A trip to the corner doughnut shop may take a bit. But a box of doughnuts within reach of your desk is instant gratification.
The same holds true for edge computing. Send data to an AI application running in the cloud, and it delays answers. Send it to a nearby edge server, and it’s like grabbing directly from that pink box of glazed raised and rainbow sprinkles.
Chances are, you can get a small taste of edge computing right from your pocket. The latest smartphones live at the “edge” of telecom networks, processing smarter voice responses and snazzier photos.
Edge computing requires applying processors at the points where gigabytes to terabytes of streaming data is being collected. Applications such as autonomous vehicles, robots on factory floors, medical imaging machines at hospitals, cameras for checkout stations in retail stores rely on it.
By 2025, it’s estimated that 150 billion machine sensors and IoT devices will stream continuous data that will need to be processed
The unveiling of 5G networks — expected to clock in 10x faster than 4G — only increases the possibilities for AI-enabled services, requiring further acceleration of edge computing.