Commercial edge AI server for space cloud: Page 2 of 3

February 12, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Commercial edge AI server for space cloud
The Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2) set for launch to the International Space Station next week combines a commercial edge AI computing system and Intel-based HPE ProLiant server with a GPU.

by measuring level of emissions and other pollutants in the atmosphere and tracking objects moving in space and in the atmosphere from planes to missile launches  

“The most important benefit to delivering reliable in-space computing with Spaceborne Computer-2 is making real-time insights a reality. Space explorers can now transform how they conduct research based on readily available data and improve decision-making,” said Dr. Mark Fernandez, solution architect, Converged Edge Systems at HPE, and principal investigator for Spaceborne Computer-2. “We are honoured to make edge computing in space possible and through our longstanding partnerships with NASA and the International Space Station US National Laboratory, we are look forward to powering new, exciting research opportunities to make breakthrough discoveries for humanity.” 

“Edge computing provides core capabilities for unique sites that have limited or no connectivity, giving them the power to process and analyze data locally and make critical decisions quickly. With HPE Edgeline, we deliver solutions that are purposely engineered for harsh environments. Here on Earth, that means efficiently processing data insights from a range of devices - from security surveillance cameras in airports and stadiums, to robotics and automation features in manufacturing plants,” said Shelly Anello, General Manager, Converged Edge Systems at HPE.

“As we embark on our next mission in edge computing, we stand ready to power the harshest, most unique edge experience of them all: outer space. We are thrilled to be invited by NASA and the International Space Station to support this ongoing mission, pushing our boundaries in space and unlocking a new era of insight.”

Through a collaboration with Microsoft Azure Space, researchers around the world running experiments on Spaceborne Computer-2 can send bursts of data back to the Azure cloud for computationally intense processing and transmit results back to SBC-2.

Examples being considered by Microsoft Research include modeling and forecasting dust storms on earth to improve future predictions on Mars that can cover the entire red planet


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