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With the increasing demand for artificial intelligence, the right hardware has become a crucial component in achieving smarter, faster, and more flexible operations. However, implementing Edge AI GPU & Deep Learning comes with its own set of challenges that have to be respected to maximize the return on investment.
The Importance of Edge AI Hardware for Accelerated Inference
In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, machine learning, and edge computing has given rise to the need for specialized hardware that can enable fast and efficient inferencing at the edge. This has led to the emergence of Edge AI hardware, also known as AI accelerators, which are specifically designed to accelerate data-intensive deep learning inference on edge devices.
Edge AI Hardware
Edge AI hardware refers to specialized hardware solutions that are capable of accelerating data-intensive deep learning inference on edge devices. These AI accelerators are designed to offload the most power-intensive parts of a model to dedicated hardware, thereby providing a significant processing boost and reducing power consumption.
The Need for Edge AI Hardware
The increasing demand for real-time deep learning workloads and the limitations of cloud-based AI approaches have necessitated the need for specialized Edge AI hardware. Cloud-based AI approaches often struggle to handle bandwidth requirements, ensure data privacy, and offer low latency, making it impractical for certain applications. By moving AI tasks to the edge, these challenges can be overcome, and additional benefits such as enhanced security, energy efficiency, reliability, and cost savings can be realized.
Types of Edge AI Hardware Accelerators
Edge AI hardware accelerators come in various forms, each with its unique advantages. Some of the commonly used accelerators include spatial accelerators, multi-core superscalar processors and graphics processing units (GPUs). GPUs are highly parallel processors that excel at performing complex computations, making them well-suited for edge AI workloads that require high-performance processing.
It is important to choose the right type of AI accelerator based on the specific requirements of the edge AI application and the available computational resources.
Ruggedized Edge AI CPU and Deep Learning Hardware in demanding environments
Using Edge AI hardware in a demanding environment introduces several challenges that must be addressed. Harsh conditions can involve temperature variations, humidity, vibration, shock, and ingress of water and dust. Benefit from Blue Line’s proven track record with durable and reliable computing solutions that can withstand the rigors of demanding environments.
NVIDIA and Edge AI Hardware
Blue Line and NVIDIA are partners. NVIDIA is a leading AI hardware and solutions provider, offers a range of Edge AI hardware options, including the NVIDIA Jetson family of embedded AI computing platforms. These platforms are built-in Blue Line’s solutions and provide powerful GPU-based computing capabilities, enabling efficient and high-performance artificial intelligence. Ruggedized embedded GPUs are a part of Blue Line’s extensive product range.
Blue Line’s NVIDIA Jetson platforms are designed to meet the demanding requirements of AI applications across industries, offering a combination of power efficiency, scalability, and developer-friendly features.
By leveraging NVIDIA Jetson and other Edge AI hardware solutions, organizations can unlock the full potential of artificial intelligence at the edge, enabling real-time inferencing, improved efficiency, enhanced security, and scalability.
Empowering Scientific Research with Advanced Control Systems
The Hubble Telescope, Voyager 2, and the Very Large Array allow us to investigate the distant places and hidden elements of our universe directly and indirectly. In the same way, a neutron source and its instruments enable scientists to see and understand basic atomic structures and forces. Such system can be compared to a giant microscope for the study of different materials — from plastics and pharmaceuticals, to engines, proteins, molecules, and nanotechnology.
From control of accelerators to research on atomic level, and participation in quantum computer experiments, control systems from Blue Line are needed wherever research is being carried out into the future. With our many years of experience in this area, we create systems and solutions for the most demanding applications so that scientists can concentrate on their field of research.
When the research community designs control system solutions to carry out its control and experiments, Blue Line can bring system prototypes into validated series production. Our experienced staff have many years of experience within proven standards such as MicroTCA platform, CompactPCI platform, and other standard platforms widely used at Big Science institutions such as MaxIV and European Spallation Source.
Use Blue Line's MicroTCA for Research Applications
The high energy physics community has been adopting MicroTCA (MTCA) architecture, specifically MicroTCA.4, for a range of particle physics applications in research institutions, laboratories, and educational organizations worldwide. Especially high energy physics applications typically have a high demand for high-speed, high-density data acquisition, transmission and storage.
A major goal for high energy physics users is interoperability between labs and a commercially viable upgrade path to high performance and more functionality. MicroTCA architecture not just lives up to these criteria’s but also enables researchers to leverage a single design across multiple applications and multiple labs, delivering a fault-tolerant and redundant platform where required, including remote firmware upgrades and health management and a special layer for triggering and timing.
Blue Line’s MicroTCA computing building blocks are widely used within research and are ideal for a range of high speed, high density data acquisition applications in high energy physics.
For these applications Blue Line offers embedded computer systems based on CPUs, GPUs and FPGA technologies, as well interoperable I/O building blocks.
Typical Systems and Components for Research / Physics are:
- MicroTCA Systems - Single/Double width MTCA systems
- CompactPCI Systems - 3U/6U CompactPCI systems
- CPU Control & Payload Modules
- High speed Networking & Triggering Modules
- High speed ADC/DAC Modules
- Storage, SAS/SATA RAID Controllers
- FPGA Ultrascale dual FMC carrier boards