Workload Consolidation for Industrial Applications

June 11, 2019 Rich Nass

Workload consolidation is one of those buzzwords of which you may or may not know its meaning. Actually, it can be taken quite literally: it’s the act of combining multiple operations into fewer platforms with a reduced infrastructure and making better use of existing resources. In other words, it means consolidating your compute system to reduce the number of platforms, the number of boards, and any other resources. The goals here are many. Fewer compute resources means:

  • less space required
  • less power is needed to run the system
  • less heat is generated, simplifying the cooling techniques and reducing the bill for cooling

The “operations” I mention could refer to systems that employ images, video, network data and manufacturing capabilities. And the “combining” occurs due to the widespread use of Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) technology. When you play in the industrial/manufacturing/automation space, you can also aspire to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, satisfy customers and innovate new products and services.

To help guide you through this maze, we’ve assembled a webinar with some expert speakers representing Wind River, Dell, and HP Enterprise. The webinar, called Workload Consolidation: Do More with Less, which will take place Tuesday, June 25 at 2 pm EDT, will explore the various facets of technology involved in workload consolidation through the use of Intel technology. Topics will include PLCs, HMIs, time-sensitive networking (TSN), functional safety and machine learning.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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