Brave New World
The worst day in your (future) life made better by Smart City Technology
Part 2 of 3

By Julie DiBene
Director of Marketing
NVXL Technology, Inc.

The year is 2042 and it is 6 a.m. on a weekday. Music queues up, lights glow softly and that’s your wake-up call, your cue to get out of bed. Energy-conscious sensors turn everything off once your feet hit the floor and your shower starts cranking as you head into the bathroom. By the time you cross your bedroom floor, the water temp is exactly 107.5-deg F but on this particular day, you never make it to the shower. Instead, you trip over a stray shoe and go flying, banging your leg against that cool new ergonomic desk your PA (personal assistant) suggested to improve your work efficiency. Gathering yourself up from off the floor, you see a deep gash in your leg. Ouch. You wonder if you are going to need stitches and realize this will require a video chat with your AI doctor.

It is not always easy for you to chat with an android dressed in doctor garb, especially since they now look so lifelike but this is important and you have a busy day ahead of you. Receiving medical information and direction could save you a lengthy wait in the emergency room.

A quick consult reveals you are indeed going to need stitches. The AI doctor is no slouch and also requires you to drop by a clinic for an update on a tetanus shot (a reminder you blithefully ignored when your PA reminded you months ago). Sigh. Luckily for you, you live in a Smart City and are able to quickly calculate the closest clinic with the least amount of traffic. You make an on-line appointment and call for a driverless car to take you directly to the clinic.

The clinic accesses all your records and a physician’s assistant informs you that due to your genomics report, you are considered high risk for an allergic reaction to certain kinds of antibiotics. The physician’s assistant orders a prescription for secondary type of antibiotics and, with a quick booster, you are finally on your way to work.

Once you arrive, you see that everyone is evacuating the building. Could this day get any worse, you think? You quickly check your Smart City app to figure out what is going on and quickly discover that new earthquake prediction models have placed the odds of a 6.0 to 7.0 quake at 90 percent within the next 24 hours. You quickly opt in to Smart City alerts. Everyone is going to work from home today. Earthquake prediction has become very accurate, thanks to massive data sets and more accurate predictive analysis algorithms and the data integration with Smart Cities.

True to predictions, you just step back into your house and a quake rumbles. Not as bad as predicted, this shaker is only a 5.5. You shrug and get to work, logging in to the office network and video chat with multiple colleagues, all working from home for safety reasons. One of the biggest lessons learned from the 8.6 quake of 2031 was that having the vast majority of the population at home would have saved thousands of lives as people would not have had to navigate dangerous cityscape in order to get home. Your City is about as Smart as they come.

You instruct your PA to do a scan of the house and are relieved to discover that there appears to be no structural damage. Living in the Bay Area means houses have to be able to withstand at least a 9.0 quake, another lesson learned from the Great Quake of 2031. A PA alert, courtesy of your Smart City app tells you that due to a busted water main, traffic resources around the city are about to be diverted. Of course, you think, nothing else could possibly go wrong but now the kids are going to be late getting home.

Soon, Smart City alerts inform you that all traffic has been successfully rerouted and while this particular traffic delay didn’t inconvenience you too much, a bigger quake could still impact your family in far reaching ways. Luckily for you, your Smart City utilizes real-time scaling, pioneered by NVXL. This technology is adept at scaling and provisioning computer performance resources on the fly.

Before NVXL, compute performance was accomplished in several ways, mostly using a traditional over-provisioned approach wherein compute resources were allocated based on peak demand which essentially meant data centers had to run at peak capacity all the time. This was inefficient and came with a high TCO. Then along came time-based scaling which was commonly used in cloud datacenters to provision computing resources and was based on historical workload patterns. This approach utilized granular resource provisioning, but the overall compute resource utilization was still less than optimal. When NVXL introduced polymorphic acceleration, real-time scaling became widely accepted.

Designed for minimal demand, it offered fine granular and far more efficient utilization of resources along with improved latency and far improved TCO.

Back in the day, silos of specific computing architectures were the norm until NVXL’s polymorphic acceleration came along and offered software-defined acceleration platforms in real time using a flexible accelerator pool that could easily be expanded and upgraded. Real-time scaling is designed to meet minimum workload demands. Using this approach, computing resources in Smart Cities around the world are now scaled up and provisioned on the fly so that compute systems are off doing other tasks until needed. This keeps the system utilization high, enables much higher levels of efficiency and reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

This story you just read is closer than you think to becoming our daily reality. The technology is already in place in many cases. NVXL is the brainchild behind a brand-new compute acceleration technology called polymorphic acceleration. This revolutionary approach addresses a multitude of compute intensive applications such as deep learning, genomics and transcoding. We are building a platform from the ground up to accelerate and scale compute performance. Coupling the power and flexibility of FPGAs, NVXL’s polymorphic acceleration platform assimilates seamlessly with deep learning frameworks and leverages a data flow architecture that utilizes dynamically provisioned instances crafted from a pool of acceleration devices.

Imagine then, service providers enabling access to tens of elastic ExaFLOPs of computing power across 1000s of compute devices with a dramatically reduced TCO. Imagine a brave new world where massive leaps forward in technology and research can be accomplished because, for the first time, polymorphic acceleration will enable levels of compute performance never achieved before.

As high-performance computing in the cloud continues to evolve, deep learning, genomics and transcoding will all strive to move forward in the quest to solve highly complex problems. NVXL is leading the way, with a revolutionary polymorphic acceleration platform that enables disaggregated, heterogeneous compute acceleration with unpreceded scalability. Tune in for the final installment of this three-part blog series, A (Future) Best Day Ever in Your Life with AI, ML, Big Data and DL.

In the meantime, I invite you request a demonstration of this breakthrough technology or to continue the discussion of polymorphic acceleration and how we can help you take your compute intensive applications to the next level by contacting us at: Contact

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