Taking Point: IBM, NVIDIA Collaborate at the Network’s Edge

IBM Edge Application Manager is the latest tool in NVIDIA’s EGX ecosystem.
by Justin Boitano

NVIDIA is expanding its long-standing collaboration with IBM to accelerate the deployment of edge networks. Businesses are deploying these networks around the world as they switch on IoT sensors and extract real-time insights from the masses of data they generate.

Today, IBM announced new solutions for edge computing including the IBM Edge Application Manager on the NVIDIA EGX platform. The combination provides world-class software management on the most powerful offering for accelerated computing and AI.

With this IBM solution, an IT manager can deploy a new application or AI model simultaneously to as many as 10,000 edge devices. The software automates the work of managing those elements through their lifecycle.

The IBM Edge Application Manager enables flexibility as well as scalability. It supports containers through Red Hat OpenShift, so jobs can start and stop as microservices, orchestrated by Kubernetes and deployed on devices running Docker.

These capabilities are now readily available for businesses around the globe moving to edge networks.

NVIDIA supplies the latest GPU-optimized containers through the NGC software catalog. Data scientists and DevOps teams can rely on solid support for the IBM Edge Application Manager no matter where on the network’s edge their data is created and processed.

Running jobs on their own edge networks, users can harvest insights faster with greater reliability and without the costs or vulnerabilities of sending their data to remote, centralized servers.

EGX: A Solid Foundation for the Edge

Factories, supermarkets, warehouses and other businesses are already reaping the benefits of edge computing.

The NVIDIA EGX platform supports application frameworks, such as NVIDIA Metropolis, enabling use cases for smart cities and intelligent video analytics. It also hosts NVIDIA Aerial, a software developer kit to enable virtual 5G radio access networks and services based on them.

NVIDIA’s EGX runs on a full rack of NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs to Jetson Nano modules that fit in the palm of your hand. The EGX platform debuted in October with Red Hat among its first partners.

The EGX ecosystem includes more than 100 technology companies worldwide, from startups to established software vendors, cloud service providers and global server and device manufacturers. IBM is now one of the largest collaborators for EGX.

IBM and NVIDIA have a long history in high performance computing. For example, we collaborated to build Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the world.

Now we’re bringing that expertise to the edge of the network. It’s where billions of always-on IoT sensors will be connected by 5G and processed by AI in the next era of computing.