Recently, Intel and Alibaba announced a series of ways they are working together to power “data-centric” computing, including the launch of a Joint Edge Computing Platform. The announcements came out at the Alibaba Yunqi Conference 2018 in Hangzhou, China.
The new platform is an open architecture that integrates Intel’s software, hardware, and AI technologies with Alibaba Cloud IoT products. It uses computer vision and AI to convert data at the edge into business insights and allows enterprises to develop customizable device-to-cloud IoT solutions for different edge computing scenarios, including industrial manufacturing, smart building, and smart community, among others.
The Joint Edge Computing Platform was recently applied in Chongqing Refine-Yumei Die Casting (Yumei) factories. According to Alibaba and Intel, it increases defect detection speed five times in comparison to manual detection.
Alibaba is so interested in IoT that it is not only collaborating with chip companies but also launching its own new semiconductor subsidiary, focused on customized AI chips and embedded processors, to support its IoT businesses.
New cloud service Stack Industry Alliance
Furthermore, the two companies are also coming up with the Apsara Stack Industry Alliance, a cloud service stack offering big data, middleware, security, and IaaS.
The companies revealed that on the upcoming “Singles Day” global shopping festival in China, Alibaba will test the next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel’s upcoming Optane DC persistent memory.
Alibaba Cloud and Intel buckled up to provide Olympic Broadcasting Services
The Olympic Broadcasting Services Cloud system, to be launch for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will offer all the necessary cloud components in specialized configurations that can bear the highly demanding content production, and handle volumetric content delivery at the Olympic Games in 2020 at Tokyo.
The platform, considerably designed and implemented with Olympic Broadcasters in mind, will run on the Intel Xeon scalable processors, offers a suite of tools including supercomputing capabilities, high-speed connectivity, directly from the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). In addition, it will be an easily accessible cloud storage, real-time monitoring, live video and audio broadcasting services, and media processing.