February 2021

“Drive it, Test it, Crash it… Before It’s Even Built”

first_imgJaguar Land Rover has always been one of the most distinguished automotive brands on the planet. By embracing Big Data, they’re now also one of the most technologically advanced. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has dramatically accelerated its design and engineering collaboration and performance by virtue of its amazing new 3D Virtual Simulation & High Performance Computing (HPC) ecosystem. It’s a quantum-leap for JLR in the automotive industry and a distinct competitive advantage. And these transformative IT tools feature prominent roles for scale out NAS and Intel’s x86 HPC architecture.In the “good old days” of automotive development, lead designers would be lucky to get 1/100 new vehicle prototypes into production. Many great ideas died in the earliest stages, as designs were deemed “impossible” or at least impractical by the engineers. The auto prototype killer has always been cost, as it can cost up to $500 million to design, test and build a new auto product.IT has transformed all that.Next-Generation 3D Virtual Simulation, as the visualization end of an HPC ecosystem, now allows JLR’s designers and engineers to collaborate in unprecedented fashion for the automotive industry, designing, testing, and even crashing multiple prototype vehicles thousands of times before they have to actually build them. This unique new technology is enabling quantum leaps in the automotive design and engineering process, yielding four key benefits:Multiple iterations of design prototypesDramatically faster time to marketMajor cost savingsHuge reductions in environmental impact.This new Big Data-driven virtual simulation has effectively transformed JLR, with the Range Rover Evoque as its proof-of-concept. Already the winner of Motor Trend’s “2012 SUV of the Year” and over 120 other major industry awards, the Range Rover Evoque is also selling extremely well. As a result, JLR is now applying its new-found Big Data capabilities to the development of an unprecedented 40 new models and product updates.This new use of Big Data to drive innovation in auto design is the focus of the pilot episode of “At The Intersection,” which includes behind-the-scenes interviews with auto-industry luminaries such as Land Rover Lead Designer Gerry McGovern. The new series is hosted by all-time Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings and includes a panel discussion among Tom Roloff, COO of EMC Consulting, and David Tuhy, GM of the Intel Storage Group.For more information on how Big Data and virtual simulation are transforming the automotive industry, check out www.intersectshow.com.last_img read more

The #1 in Hyperconverged Infrastructure Adopting Latest PowerEdge Servers

first_imgIt’s an exciting time for innovation in technology. We’ve all heard these technology buzz words: Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and augmented and virtual reality. It’s hard to even imagine what’s next. What we do know is that to stay competitive in this world of ever-emerging technology, you need to transform or get left behind.One way that organizations are transforming their business is through hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). The agility, scalability and flexibility HCI delivers continues to drive customer adoption, with the industry growing close to 50% since this time last year. And once again, thanks to our fantastic customers, Dell EMC is #1 in HCI system sales with 32% share.[1]What makes the Dell EMC HCI portfolio so powerful? One big reason is that our portfolio is built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. That’s right, the #1 hyperconverged systems portfolio is powered by the #1 server portfolio, and, together, we offer industry-leading solutions, built on architecture optimized for HCI workloads, that deliver the latest and greatest technology.And now, the best in hyperconverged infrastructure gets even better as Dell EMC HCI offerings, including VxRail, VxFlex and partner aligned solutions, begin shipping in configurations that include the latest PowerEdge servers with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ technology. These PowerEdge enhancements make it simple to incorporate new technologies that drive better business results and support your workloads faster and easier. New fibre channel (FC) HBA support for VxRail allows you to more easily migrate to HCI, and continue to run traditional workloads that demand the data services and storage depth provided by FC storage arrays. Plus, Dell EMC HCI integrated systems built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers provide a single point of support with full lifecycle management for the entire system. It’s a winning solution.As data volumes continue to grow, you need to ensure you have the right infrastructure in place to handle the increase in processing demands. On Dell EMC VxRail, our flagship product and the fastest growing HCI system, we saw an average increase of 28% in processor performance with the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors.[2] In addition, VxRail becomes even more powerful with the addition of Intel® Optane™ SSDs as a cache drive. In testing on certain workloads using Intel Optane drives, we saw a reduction in latency of up to 30% for VxRail.We strive to create cutting-edge solutions that help our customers do more. And introducing this new Intel technology delivers on this goal by taking our HCI portfolio to the next level. What it means to our customers is a more consistent, predictable and reliable high-performing hyperconverged infrastructure – and this is part of what is fueling the rapid growth of the hyperconverged market. So whatever technology you are looking to implement, whether now or in the future, rest assured that Dell EMC HCI solutions built on the latest PowerEdge servers can get you there.Learn more about Dell EMC Hyperconverged Infrastructure solutions.[1] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, June 25, 2019[2] Among top 3 product brands, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, June 25, 2019last_img read more

Building the First Data Confidence Fabric

first_imgI recently worked with a team of Dell Technologies specialists to finish building the first-ever Data Confidence Fabric (DCF for short). Today, Dell Technologies announced that our prototype code will be contributed to the Linux Foundation to seed Project Alvarium.I’d like to share some of the history behind the seeding of Project Alvarium and how our team at Dell Technologies came to initiate the overall effort.For several years, the CTO of the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT business unit has been touting a vision of data monetization. However, it’s hard to monetize untrusted Edge and IoT data. As he likes to say, “It’s midnight. Do you know where your data has been?”Enterprise storage systems have delivered trusted data to applications for a long time. We started our initial investigation wondering if these same trust principles could be applied to Edge and IoT ecosystems. Recent developments in data valuation, distributed ledgers, and data marketplaces facilitated everything coming together.How was this architecture built at Dell Technologies?We observed that as Edge and IoT data and applications travel toward each other, they cross multiple boundaries such as networks, trust zones, stakeholders, organizations, firewalls, and geographies. We realized that in order to make this work – no single entity can own the trust – after all, imagine if one company owned the internet. Instead, an open-framework must be created in which trust can be inserted and confidence scores calculated. This would enable applications to not only analyze data but also calculate confidence scores that reflect how credible the data is and it became evident to us that it was time to write some code.1st Level of TrustWe started with the EdgeX Foundry chair of the Core Working Group, Trevor Conn. Trevor wrote the first-ever Data Confidence Fabric software using Go Lang, the same programming language EdgeX is written in. His Data Confidence Fabric software registered with EdgeX as a client and began processing simulated device data. The initial confidence score for this data was “0” (no trust was inserted).Dell Technologies then hired three computer science interns from Texas A&M to deploy EdgeX and the Data Confidence Fabric software on a Dell Gateway 3000 with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip. Suffice it to say, the keyboards were smoking hot and the Mountain Dew was flowing freely. The first level of trust insertion used the TPM chip to “sign” simulated data. Then we modified EdgeX to validate the signature by using the TPM’s public key.2nd Level of TrustEdgeX was then adjusted to support N-S-E-W authentication by using VMware’s open-source Lightwave technology. The second level of trust insertion occurred when EdgeX rejected all requests for data except for those coming from the Data Confidence Fabric software.3rd Level of TrustDell Boomi software was invoked by the Data Confidence Fabric software to gather provenance and appended this metadata to the sensor reading. This third level of trust insertion gives an application increased confidence in the history of the data.4th Level of TrustThe Data Confidence Fabric software then stored the data locally using IPFS (an immutable, open-source storage system). This fourth level of trust insertion gives an application confidence that the data/provenance has not been tampered with. It also has the additional benefit of enabling analytics to access data closer to the source.5th Level of TrustThe Data Confidence Fabric software then registered the data into VMware’s blockchain (based on the open-source Project Concord consensus algorithm). This fifth level of trust insertion contains the pointer to the data, as well as the confidence history/score.Creating a Trust ScoreHow was the score calculated? For the sake of demonstration, addition was used to try and shoot for a “Perfect 10”.This represents a sample of how a score can be created, but going forward, confidence scoring algorithms will be established through vendor-neutral collaboration in Project Alvarium.Our first Data Confidence Fabric uses a configuration file, but going forward, the industry can create a dynamic framework in which trust insertion components register themselves and are inserted on-the-fly. We believe there is not single DCF, rather each organization decides what works for them and confidence scores are generated by the open algorithms that take different factors into consideration.I mentioned before that Dell Boomi software played a big role in this Data Confidence Fabric and I wanted to share some thoughts on the project from Dell Boomi’s CTO, Michael J. Morton. According to Michael, “The concept of a trust fabric will increasingly become critical in order to make reliable and non-damaging business decisions due to the ever-increasing volume and velocity of Edge data, as well as the increasing risk of tainted data going undetected. In order to securely collect the metadata that is used in producing confidence scores, the Dell Boomi integration platform-as-a service was used to demonstrate how to accomplish this necessity, as well as a technology option of the loosely-coupled Project Alvarium framework.”In closing, I’d like to say that coding the first Data Confidence Fabric was a fulfilling experience. We strived to use open source technologies whenever and wherever possible,    but we also demonstrated that all vendors can benefit from Project Alvarium in that trust        fabrics can be built from a mix of open source and commercial technologies.last_img read more

Russia, US exchange documents to extend nuclear pact

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russia and the United States have exchanged documents to extend their last remaining nuclear arms control pact days before it is set to expire. A Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the two leaders voiced satisfaction with the move to extend the New START treaty. The extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify it. Members of the Kremlin-controlled parliament said they would fast-track the issue and complete the necessary steps this week. New START expires on Feb. 5. After taking office last week, Biden proposed extending the treaty for five years.last_img read more

Polish farmers seek cash after virus-infected minks culled

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — A farmers’ organization in Poland is pressing the government to compensate mink farmers in case the animals have to be culled because of the coronavirus. The organization dispatched a letter to deputy agriculture minister on Tuesday asking for compensation following a recent decision to cull thousands of mink at a farm in northern Poland, where four out of 20 tested animals were infected with the coronavirus. The animals were culled Monday, in the country’s first such instance. The law doesn’t make farmers eligible for government compensation and the farmers’ organization wants that changed. Poland is one of the world’s biggest producers of mink furs.last_img read more

Biden, at prayer breakfast, calls out ‘political extremism’

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has called for a confrontation of the “political extremism” that inspired the U.S. Capitol riot in remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Thursday’s breakfast is a Washington tradition that asks political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning. Biden is the latest in a long line of presidents to address it. The breakfast gave the nation’s second Catholic president a chance to talk about his vision of faith. The event has sparked controversy in the past, particularly when President Donald Trump used last year’s installment to slam his political opponents. Some liberals view the event warily because of the conservative faith-based group that’s behind it.last_img read more