The growth of computing outside of IT data centers and Cloud -- in other words, at the edge -- is accelerating. A very real example of this can be seen in the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (https://newsroom.ibm.com/then-and-now) that will sail unmanned from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts this September.
This Mayflower ship, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the original voyage, is being built to test and validate technologies needed to navigate entirely without human intervention -- following the rules of maritime traffic, but also recognizing obstacles, events, and conditions that can never be anticipated, but that serve as a reminder of the dangers and uncertainties that are still the everyday experience of maritime travel. In order to do this, the ship must have its own compute resources and operate entirely independent of any terrestrial command and control.
In this session, we will outline the Mayflower project, and dig in deep on the technologies that enable this edge-native solution.
Rob High - CTO, IBM Edge Computing, IBM Fellow and Vice President
Don Scott - CTO, Marine Ai