Asia’s largest technology exhibition, Computex Taipei, opens its gates within the week. Visitors will come in contact with high-speed computer chips, PCs for gamers, and innovative startups. However, as far as money is concerned in the field of technology, to a large extent within Asia, it is enough to look at the so-called “internet of things”, and in particular a subfield of it, which is called edge computing.
Edge computing means to place a computer near routers and gateways between the cloud and the end user of an electronic device of any type that is interconnected in the “Internet of Things”. This type of “set-up” is thought to reduce communication delay, reduces bandwidth and thus helps maintain more data in a private sphere, as much of the calculations are done locally.
This approach differs from direct interfacing to remote cloud databases, which are the most common practice today.
Fast Growth in Asia and Worldwide
The global edge computing market is expected to grow at an annual rate of more than 30% between 2018 and 2022, according to TrendForce research firm based in Taipei.
Its market value will total $3.24 billion by 2025, according to a survey by Grand View Research in March.
The US-based Vertiv Networking Company, based on a survey it conducted in 2017, concluded that 97% of businesses in Asia expect technology to be directly applicable to their day-to-day operations.
About half of them worry about the cost of creating an edge system, according to the survey, but many will try it anyway. Already among them are a Malaysian car maker, a wellness studio in Australia, and a telecommunication network management company in New Zealand.
China will probably use edge computing to achieve the “Made in China 2025” goal of upgrading its industry, TrendForce analyst Jimmy Liu says. Technology can help factories to collect data and carry out maintenance.
Traditional cloud infrastructure has been leading the computing service for many years and has provided many new features, such as storage and large data analysis, Liu continues.
“However, this same cloud infrastructure is compressed by the need to manage huge amounts of data in real time. Within this framework, edge computing emerged “.
A “smart” car without a driver would be a first-class candidate for edge computing, says Paul Miller of The Verge.
Market analysts do not necessarily and always consider edge computing as a subset of the internet of things (IoT), but everyone recognizes its possible growth. In Asia and the Pacific, IoT, along with other new technologies, will annual growth of 16.6% according to IDC’s forecasts.
More than 20 billion items and devices will be interconnected on the Internet in 2020, compared with 8.4 billion in 2017, according to Gartner.
The “giants” of technology are entering the game
The big names in the technology industry are already moving in the direction of edge computing. Google Clips, for example, uses artificial intelligence to “save” bandwidth and keep data locally.
Microsoft’s Azure Sphere is a combination of a secure operating system, a cloud device and a microcontroller that keeps devices connected to a private network. NVIDIA, which develops graphics processors, launched 2017 low power systems for edge devices. Steps from a central cloud model towards decentralization are also done by Dell.
The edge computing at the Computex report of 2018
Computex will gather 1,600 exhibitors, including industry leaders such as NVIDIA and Intel. It is expected that 400,000 visitors will have the opportunity to see Internet-enabled devices and experience the 5G wireless technology, which will be the basis for its uninterrupted operation.
5G technology will allow a wireless base station to connect up to 1 million devices per square kilometer, to the pleasure of users wanting their cloud systems to be in close range.
Among others, Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm will be demonstrating 5G-powered technologies in Computex.
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