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When will automobiles be fully autonomous on the road?

When will Automobiles be Fully Autonomous on the Road?

August 30, 2022

The idea and dream of a fully autonomous car is almost 100 years old. It was first formulated in the US magazine Scientific American. The reason for this was presumably the "American Wonder", a remote-controlled car that drove through Manhattan in 1925. After almost a century, it seems that the automotive industry is on the verge of reaching its goal of having driverless and fully autonomous vehicles participate in everyday traffic.  But when will it finally come? To answer this question, we need to examine the reasons why vehicles are not yet fully autonomous. 

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Artificial Intelligence in Navy Ships

Feb 07, 2023 

In the last few decades, the United States Navy has opened the door to upgrades and advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for its ship systems, command and control infrastructure and decision-making capabilities. The Naval Research Laboratory established the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence in 1981, and has been in the forefront of emerging technologies for Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning (AI/ML) applications for the United States Navy. These AI technologies are particularly found in two main areas: autonomous/unmanned systems and decision sciences.

The Plan

Jan 31, 2023 

The beginning of the year at a public company is inundated with a myriad of tasks which require a significant amount of time. The first task is writing annual performance reviews for each employee. This includes a review and assessment of achievement of goals from the previous year, and the establishing of goals for the new year. These are required to be written in SMART goal format; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time based. 

Which Cooling Method is Best for AI Transportables?

Jan 24, 2023 

The most powerful artificial intelligence computing hardware is designed to thrive in a datacenter environment where there is uncapped clean power, near limitless cooling capacity, and a vibration-free environment. The growth of AI use cases in vehicles including automated crop management, autonomous long-haul freight, and military ISR aircraft necessitates the use of datacenter-oriented hardware in vehicles – particularly for initial developments while more customized size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized embedded platforms are developed. 

[VIDEO] Features and Benefits of Centauri Rugged High-Speed Storage

Jan 17, 2023 

In this video, Jaan Mannik, Director of Commercial Sales at OSS, does a quick walkthrough of Centauri Storage Expansion. Centauri offers rugged high-speed storage in a compact chassis. Built as a modular storage expansion to the OSS 3U SDS, Centauri can store up to 256 TB of NVMe storage in its 8-drive canister. These canisters allow for tool-less bulk or individual drive removal and can be hot-swapped for ease of use in fast-paced environments. The system is compatible with 2.5" NVMe drives, and its PCIe Gen4 hardware facilitates high-speed storage throughput. 

Defining the Stages of Autonomous Driving

Jan 10, 2023 

Driver Assistance, Partial Driving Automation, Conditional Driving Automation, High Driving Automation, Full Driving Automation: These terms describe the five stages or levels on the way to an autonomous vehicle. This is what they mean.

Collaboration – A Key to Business Development Success

Dec 20, 2022 

With so many uncertainties and changes in the business world today, verses 2 years ago, it is tough to figure out which direction to head to make meaningful collaborations. COVID has turned the business world upside-down. Primarily, it has taken away the personalized touch from everyday business interactions. In the new world of working remotely, where no one is available to meet face-to-face, they often are not accepting or returning phone calls, and emails are routinely disregarded. This has made business development and consultative sales a challenge. The casual days of dropping off brochures and meeting people in company lobbies are long gone.  

Evolution of Artificial Intelligence

Dec 13, 2022 

With movies such as Terminator and iRobot gracing movie screens these days, the cause for concern regarding artificial intelligence (AI) is understandable.  However, society is still just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true power of AI machines and computers.  The following info graph will explain the evolution of AI and how OSS is helping to push the limits of artificial intelligence.

[Video] SC22: How So Many Things Can Go Wrong Before They Go Right

Dec 06, 2022 

For anyone who has worked in the trade show industry, planned a trade show, or exhibited at a trade show, you may already be aware that nothing with trade shows ever goes according to plan. You can spend a lot of time and effort planning everything to a tee, and it still doesn’t matter, because it’s almost a guarantee that something will go wrong.  

The Challenges of Designing with PCIe Gen 5 for AI Transportables

Nov 22, 2022 

In the world of digital computing, the fundamental determinant of performance is the ability to distinguish between an electrical signal representing a 1 or a 0.  The speed at which these transitions can be recognized on a system’s internal PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect determines the bandwidth of data that can be transmitted and acted upon. With PCIe Gen5, transitions from 1’s to 0’s must be recognized 32 billion times per second.  

VPX Takes a Back Seat to PCIe and NVLink for Military AI

Nov 15, 2022 

The need to keep US and allied troops out of harm’s way, while still pursuing battlefield superiority, increasingly requires a need for battlefield assets throughout the military theater to become fully autonomous.  Currently, most unmanned military vehicles are controlled remotely, but the military is expanding the role of autonomy within surface ships, submarine vessels, aircraft, and land vehicles to identify and take action on current and future threats. 

[VIDEO] Features and Benefits of the Rigel Edge Supercomputer

Nov 08, 2022 

In this video, Tom Fries, Government Sales Manager at OSS, does a quick walkthrough of the Rigel Edge Supercomputer. The Rigel Edge Supercomputer brings the power of NVIDIA® HGX™ A100 SXM GPUs to the rugged edge. The HGX A100 4-GPU backplane delivers 78 teraFLOPS of FP64 HPC performance using third generation NVIDIA NVLink™ technology. The GPUs are integrated with OSS PCIe Gen 4.0 expansion technology to take advantage of the latest AMD 3rd Gen EPYC processors while offering four PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 expansion slots for high-speed network interconnect, NVMe storage, or FPGA sensor capture. 

It Does Not have to be a Long Haul

Nov 01, 2022 

Whether it is the food you eat or the package you receive on the porch, everything we touch found its way into a semi-truck at some point.  There is a severe shortage of truck drivers and the costs are skyrocketing due to oil prices and inflation, putting at risk this fundamental aspect of American society that we take for granted. Fortunately, there is a solution on the horizon, backed by billions of dollars of investment, in the form of autonomous trucks.  Believe it or not, you have likely passed one of these trucks on the highway, as they have logged hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the country.  

Immersion Cooling for Transportable HPC

Oct 27, 2022 

The latest high-performance computing systems for AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications generate more heat than ever before. Datacenters have begun adoption of immersion cooling solutions that immerse the temperature-sensitive electronics in a non-conductive fluid which efficiently dissipates the heat. In parallel, many AI edge applications are transitioning from low-performing embedded systems to solutions which incorporate more advanced enterprise compute hardware. To solve both the thermal and structural challenges of the rugged edge, system integrators look to immersion cooling technology to meet their environmental specifications.

Evaluating the Use of Enterprise HPC Hardware in Autonomous Trucks

Oct 18, 2022 

In today’s high-performance computing technological landscape, there is a stark contrast between the compute capabilities of enterprise hardware in datacenters and low-performing embedded systems in edge and transportable environments. The autonomous trucking industry in particular has seen a growing need for higher performance compute, storage, and networking solutions in its rugged edge environments. While size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized embedded systems are the long-term objective of the industry, current autonomous trucking development platforms require access to high levels of compute to avoid any bottlenecks imposed upon their critical software developments. When looking to solve the developmental compute need of the autonomous truck industry through enterprise hardware – there are some important factors to consider.

What does an autonomous bus look like in 2035?

Oct 11, 2022 

Autonomous mobility has become increasingly important for many industries and we have only just started to see the tip of the iceberg. OEMs and system integrators have observed an increasing demand for automated heavy-duty vehicles such as buses, roboshuttles as well as trucks and are now facing an obligation to deliver.

Why move to PCIe Gen 5?

Oct 04, 2022 

With the availability of PCIe Gen 5 switches from Broadcom, One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS) is ready to enter the market by supporting multiple IO endpoints like GPUs, NVMe storage devices, and networking cards at the Edge and Data Centers. With the advent of these switches, OSS Engineering designs products that meet the needs of demanding software applications - like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and other high-performance computing. OSS has already engineered numerous multi-slot PCIe Gen 5 backplanes that enable dense configurations of IO inside and outside the server. In general, PCIe 5.0 technology allows for more system topologies than ever before.  Additionally, the feature-rich PCIe 5.0 switch designs help meet the needs of high-speed communications within a server, within a rack, and disaggregated solutions that use the PCIe bus.

[VIDEO] ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Expo 2022

Sep 27, 2022 

In this video, Jaan Mannik does a tour of the OSS booth at ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Expo 2022 in San Jose, CA. Jaan discusses the products showcased by OSS at ADAS and how they provide high-performance computing solutions for Edge AI in Autonomous Vehicles. OSS AI Transportable products provide autonomous vehicle optimized solutions for GPU acceleration, FPGA data ingest, and NVMe storage.  

Meeting the Data Storage Demands of the Autonomous Vehicles Industry

Sep 20, 2022 

As the forefront of the development of artificial intelligence and a key application within One Stop Systems’ “AI Transportable” industry, autonomous vehicles present an opportunity for innovation in designing ruggedized servers and high-capacity storage products. While none of the vehicles on the road today are truly self-driving, progress is being steadily made towards systems that can successfully predict and navigate everyday traffic. Autonomous cars and trucks being currently deployed are capable of driving with limited operator input, it is predicted that fully autonomous vehicles will be widely available by the end of the decade. One Stop Systems has had the unique opportunity to support this progression by developing products catered to the extensive storage needs of the autonomous vehicles industry.

Out-of-Band Management for Compute Systems on the Edge

Sep 13, 2022 

Out-of-Band (OOB) system management is a staple of the modern datacenter. The tools used by administrators have matured over the last 20 years to provide a variety of mission critical features for managing, monitoring, configuring, and updating computer systems independent of the host system’s resources. Intel led the way in the early days by defining a set of interface specifications for basic system management in 1998 called the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). Over the next 20 years, 200+ computer vendors joined support for the IPMI specifications. While IPMI has served us well over the years, it is showing its age with a myriad of security concerns and use of legacy standards that make managing modern hybrid infrastructures difficult and complicated. 

When will Automobiles be Fully Autonomous on the Road?

Aug 30, 2022 

The idea and dream of a fully autonomous car is almost 100 years old. It was first formulated in the US magazine Scientific American. The reason for this was presumably the "American Wonder", a remote-controlled car that drove through Manhattan in 1925. After almost a century, it seems that the automotive industry is on the verge of reaching its goal of having driverless and fully autonomous vehicles participate in everyday traffic.  But when will it finally come? To answer this question, we need to examine the reasons why vehicles are not yet fully autonomous. 

High Density GPUs & FPGAs in Edge Environments

Aug 23, 2022 

A June 4, 2020 congressional report, “Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Design for Great Power Competition”, reinforced the importance of the United States’ military continuing to develop ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities as threats grow around the world. The report states that the goal is to “make rapid sense of that data; securely deliver that data to weapons, weapon systems, and commanders; and possess a workforce that can execute its mission in competition and combat, at a pace greater than the enemy.”  

Partnering With Our Community: A Hands-On Experience

Aug 16, 2022 

Here at One Stop Systems, we continually strive to learn from our customers and employees in order to be better than the day before! What better way than to partner with our community and students in our home of San Diego? We hosted our 2nd annual OSS Summer Internship with students from California State San Marcos/Fullerton, UC San Diego, and the SDSU campuses!

PCIe vs. 5G: The Importance of HPC at the Edge

Aug 09, 2022 

Most of us are familiar with or have at least heard the term ‘Edge’ or ‘Edge Computing’ when discussing new high-performance computing (HPC) technologies around the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, etc. How many of us can explain the different levels of performance between PCIe and 5G, in relation to edge computing? Moreover, why is it important when discussing (HPC) at the edge? In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at the increasing need for greater performance at the edge and what HPC applications benefit from PCIe vs. 5G.

Why can’t I put the AI hardware I need in rugged military environments?

Aug 02, 2022 

On June 8th 2022, the DOD’s chief information officer, John B. Sherman, held a fireside chat with Craig Martell, DOD's chief digital and artificial intelligence officer, at the DOD Digital and AI Symposium as reported by the DOD News. The article stresses the importance of digital transformation and artificial intelligence in enabling warfighters to maintain a battlefield advantage, even as China and Russia develop their own AI for military purposes. 

AI Model Validation and Edge Computing

Jul 26, 2022 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning in edge computing require testing data sets to provide accuracy and efficiency. How can this be done? Processing data sets and information through a model to make sure it achieves its intended purpose is done through a process known as model validation.

AI and Autonomous Capabilities of Tomorrow in Farming

Jul 19, 2022 

Between climate change and feeding the world: The world's farmers take on the vital task of supplying food to the world's ever-growing population. In this context, they face daily challenges such as the effects of climate change, rising commodity prices, or improving animal welfare, while they have to make their own production sustainable.

[VIDEO] Features and Benefits of the Short Depth Server (SDS)

Jul 12, 2022 

In this video, Braden Cooper, Product Marketing Manager at OSS, does a quick walkthrough of the OSS PCIe Gen 4 3U Short Depth Server (both AMD and Intel versions). The SDS has configurable motherboard options in a feature packed rugged server platform for GPU or FPGA accelerated computing, U.2/U.3 NVMe storage, and PCIe Gen 4 expansion.

The AI Transportable Hardware Path: From Ingesting Data to Actionable Intelligence

Jun 28, 2022 

While most AI workflows occur in the controlled environment of datacenters where servers have the HPC resources the applications need, many current AI applications require some or all the AI workflow steps to be performed out in the field, in harsh environmental conditions.  Until now, companies with applications on the ‘edge’ have had to rely on low-performance hardware or deal with the latency of uploading data to the cloud; rugged edge-computing devices, like industrial PCs and IOT devices, are able to withstand the extreme environmental factors of harsh environments, but they do not come close to offering the same computational performance of servers in a datacenter.  Because of this, AI applications on the ‘edge’ have had to compromise on performance, but not anymore!

Edge Computing at the very edge, when all the time you have is now

Jun 21, 2022 

Tires screeching to a halt, your car’s edge computer has predicted a collision warning and acted according to its scripted protocol without communication to a network. Edge computers of all sizes are taking the power of the data center and access of the cloud into environments where sensors and/or cameras are located.

It’s All About the Numbers

Jun 14, 2022 

One Stop Systems’ strategic focus is on artificial intelligence (AI) Transportables, a term self-defined by OSS to mean anything that moves or is transportable that requires the latest in technology, at the edge, operating in a harsh environment. Basically, the capabilities of the highest performance data center in the field. Though this definition incorporates a myriad of applications, one industry of focus is the use of such capabilities in autonomous or self-driving, long-haul trucks.

Government vs Commercial Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

Jun 07, 2022 

The words “Artificial Intelligence” may conjure up many images of science fiction books and movies. There may be many assumptions and misconceptions of how artificial intelligence is used, but artificial intelligence (AI) is predominantly used in the business world for both commercial and government applications.  

Preservation of VPX Investment and AI Transportable GPU Platforms

May 24, 2022 

The OpenVPX standards occupy a special place in deployed military compute platforms.  Designed as a successor to VME64, the OpenVPX (ANSI 65) and related standards such as SOSA have offered the opportunity to package COTS systems that meet the challenging environmental and electrical requirements of military vehicles across all services.  AI Transportable systems incorporate GPUs and switched fabrics that were not envisioned by the existing standard and threaten to force significant new investment in product development before deployment of next generation systems such as C4ISR. 

[VIDEO] AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022: Edge AI for Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2022 

In this video, Michael Bradley does a tour of the OSS booth at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 in Orlando, FL from April 26-28. Michael discusses the products we showcased at XPONENTIAL and how they provide solutions for Edge AI for Autonomous Vehicles. OSS AI Transportable products can provide solutions for GPU acceleration, FPGA data ingest, and NVMe storage.  

What is the True Value of AS9100?

May 10, 2022 

Let’s start with a little background for anyone that doesn’t know what AS-9100 means or why you would have it at all.  AS-9100 is a quality management system, developed to address the holes that aerospace companies found in the ISO-9001 standard in the way they needed to do business for their customers.  It was initially ratified in 1999, and has since gone through 4 revisions to our current version today, which is AS-9100D.

[VIDEO] Sea Air Space 2022: Edge AI for the Military Theater

May 03, 2022 

In this video, Tom Fries performs a tour of the One Stop Systems (OSS) booth at Sea Air Space (SAS) 2022 in National Harbor, MD, which took place April 4-6. Tom discusses the products we showcased at SAS, and how they provide solutions for Edge AI for the Military Theater.  OSS' AI Transportable products can provide solutions for GPU acceleration, FPGA data ingest, and NVMe storage.

Is 5G Fast Enough for the Edge?

Apr 26, 2022 

5G networks are the key for a worldwide digital transformation, impacting AI and edge computing as well as smart cities, while also providing high-speed data transfer in real-time for enterprises across every vertical market segment. New applications are constantly emerging on the market, taking advantage of the cellular networks’ super-low latency and much higher bandwidth. 

Autonomous Trucks: Current and Future State

Apr 19, 2022 

With the well-documented shortage of semi-truck drivers currently in the United States, where do we stand in terms of developing and deploying autonomous trucks?  Will autonomous long-haul trucks take jobs away from drivers?  Are fully autonomous trucks safe for the roads?  What does the future look like for autonomous trucks?  These are all great questions. This blog will discuss all that and more, so let’s jump in and discuss it.

[VIDEO] Features and Benefits of the 4U Pro

Apr 12, 2022 

In this video, Jim Ison will do a quick walkthrough of the OSS 4U Pro Gen4 PCIe Expansion System. The 4U Pro is a rugged AI Transportable system that provides optimized, configurable PCIe Gen4 expansion for edge AI applications with up to 256 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) bi-directional host to expansion bandwidth and 768 GB/s aggregate system bandwidth. 

Why do Autonomous Trucks need Powerful GPUs?

Apr 05, 2022 

Typical Artificial Intelligence workflows are well understood. The classic example is image recognition distinguishing between an image of a cat or a dog.  The first step is performed by data scientists who create a model they train using large sets of tagged data.  The models are iteratively refined by the data scientists to achieve higher and higher levels of accuracy. Once the refined model is trained it can be deployed and new images can be presented to it for inferencing.  The AI inferencing process results in a never seen before image being classified as either a cat or a dog. 

Past and Future of AI Compute Technology

Mar 29, 2022 

When you take a step back and look at today’s high-performance computing and AI technological ecosystem, it is a field dominated by the power of GPUs in compute acceleration.  For the layperson, the term “Graphical Processing Unit” would not stand out as the core component in processing massive datasets at unprecedented speeds – with no graphics involved.  The transition from CPU to GPU core computing in HPC and AI/ML applications, and the further development of GPU technologies since, is the fundamental driving force behind today’s most cutting-edge applications.  Modern AI spans practically all industries including piloting the most sophisticated autonomous vehicles, detecting previously unseeable fraud patterns in the financial industry, and increasing productivity through automation in mining, oil and gas, and farming. 

AI Transportables in the Military Theater of Tomorrow

Mar 22, 2022 

Independent of the administration in office, one of the top priorities for today and the next couple of decades is the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) throughout all the branches of the armed forces. Many of these applications are AI Transportables requiring performance without compromise in harsh and challenging environments. This post will cover some of the driving factors, paint the picture of tomorrow and discuss how we will continue to protect our freedom with military superiority.

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