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Intel IDF 2016 - Day 2 highlights: Silicon Photonics, Knights Mill Xeon Phi, 5G and distributed computing

By Vijay Anand - 18 Aug 2016

Intel IDF 2016 - Day 2 highlights: Silicon Photonics, Knights Mill Xeon Phi, 5G and distributed computing

This is the expected data explosion the world has to deal with by 2020.

A data driven future

Today, you probably have a smart TV and it could well be the only other smart device besides your mobile and tablets. Tomorrow, you could be having a smart fridge, smart washer, smart vacuum cleaner, smart cupboards, smart beds, smart pillows, a connected grill station, a connected air conditioning system, a connected air purifier, smart watering system, and probably the most endearing of all, the self-driving connected car. 

Given the number of new smart appliances that are being introduced as of late, it won’t be long before your home has not a few connected devices, but tens or even hundreds of gadgets, appliances and accessories that are all monitoring, generating data and communicating among themselves. And that’s just one household. Just how many families are in your block, neighborhood and town? The number of connected devices will grow exponentially as we get ‘smartified’.

How are the networks and data centers of today going to cope with the data explosion of tomorrow? That’s where innovations in technology such as Silicon Photonics, Knights Mill Xeon Phi, 5G, distributed computing and more, fall in place to bridge our smart and connected future!

Here are highlights from today’s keynote:-

 Dr.Murthy Renduchintala, president of Intel’s Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, discussed the innovations that drive the next revolution in technology.

The ‘connection effect’ – the exponential impact of connecting billions of people with tens of billions of things that will generate new levels of data; so much data that putting it to use effectively requires re-architecturing the technology infrastructure.

 Distributed compute and analytics is very crucial, especially in critical situations such as in firefighting and other life threatening/saving situations. And so Intel invited a real fire captain on stage to share his insights on the importance of accurate data analysis in an actual firefight and how their trial with advanced analytics has helped them.

Sensory information from the affected area are important insights for fire fighters to prepare for the situation and take precautionary measures.

Here are vital stats of fire fighters at the scene of the incident in real-time.

To bring such sensory information and analysis in a speedy manner, you need robust connectivity on the edge devices. That will be cornerstone of a smart city and the smart future.

5G connectivity is the answer.

To discuss more about 5G and its potential, Dr.Murthy Renduchintala called on other partners who’ve a vested interest in the 5G network for a roundtable discussion on stage:- Tom Keathley (SVP Wireless Network Architecture & Design for AT&T), Siezo Onoe (CTO of Docomo NTT) and John Gordon (CDO for Current powered by GE). Here are the key takeaways:-

But 5G is just about edge device communication.

The data center in the clouds is still the backend where everything takes place.

With increasing data transaction, processing and storage needs, the data center traffic is on the rise steeply and the fiber optics that is required for the I/O make up a significant cost of running data centers.

And after 16 years of research, Intel is introducing Silicon Photonics as a new class of high-speed optical connectivity products that removes existing network bottlenecks to unleash compute capacity and driving towards a future of an unconstrained data center connectivity.

Silicon Photonics combines the integrated circuit and the semiconductor laser so that data can be sent and received through light to enable further reach and higher throughput. There’s even a roadmap shared for even greater expectations of this technology in the near future.

With all the infrastructure in place, what’s next that we can expect to disrupt how services are offered? Artificial Intelligence.

Here are some interesting anecdotes form the keynote:-

For even higher efficiency training of A.I. and deep learning, Intel has announced their next-gen hardware – the third generation Xeon Phi, Knights Mill.

For more context on the announced Xeon Phi, check out our news piece.

Last, but not least, here’s the full keynote if you want to catch the full details:-

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