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Mobile World Congress 2019: Nvidia introduces edge supercomputing platform

23 October 2019
The Nvidia NGX platform for building AI, IoT and 5G systems. Source: Nvidia

Nvidia Corp. has introduced an edge supercomputing platform designed to drive artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and 5G-based services at scale.

The announcement took place at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles where the company has already signed up early adopters for the EGX platform — which combines the company’s CUDA-X software with Nvidia GPU servers and devices — including Walmart, BMW, Procter & Gamble, Samsung Electronics, MiTAC and NTT East, as well as the cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas.

“We’ve entered a new era, where billions of always-on IoT sensors will be connected by 5G and processed by AI,” said Jensen Huang, Nvidia founder and CEO, during the keynote of MWC. “Its foundation requires a new class of highly secure, networked computers operated with ease from far away.”

The EGX platform supports a range of applications including Metropolis, a platform to be used in smart cities and intelligent video analytics applications. It also supports the Aerial software development kit that helps build virtualized 5G radio access networks for programmable and scalable new services such as smart factories, augmented reality and cloud gaming.

BMW is using EGX to gather data from multiple cameras and other sensors from the factory floor in order to improve automotive inspection. Likewise, NTT East is using the platform in data centers to enhance its broadband access network.

Procter & Gamble will also use edge systems in its manufacturing plants to analyze thousands of hours of footage from inspection lines to flag imperfections. The city of Las Vegas will use the EGX platform to capture vehicle and pedestrian data for safer streets, and use that data to autonomously manage signal timing and other operational capabilities.

Meanwhile, the city of San Francisco will use the platform to capture real-time pedestrian counts for local retailers in the Union Square district to reduce wait times and produce higher operational efficiency.

Finally, MiTAC said it will use the technology for its Firestone Edge Server FS2D01 in order to bring AI computing to edge computing.

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