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CM­, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Edge Computing Research

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CMU and Microsoft will collaborate in edge computing, a field of research that pushes computing resources closer to where data is generated, like mobile phones.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Microsoft will collaborate to further edge computing via CMU's Living Edge Laboratory, a testbed for applications that produce large datasets and require intense processing with near-instant response times. Microsoft will supply the Living Edge Lab with edge computing products such as Azure Data Box Edge, Azure Stack with Intel, and Microsoft Azure credits, providing access to cloud services like artificial intelligence, storage, and the Internet of Things.

"By moving AI models and computing closer to the source, we can surface real-time insights in scenarios where milliseconds make a critical difference, and in remote areas where 'real time' has not been possible," says Microsoft's Tad Brockway.

The lab's envisioned edge-computing applications include real-time assistive tools to help visually impaired people detect nearby objects or people. Video feeds of a stereoscopic camera on a user are sent to a nearby cloudlet, and real-time video analytics is used to detect obstacles, with data conveyed back to the user via vibrations.

From Carnegie Mellon University
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