What Is Edge Computing?
Edge computing brings compute power and storage closer to the edge of a network where data generation occurs. Moving compute power, storage, and connectivity closer to the source of data generation delivers substantial business benefits, including real-time data analysis and decision making, a foundation for machine intelligence. By eliminating issues associated with latency and increasing the amount of bandwidth near IoT sensors, enterprise businesses can achieve better productivity and automation across operation technology (OT) to information technology (IT) processes.
How Edge Compute Works
Edge Computing models enable symbiotic relationships between purpose-built hardware and software working together for interoperability into millions of connected IoT devices, large limitless data sets, and cognitive situational awareness through smart sensors and machine learning algorithms trained for AI.
The explosion of IoT technology and sensors help generate incredible amounts of data to help inform better machine learning and intelligent modeling.
Real-time data access and insights are enabling the edge for more intelligence and automation where inference analysis can provide real-time processing
Strategic actions based on data and insights improve costs, mitigate risks, and improve productivity and efficiency with greater agility.
Resource-Intensive Training of algorithms can be done in the cloud and then shared out to the edge where lighter inference capabilities can quickly act on data.
- Deloitte Insights
Why is Edge Computing Increasing In Importance?
Edge computing devices are becoming more important thanks to the explosion of data generated from the explosion of IoT devices.
As sensory data increases every year, edge computing allows the data to be processed in real-time, resulting in faster decision-making, faster response times, and improved automation when it matters most.
Key Industry Trends
- Less Reliance on the cloud but better workload utilization for real-time intelligence
- Creates more autonomous control loops for IT to OT productivity and efficiency for cyberphysical infrastructure
- Localized processing in close proximity to data, provides machine learning through inference analysis and real-time cognitive awareness
- Ultra-low latency use cases and immediate response times with advanced connectivity technologies (5G and Wifi 6)
- Achieve greater automation and better business decisions with machine intelligence
Why Does Edge Computing Need to be Rugged?
Location, Location, Location...
Rugged edge computing is backed by our industrial-grade designs that have endured rigorous environmental testing and validation in certified test labs. Our rugged edge computers help bring processing power, storage, and connectivity closer to the source of data generation in the most volatile IoT deployments today. Modern day computing hardware for scalable edge computing needs to be small, rugged, power-efficient, and performance driven. Many new edge computing applications are being deployed in rugged, remote, and mobile locations requiring the ruggedization of the hardware for mission-critical reliability.
Dust & Debris
The fanless design of rugged edge computers allows for passive cooling of the system, making edge computing solutions excellent for handling deployment in environments where they will be exposed to dust, debris, humidity, and extreme temperatures
Rugged edge PCs are engineered and built using wide temperature range components, creating a system that's very capable of being deployed in environments that experience extremely cold and extremely hot temperatures, ranging from -40°C to 85°C.
Shock & Vibration
Rugged edge computers employ a cableless design, utilize SSDs (solid-state drives), and have reduced the number of joints, allowing them to withstand exposure to frequent shocks and vibrations in compliance with the MIL-STD-810G.
Low Power Consumption
Edge computing hardware utilizes powerful yet energy-efficient processors that consume little power and produce even less heat, making them ideal for deployment in remote locations. These systems feature over-voltage, over-current, and reverse polarity protection to prevent any damage from unstable power supply.
Rugged computers utilize a compact design, giving them a small footprint. The small footprint permits deployment in space-constrained environments. With different mounting options like wall mount and DIN rail mount, rugged edge computer can be installed quickly and easily.
Benefits Of Rugged Edge Computing
Bridging the IoT Data
Sensor data from IoT endpoints will continue to increase everyday with millions of devices coming online everyday. Computing resources shifted closer to data generation provide real-time insights.
Rugged edge computers offer ultra-low latency compute power at the edge by tapping into the latest advanced wireless technologies in 5G and Wifi 6 networks, allowing for real-time data telemetry for the most critical workloads.
Reduce Bandwidth Usage
Edge computing solutions reduce the amount of required internet bandwidth since they process data locally at the source of data generation, only sending post-processed data to the cloud for remote monitoring and control.
Internet traffic bandwidth, cloud computing services, and data processing duration are all high cost that can be greatly reduced with edge computing. In addition, rugged edge computers can save energy cost by utilizing power efficient processors.
In any event that cloud computing is interrupted, disconnected, or unavailable, rugged edge computers still can service. Any damages and errors from IoT devices can be detected for immediate actions.
TPM 2.0 secures rugged edge computing hardware from being tampered with. With less data has to be sent to the cloud for processing, this reduce the possibility of packages being lost and targeted.
Enterprise AI and Machine learning models require a blend of versatile hardware and dedicated software to meet each unique intelligence need. With leading-edge computing, AI solutions are thoroughly trained, optimized and deployed for immediate efficiency for real-time insights.
Rugged Edge Products
Edge computing devices come in a variety of different types that include, mini Iot gateways, fanless edge computers, and industrial grade embedded computers. As more processing power shifts closer to decentralized environments in remote, mobile, and harsh outdoor settings, computing solutions need to be ruggedized for reliability and power-efficiency
AI Edge Inference Computers
Deploy machine learning and run proven inference detection with ruggedized computing solutions purpose-built to deliver the highest-performance in processing (CPU & GPU), NVMe storage, and advanced connectivity
Fanless Mini IoT Gateways
Aggregate mission critical IoT sensor data with rugged and hardened IoT gateways that enable data telemetry from multiple endpoints into the cloud for more dashboard analytics.
Industrial Embedded Computers
Streamline Industry 4.0 automation with industrial-grade computing solutions for the harshest manufacturing environments requiring better data analysis for predictive insight and better productivity
Small Form Factor Computers
Purpose-built computing hardware to meet the toughest demands in rugged, mobile, and remote applications that require decentralized processing as close to data generation.
Purpose-built and compliant for intelligent transportation and automotive applications requiring strict compliance for in-vehicle computing hardware
HMI Panel PC and Industrial Monitors
Integrate IP Rated All-In-One touchscreen displays to assist with automation and efficiency for in-line production equipment in the harshest IoT data processing applications
HPC Storage Servers for Micro Edge Datacenter
Data from thousands of IoT sensors, gateways, and industrial computers can be stored and managed in micro edge datacenters for maximum accessibility. High performance and dense storage servers provide access to mission critical data when it matters most
Why Choose Premio For Rugged Edge Computers
Expertise In The Design, Engineering and Manufacturing for Edge Computers for industry 4.0 automation and rugged IoT deployments in remote and mobile applications
- 30+ years of extensive design expertise in rugged computing solutions focused for reliability and longevity
- Thermal simulation chambers to guarantee wide operating temperatures remote and mobile edge deployments
- Global turnkey manufacturing and support infrastructure to accelerate scalable mass deployments in rugged edge computing solutions
- Long Product Life Cycles to ensure hardware reliability
- Deep understanding of IoT technologies in computation, storage, and connectivity designed for edge computing
- Regulatory testing and compliance options for rugged edge computers in the North America Markets
Premio is part of Intel’s Parner Alliance Program that provides special access to semiconductor silicon solutions and powerful processing technology. As Titanium members Premio designs and manufacture system level computing solutions from the edge to the cloud. Learn More ...
Premio is part of Nvidia Partner Network that provides in-depth knowledge into the latest technologies powering machine learning and artificial intelligence. Our rugged edge computing solutions are validated to support enterprise performance acceleration cards (GPUs) from Nvidia’s portfolio of compute, virtualization, and visualization products. Learn More ...
Premio’s edge computers are certified to run AWS IoT Greengrass for developers requiring a less centralized processing platform for their IoT network. AWS IoT Greengrass empowers edge computers to act locally on the data they collect and generate. Learn More ...
Premio edge computer are pre-certified for data telemetry to connect to Microsoft Azure IoT that enables a collection of cloud services that connect, monitor, and control IoT assets. Learn More ...
Rugged edge computing is used to enable applications that require real-time, low latency data processing and storage in volatile environments that are not friendly to regular desktop computers.
An example of edge computing includes deploying an edge computer in a desert to monitor and control oil production machinery and equipment. An edge computer is one that’s deployed in close proximity to the source of data generation where people must make decisions. In this example, the edge computer would gather information from the oil production machinery, and process and analyze it in real-time, enabling operators to make quick decisions. Additionally, edge computers can be used for remote monitoring and control of oil and gas production assets.
Another application that requires real-time low latency data processing is autonomous vehicles, where edge computers must process, analyze, and make decisions in as little as a second millisecond.
Rugged edge computing matters because it brings real-time, low latency compute and storage power closer to the source of data generation in harsh environments that regular, consumer-grade desktop PCs cannot survive. Some applications, such as autonomous vehicles, remote monitoring and control of machinery and equipment, surveillance and security, and factory automation. Edge computing matters because it enables these applications that would not otherwise be possible without edge computing. These applications often require real-time data process and analysis, relying on the cloud is not possible because the time it takes data to travel thousands of miles from the origin device to the cloud and back often takes a few seconds, which is simply too long for applications that require real-time decision making. Furthermore, edge computing matters because it alleviates the burden placed on the cloud as the number data-generating IoT devices continues to increase.
- Small, power-efficient compute architectures both is multi-core CPU and GPU performance driven accelerators
- Faster memory and computational storage
- Wireless 5G Networks for sub millisecond data processing for lower latency, more bandwidth and faster connectivity in real-time
- Streamline balance for workload consolidation and localization of data processing specific to application
Although edge computing is not new since some forms of edge computers were used to store, process, and distribute data since the mid 1990s. However, recently, there has been a noticeable growth in the number of edge computers being deployed, and the number is only expected to grow as 5G technology is rolled out. Industry leading analysts estimate that the edge computing market will be worth of $43 Billion by 2027.
Edge computing is not replacing cloud computing, instead edge computing compliments and improves cloud computing. Edge computing reduces the burden placed on the cloud by storing, processing, and analyzing data on edge computer, only sending data that sets off certain triggers to the cloud for remote monitoring and analysis. This alleviates the burden placed on the cloud for continual increase in the number of IoT devices. Major enterprise cloud companies like Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS offer dashboard management for device control and connectivity from the cloud.
Cloud computing involves the delivery of computing services, such as storage and computing power over the internet, allowing users to access services using their own computer from anywhere around the world without having to invest in the infrastructure required to store and process their data.
On the other hand, edge computing is more decentralized and involves the deployment of edge computing devices at the edges of a network. The edge computing devices are placed close to the source of data generation to process data locally. Edge computing has enabled mobile computing as well as IoT technologies.
- Ubiquitous Intelligence (IoT + Cloud + AI) - Modeling training and inferencing workloads disaggregated and distribute across new AI applications accessible by data insights
- Edge Cloud Computing (5G + Cloud) - Base stations and cloud nodes communicating with endpoints for data but also still in proximity for necessary compute power and ultra reliable latency. Balance workload dedicated to the mission-crtical applications
- Autonomous Infrastructure – (5G +AI) Autonomy is a means to scale economically and operationally. Fully intelligent automation can reduce cost, mitigate risk, and prevent unwanted downtime.
Achieving real-time decision making and predictive analytics is an increasingly strategic goal among industrial operations – an imperative fueled by rapid digital transformation and a growing appetite for automation upgrades across the broad spectrum of commercial and manufacturing applications. Rugged edge computing plays a critical role in this landscape, accelerating data processing based on a variety of sensor input data and enabling access and analytics close to the data source. For example, the primary goal of many new IoT applications is the delivery of a level of intelligence refined beyond human capabilities or pace. In these applications, machine learning is required but must be supported by dedicated hardware to process and run algorithms effectively.