Cloud computing has significantly transformed the industry as we are living in a connected world. Internet access is no longer a “want” but has become a compelling “need.” Numbers of connected devices are expected to reach more than 10 billion by 2015*. That is equivalent to about two devices for every human being on the planet.
While it makes economic sense to provide services from the cloud, as the number of services grows, the cloud infrastructure both in the data centers and networks to support them grows as well. Power consumption, connectivity and scalability become more and more important and can grow at an exponential rate.
Let’s take a look at the cloud today. Already we are consuming music, video, voice as well as significant amount of image and video (some with analytics) using a cloud infrastructure. As cloud applications evolve, the usage is increasing further stressing computation needs and power consumption resulting in a challenge to scalability.
The solution lies in taking a different approach to constructing the cloud infrastructure. Rather than using “one size fits all” processing, for the next phase of cloud development it makes sense to look at the precise processing requirements of each application. TI’s proven technology for specific workloads such as voice, video, imaging and analytics will be deployed to provide cloud based voice, video, imaging and analytics services with better value in processing cost and energy consumption.. Today TI announced six new SoCs (shown below) based on its KeyStone architecture enabling a better way to cloud. These new SoCs are revitalizing cloud computing while injecting excitement into pivotal infrastructure systems.
One example uses TI KeyStone SoCs for specific compute acceleration. The compute function ranges from video and image processing to large scale matrix multiplication. Cards with TI KeyStone SoCs can be inserted in standard servers to assume the workload of general purpose processing elements. Nimbix is enabling this model for doing cloud based High Performance Compute applications and currently TI DSP is integrated in the Nimbix Accelerated Compute Cloud providing cloud based video encoding services on trial basis. I would encourage you all to look at them at www.nimbix.net
Our 66AK2Hxx and 66AK2Exx products will offer devices that integrate ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor with TI’s best in class C66x DSP processor using industry leading KeyStone II architecture. These SoCs are targeted towards building purpose built servers where DSP adds value to the cloud based workload such as video encoding, content delivery network, video analytics or virtual desktop infrastructure. AM5K2E product family is multicore ARM only product and targeted towards building optimized building block for cloud infrastructure as well as industrial sensor networks.
As the industry starts to move towards the approach of building purpose built servers, we expect to provide solutions that are best suited for the application. I am looking forward to an exciting time ahead as we roll out our newest 28nm KeyStone products and start showing our value proposition to the industry. If you want more information on our latest devices please go to http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54044-texas-instruments-keystone-multicore-socs-revitalize-cloud-applications
* Per Cisco VNI Index
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