Nvidia unveils edge supercomputing platform at MWC keynote

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang's keynote address at MCW
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On Monday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveiled a series of new products ahead of Mobile World Conference Los Angeles (MWC). In his keynote address, Huang said the firm’s latest offerings are designed to harness the power of edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and 5G networking.

Furthermore, Huang noted his company had made partnerships with several corporations to develop a host of innovative solutions. In addition, the executive’s presentation revealed the chipmaker has the resources to help organizations and local governments adapt to Industry 4.0.

EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform

Huang’s most significant announcement was the EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform. The cloud-native product utilizes Nvidia Cuda-X software, GPU servers, and devices to provide organizations with 5G-enabled, artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced IoT services. Moreover, the ecosystem features an advanced AI that processes and utilize vast quantities of sensor data.

Plus, as Nvidia made its platform 5G compliant, it can seamlessly transmit information at scale.

In his presentation, Huang laid out grand ambitions for his company’s next-generation computing solution. “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.” Accordingly, the executive announced his firm had partnered with Microsoft, Ericsson, and Red Hat to develop its new ecosystem.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang at MCW
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Besides, Nvidia revealed it has lined up an impressive group of clients as early adopters. Huang said BMW, Procter & Gamble, and Samsung Electronics are using the EGX platform. The cities of Las Vegas and San Francisco are also utilizing the supercomputing system to improve safety and consumer retail experiences.

Notably, Huang explained that Walmart uses the EGX platform to power its new generation supermarket concept store. In April, The Burn-In reported the retail giant opened a 50,000 square foot store called the Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL). The shop’s cutting-edge AI processes 1.6 terabytes of data for an array of IoT sensors. With that information, the system prompts retail associates to refill empty shelves and pull spoiled meat and produce.

BMW and Procter & Gamble are also already using the EGX platform to optimize their respective manufacturing and warehousing operations.

Foundational Smart City Technology

The chipmaker presentation also included the introduction of a new video analytics platform called Nvidia Metropolis. The corporation intends the product to serve a critical framework for the development of smart cities. With it, municipalities can better manage traffic flows, respond more quickly to disasters, and improve resource allocation.

Besides, Nvidia is collaborating with Microsoft to power Metropolis. The semiconductor manufacturer’s T4 GPUs and Jetson Nano kits will work in tandem with the Big Tech firm’s Azure cloud computing service to collect and process traffic camera data at the edge.

Ericsson Collaboration

Nvidia’s pre-MWC announcements also featured the disclosure that the firm has partnered with Ericsson on a new 5G project. Together, the two firms will share technologies and expertise to create virtual 5G radio access networks (RANs).

Virtualized RANs allows for the separation of hardware and software, meaning they can provide organizations with the framework to quickly develop new AI and IoT solutions at scale. As Nvidia is a leader in virtualization and Ericsson, a leader in telecommunications, their partnership makes a lot of sense.

“Fusing 5G, supercomputing, and AI has enabled us to create a revolutionary communications platform supporting, someday, trillions of always-on, AI-enabled smart devices,” said Huang. “Combining our world-leading capabilities, Nvidia and Ericsson are helping to invent this exciting future.”

5G Network Acceleration

Lastly, the chipmaker announced it had developed a new software kit called Nvidia Aerial. The platform allows telecoms to accelerate their 5G networks using the firm’s GPUs and software-defined RANs. As such, the corporation’s framework gives organizations network slicing capability, the partitioning of a network to suit individual user categories.

So, providers using Ariel can give automakers the massive IoT slice they’ll need to run their automated equipment. Conversely, telecoms can also provide mobile broadband users network support they need to stream high-definition video content.

Furthermore, Nvidia has teamed with Red Hat to develop its software-defined 5G RANs. By virtue of the collaboration, telecoms can provide enterprise consumers with OpenShift Kubernetes container platforms powered by EXG. “We’re working with Red Hat to build a cloud-native, massively scalable, high-performance GPU computing infrastructure for this new 5G world,” said Huang about the partnership.

For years now, the technology industry has promised that 5G, AI, and IoT technology would change the world. With its recent announcement, Nvidia has shown it has the tools to make the fourth industrial revolution manifest.