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Inspur 2022 Predictions: HPC, open-source firmware and AI vs 5G - What 2022 has in store

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2022.  Read them in this 14th annual series exclusive.

HPC, open-source firmware and AI vs 5G - What 2022 has in store

By Alan Chang, Vice President, Technical Operations, Inspur

Enterprises have traditionally embraced high performance computing (HPC) and made it a part of their applications. HPC provides the speed that enterprises need for processing in certain scenarios. Some specific use cases include the use of high frequency training on Wall Street and genome decoding in the pharmaceutical industry, any industry that needs fast calculations.

What we see on the horizon and predict for HPC is the blending in and optimization of machine learning and artificial intelligence into the technology. Previously, HPC code was not universally portable and there were other rules that had to be met. But for today's application of machine learning and artificial intelligence in a high-performance computing environment, we are able to ask questions we have never been able to ask before and we receive the answers more quickly than we have ever anticipated.

When we step back and compare where we are now opposed to 10 years ago, it's clear to see that the Open Compute Project is headed in a healthy direction. There are myriad subgroups with concentrations on different topics of the dataset. A decade ago, the OCP was laser focused and emphasized the hardware itself and how it would fit in certain environments. Today, we have so many interesting subgroups that focus on immersion cooling, open firmware and so much more.

Most critically, open-source firmware is gaining momentum. And our next prediction is that 2022 will see a major gain in traction for it. Firmware is the most powerful software that runs on a platform. And the majority of it is closed-source-but that is changing. Open-source firmware is on the side of the end user, regardless of the cloud service provider or enterprise. There are so many important reasons for the use of open-source firmware such as removing backdoors and bugs, improved user interface, functionality across brands and models, as well. With open-source firmware, the end user takes ownership of the source code empowering them to configure against security threats and control how long the code is as well as the boot process. Open-source firmware means the end user gains control over what is happening in their data center. Open-source firmware is headed in a healthy direction, and we predict increased adoption in 2022.

Our final prediction considers the million-dollar question, "What's next?"  Today AI and 5G are two of the biggest trends that are on their way to revolutionizing the entire HPC industry. However, we do not see AI and 5G as two separate entities. We are still in the midst of a learning curve to understand the totality of the promise of AI and we are training our workforces to understand how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help us be more productive. But as time progresses, we see AI and 5G becoming one big topic. Why?  Consider what it takes to power a smart city. How do you deploy the AI needed to power the city or autonomous vehicles and drones that will service it? 5G is the necessary component, locally, on the ground that will enable the data to move swiftly. 5G is the framework that supports and moves the massive amounts of data that AI needs to execute successfully. AI provides 5G with a purpose.  And 5G is the engine that supports machine learning and AI functions.  For now, we have AI and 5G - two separate entities that, we predict, will eventually merge into one. As one technology, who will be the winner?



Alan Chang 

Alan Chang is Vice President, Technical Operations at Inspur Systems, with more than a decade of experience in server product planning and account management in OxM. Having served in various roles from software programmer to hardware product planning, Alan has a diverse skillset that is unique in the data center industry. Alan has contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP) from hardware design to marketing collaboration and beyond. He is a passionate advocate for the open hardware communities and architecture of next generation solutions in Artificial Intelligent (AI) and 5G networking.

Published Monday, January 03, 2022 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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