HUAWEI IS RESHAPING THE FUTURE OF COMPUTING BY BETTING ON STATISTICAL-BASED COMPUTING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THEIR GAME CHANGING 5G TECHNOLOGY. ALAA ELSHIMY, MD & VP, HUAWEI ENTERPRISE BUSINESS GROUP MIDDLE EAST AT HUAWEI, DISCUSSED THE FUTURE STRATEGY OF THE ICT LEADER.
With an increase of a little over 24 percent year-onyear in revenue, Huawei is one of the most profitable companies in the market, and they have no intention of slowing down, as they made clear during their presence at GiTEX Technology Week 2019.
At GITEX 2019, Huawei showcased its newest innovations with a focus on how deeper integration of A! and the 5G ecosystem are driving the industry towards complete digital transformation.
The ICT leader recently announced their new computing strategy and launched the Atlas 900, the fastest Al training cluster in the world, consolidating their entry in the computing market.
Although the US computing market is still leading the race, the Chinese cloud computing industry is expected to exceed 300 billion yuan (about 42 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, according to a white paper by the Institute of International Technology and Economy.
With such opportunities in the horizon, Huawei is hoping to “change the game” by betting on statisticalbased computing instead of the traditional rule-based computing, explained Alaa Elshimy, Managing Director and Vice President at Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East.
Research predict that 80 percent of computing will move from rule-based to statistical-based computing – this will be the future, and Huawei is changing the game. With Al being part of the equation, data processing will happen at the edge rather than in the cloud”
The way Elshimy sees it, rule-based computing will just not suffice for new technologies such as face recognition, which require avast amount of data to be analysed. Rule-based computing entails having a machine at the edge collecting data and sending it to the cloud to be analysed, before sending it back to the machine to produce a result – in the case of face recognition this could be a security camera taking a photo to allow access to a building.
Using statistical-based computing, the intelligent camera would be able to recognise a face at the edge without the need to send data to the cloud, making the process much faster.
To guarantee such speed, the Atlas 900 is able to analyse data at the fastest rate in the market – specifically ten seconds faster the fastest record measured by Resnet-50.
Our strategy is focused on three key pillars – Al, 5G and Cloud. Last year at GITEX we launched our Al chipset and our full-stack Al scenario, as well as discussing 5G. This year is a continuation of that, and we are pushing it further with our new products,” added Elshimy.
Besides the Atlas 900, we have also recently launched the GceanStor Dorado V6, our new storage system. This storage array performs at 20 million I/O operations per second – twice as much as the next-best player in the market andit runs at 0.1 milliseconds latency.”
According to Huawei, the all-flash Al-powered storage will “satisfy the data hungry storage requirements of large databases particularly in the carrier, finance, government, and manufacturing industries.”
Huawei also showcased their new Cloud Engine 16800, the world’s first Al-native data centre switch, which will support Huawei’s mission to deliver a truly connected world thanks to loT.