Program managers are struggling to quickly deploy AI capabilities for real-time applications in the field – outside of data centers. These leaders can speed time to market by utilizing scalable commercial compute solutions from vendors with expertise in real-time, AI-ready platforms built for rugged environments.
The general edge computing market not only continues to grow quickly, but also to segment quickly, creating new opportunities for forward-looking organizations. “AI transportables” is one such emerging edge segment, combining advanced high-performance computing, in-depth AI support and rugged packaging. This combination creates a flexible, versatile and proven platform. It gives proactive program managers first-mover advantage in deploying AI applications outside of conventional data centers in wide range of vertical markets.
In the real world, the goal of putting more power into less space has been thwarted by heat dissipation since the first steam engines. In 1999 the Porsche car company was faced with getting more horsepower out of their air-cooled, 3-liter engine. Acknowledging that heat was their issue, Porsche moved from an air-cooled solution to a water-cooled solution, in concert with a dry oil sump injection system. This allowed Porsche to have extremely high performance for the engine size, with a nimble car that continues to have a power-to-weight ratio that still beats all comers in the market.
PCIe Gen 5 is a key technology for driving transportable or edge AI systems to higher performance, especially those with demanding space, environmental or cooling needs. But AI program managers should evaluate their technology suppliers’ Gen 5 implementations to ensure they fully realize the technology’s benefits.