The mere mention of artificial intelligence, AI, brings forth images of large, dimly-lit rows of high performance power hungry equipment racks in a data center. At the same time, "the edge" evokes the idea of constrained embedded systems operating in harsh forward locations enduring all types of environmental conditions. All the while taking in data, processing it, and reacting in real-time. As this "edge" becomes ever more demanding and complex, it increases the need for AI levels of performance like that in the data centers but now to be available and useable on the spot and in systems that are transportable at the edge—a big challenge that has been addressed by One Stop Systems.
When most of us think about moving data, we don’t think of an amount of data that requires a semi-truck to move it. But as applications at the edge are generating copious amounts of data, the calculus for this bottleneck has led One Stop Systems to build a family of storage solutions to address these needs with an eye for forward, harsh environments.
Bridging the gap between sensors and high-performance compute power is a growing challenge, especially in systems where quick, complex decisions are vital.
The concept of “the edge” in embedded systems has taken on new urgency in the federal space. The need to address the burgeoning amount of high-speed, vital data with powerful AI processing for immediate complex decision and reaction could be likened to the idea of stuffing a data center under the seat of a helicopter (if only!). “The edge” can be defined as “where it’s happening” and in government systems, that’s the field. Traditionally, the problem of linking high-speed sensors and actuators with super-powerful AI resources has been addressed with high-speed data communications. But that has serious limitations in terms of field operations where package size, speed, mobility, and reliability are paramount.
Program managers face hard tradeoffs bringing artificial intelligence to in-the-field use cases. A new AI server from One Stop Systems shows what capabilities they should look for in portable, rugged AI deployments.
Nearly all the current generation of AI compute platforms suffer from failing to integrate and optimize high-performance computing with compact, rugged form factors. The result is that program managers too often end up trading performance for rugged design, or vice versa. One Stop Systems (OSS) has created a new supercomputer-class server that eliminates these trade-offs.