Right this moment we’re asserting our partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to attach Azure on to house utilizing HPE’s upcoming launch of its Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), which is able to ship edge computing and synthetic intelligence (AI) capabilities collectively for the primary time on the Worldwide House Station (ISS). The SBC-2 is constructed on the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge system that’s purposely engineered for harsh edge environments and also will allow extra capabilities to attach Azure workloads to the final word edge.
Astronauts and house explorers deserve entry to one of the best cloud computing applied sciences and superior processing on the final edge. Generally evaluation must be finished instantly on the edge the place each passing second counts, and different instances the evaluation is so massively advanced that it might solely be carried out with the ability of the hyperscale cloud. Microsoft and HPE have established a connection from Spaceborne Pc-2 to Microsoft Azure (by way of NASA and the HPE floor station) to assist sort out these challenges and develop new insights and alternatives.
Proper now, our Microsoft Analysis and Azure House engineering groups are evaluating the potential of HPE’s house, state-of-the-art processing at the side of hyperscale Azure, alongside the event of superior synthetic intelligence (AI) and machine studying fashions to assist new insights and analysis developments, together with:
- Climate modeling of mud storms to allow future modeling for Mars missions.
- Plant and hydroponics evaluation to assist meals progress and life sciences in house.
- Medical imaging utilizing an ultrasound on the ISS to assist astronaut healthcare.
“HPE and Microsoft are collaborating to additional speed up house exploration by delivering state-of-the artwork applied sciences to sort out a spread of information processing wants whereas in orbit. By bringing collectively HPE’s Spaceborne Pc-2, which relies on the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge system for superior edge computing and AI capabilities, with Microsoft Azure to connect with the cloud, we’re enabling house explorers to seamlessly transmit giant knowledge units to and from Earth and profit from an edge-to-cloud expertise. We look ahead to collaborating with Microsoft on their Azure House efforts, which share our imaginative and prescient to speed up discovery and assist make breakthroughs to assist life and sustainability in future, prolonged human missions to house.” —Dr. Mark Fernandez, Options Architect of Converged Edge Techniques at HPE and Principal Investigator for Spaceborne Pc-2
On February 20, HPE’s Spaceborne Pc-2 is scheduled to launch into orbit for the ISS on the fifteenth Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to House Station (NG-15). Over the subsequent two to a few years, these analysis endeavors on the orbiting laboratory will likely be sponsored by the ISS Nationwide Labs.
Right this moment’s announcement advances Azure Space in bringing Azure AI and machine studying to new house missions and emphasizes the true energy of hyperscale computing in assist of edge situations—connecting anybody, anyplace to the cloud. Our collaboration with HPE is simply step one in an unbelievable journey and can present researchers and college students entry to those insights and applied sciences, inspiring the subsequent era of those that want to invent with goal, on and off the planet.