologies
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With such a mesh, we obtain a latency conducive to almost real-time management, whereas this is not the case when it is necessary to push data towards the data centers and obtain instructions in response to its processing. Obviously, everything will depend on the type of data collected. Some do not require short response times. The connection to a powerful data center remains essential when it comes to collecting data allowing the regulation of background operations linked to the systems. But, when it comes to solving a concrete local situation, Edge computing brings more fluidity.
Here is for the theory. In practice, setting up such a system requires positioning a real small IT processing infrastructure as close as possible to the field. It must be autonomous, powerful and robust enough to withstand extreme temperatures, dust, humidity, shocks … In other words, it must work like proven military equipment.
Specialists, such as Dell Technologies, determine the combination between the constraints of robustness, processing power, storage density, economy inand the for Edge units. And then, this little world must be able to work together with sometimes a multitude of different communication protocols, such as ADSL links, satellite, 4 or 5 G, or even links specific.
Under these conditions, the ideal conductor for getting data through quickly is the SD-Wan. Finally, we must not forget that given the sometimes improbable locations where these units are placed, it is necessary that thecan be performed reliably without requiring direct intervention. And, in the event of a major failure, repair operations must be able to be carried out as quickly as possible and on site. You got it: we haven’t finished hearing about the benefits of Edge computing.
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