Tech Trend #8- VR, AR, MR- Storage, Real-Time Analytics, and Speed Needs

Jul 09 2019

Scott Shadley

Immersive Experiences in Smart Spaces (VR, AR, MR) is #8 in our series on corporate data management and digital transformation tech trends. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality refer to “the perception of being physically present in a non-physical world.” AR and VR are expected to grow to a $108B market by 2021. The anticipated trends within this category include: 1) The use of AI to enhance VR and AR, 2) increased use of VR and AR in training and teaching, 3) mainstream VR consumer entertainment, 4) VR and AR become increasingly collaborative and social, 5) AR increasingly used in cars such as voice assistants.

Studies indicate that for jobs, such as manufacturing, workers learn most of their skills from experiential learning. But, to learn every production process only by experience to get the efficiency of a twenty-year employer, it takes twenty years. That time may be reduced by providing experiential learning opportunities through simulations of production processes and emergency scenarios, using specialized VR and AR training technologies. This allows for repeated training for difficult situations without danger or risk. The event may be recorded, repeated, enhanced, and altered slightly to allow for more nuanced and advanced training.

All the immersive technologies are data intensive and require high bandwidth for operations. Big data analytic tools are required to process, categorize, and display data in a meaningful way for the end user to visualize and use. Deloitte highlights data needs for the immersive tech space. Some of the major points include: 1) Storage- Providing panoramic views in VR requires 10-20x storage capacity of a standard HD video file, 2) Real time data analytics- tracking analysis for advertising would require real time analytics beyond what is currently available, 3) Speed- the low-resolution experience of current VR displays requires 25Mbit/s for streaming and for HD resolutions, 80Mbit/s. However, only 7.1% of global connect speeds are above 25Mbit/s.

Currently, up to 50% of the energy in data centers is consumed by moving data from storage to servers. Our Newport Computational Storage platform provides record-breaking acceleration for storage-intensive parallel applications- scaling storage, processing and linear interconnectivity. Our 16TB Newport U.2 NVMe SSD is the world’s most advanced U.2. SSD. We embed a multi-core ARM processor and dedicated hardware to accelerate processing in the Newport Computational Storage controller ASIC. Additionally, the package is 15mm and consumes less than 10 watts of power. Add more Newport SSDs to add more capacity and processing power. By moving server processing capabilities into storage devices, we minimize data movement which improves application performance, reduces power consumption, and lowers costs.

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