The kit is built around a COM Express Type 6 module powered by an Intel Xeon E2 processor. It features three virtual machines (VMs) which have been built on Real-Time Systems’ hypervisor technology for workload consolidation in vision applications. The first VM uses a vision-based AI application that is based on the Intel OpenVino software for situational awareness. The second VM is real-time capable for deterministic control software. The final VM is used as an IIoT/Industry 4.0 gateway. congatec’s kit was developed in partnership with Intel and Real-Time Systems. It is intended to be used for vision-based collaborative robotics, automation controls, autonomous vehicles and other applications that must tackle multiple tasks in parallel. These tasks often require situational awareness using deep-learning-based AI algorithms.
The VMs allow the different tasks to be consolidated on a single computing platform. Intel OpenVino software provides the AI for situational awareness. All that is required is for users to upload control to the real-time VM and real-time control can be achieved using data from the situational awareness VM and real-time communication with IIoT/Industry 4.0 counterparts.
“Workload consolidation demand is rapidly increasing in vision based situational awareness applications: Machine controls, collaborative robotics and autonomous vehicles need virtualization, as OEMs don’t want to assign the different control, vision and networking tasks to multiple dedicated systems,” explains Martin Danzer, Director Product Management at congatec.
congatec’s ‘Intel IoT RFP Kit’ includes a COM Express Type 6 module based platform with Intel Xeon E2 processor, a Basler vision camera, a pendulum controlled by a demo controller, and an Intel Arria 10 FPGA card from REFLEX CES. The platform has three pre-installed application ready VMs using Real-Time Systems’ hypervisor technology. One VM analyses videos using Intel OpenVino software, the second VM runs real-time Linux to control the balance of an inverted pendulum in real-time. The third partition hosts a gateway for IIoT/Industry 4.0 connectivity.