The Netherlands has a reputation to maintain where innovative agriculture is concerned. However, Cloud technology can help improve yields further.
In the wake of the Dutch royal couple’s visit, entrepreneurs from the Dutch agri-food sector recently traveled to meet their Japanese colleagues to explain the intricacies of advanced glasshouse horticulture, among other things. This does not mean to suggest that the Land of the Rising Sun has no knowledge of cultivation itself. In this regard, Fujitsu is supporting the improvement of agricultural practice in Japan and in other Asian countries. In Vietnam, the company has announced a collaboration with the Vietnamese FPT Corporation in the hope of better quality crops and higher yields.
Fujitsu is supplying cloud services, equipment, and expertise. FPT, Vietnam’s leading ICT company, will aid dissemination of IT within the country’s agricultural sector. The focus will be on an IT solution for glasshouse horticulture in the city of Hanoi, where crops will be grown over a trial period. The project will serve to showcase Fujitsu’s agricultural technology to partner companies and authorities in Vietnam and Japan that are interested in developing an agricultural sector supported by IT.
Acquiring and Sharing Knowledge
Vietnam is an interesting prospect in terms of its agricultural development, with vast amounts of fertile land and a reputation as a major rice producer. There are also opportunities in the fishing industry, for which Vietnam has excellent conditions and where IT has a lot to offer. Innovative cloud services can use information and communication technologies to contribute to stable production volumes and better quality products. In agriculture, results often still depend on the judgment and expertise of individual farmers. This is where the acquisition of data and the sharing of knowledge via the cloud can make a real difference.
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Data Center contingency manuals are required by the ITIL standard and describe processes that have to be followed and executed in emergency cases. The goal is to recover business continuity as fast as possible. The Fujitsu solution Automated Contingency Manual automates the processes to counter emergency cases and effectively support emergency managers.
Automated emergency processes avoid manual errors and increase process quality, the guarantee the adherence to escalation procedures and ensure documentation of all activities – and most importantly they accelerate human/machine interaction and allow operating data centers more efficiently, securely and at lower cost.
Our video clip provides an overview about process automation and contingency manuals. It demonstrates the look and feel of the solution and covers benefits and highlights.
Artificial Intelligence breakthrough
Machines are rapidly becoming smarter. Yet industrial processes are still often halted for relatively long periods to allow for the implementation of ICT adjustments. From now on, this will change.
Where would modern industry be without ICT? The production lines of today consist of automated systems, including control systems, which rely on camera images for flawless production. Previously, processing these images required customized software developed by industrial ICT experts. This would always involve a lengthy lead-in period before a production line could start producing, and made swift responses to changing circumstances almost impossible as change would involve re-adjustments to software.
Automatically Developed Programs
Demand grew for a technology that could automatically develop programs for the processing of camera images. This is the only way a production line would be able to continue uninterruptedly. Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed programs that generate technology by using images of electronic components and IT equipment to very accurately detect the position of components in a production line.
Until now, automatically generated image-processing programs that employ so-called ‘machine learning’ were not capable of detecting the position of parts in a production line. Modifying the parameters within an industrial ICT system would easily take up a whole week, with production at a standstill during this time. The technology developed by Fujitsu Laboratories combines various image-processing functions and makes use of machine learning based on similarities between shapes. The system can ‘learn’ new objects and generate an image recognition program for these within approximately eight hours. This amounts to just one tenth of the time it used to take to make an adjustment to a production line.
Fujitsu Laboratories has announced that the new technology is soon to be employed in industry. Production environments will therefore be able to respond to changes in their operational processes much faster. At the autumn meeting last year of the Japan Society for Precision Engineering, the technology was presented to industrial companies. Meanwhile, the technology will continue to be refined, with a view to it being employed on Fujitsu’s own production lines before the end of the financial year in March. Its developers have observed that the technology has the potential to go beyond a production environment, with possible applications for logistics processes, surveillance cameras, and the medical sector.
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Following up the successful participations at the German Data Center Award in 2013 and 2014, Fujitsu submitted five innovations to the German Data Center Award in 2015 and with all five submissions we were amongst the top three in the respective categories. Amongst the winners: FUJITSU Cool-safe® Liquid Cooling for PRIMERGY servers in the data center. We congratulate a proud winner and are proud of an impressive overall result.
In cooperation with our technology partner Asetek we created an extremely effective and efficient cooling of PRIMERGY multi-node servers. The combination of air/hot water liquid cooling allows to dissipate 70% of the heat directly from CPU, RAM and Co-processor cards. We congratulate our colleague Gerhard Mühsam for the 1st rank in category 3 “Cooling and Air Conditioning”.
Two times 2nd place for innovations in the data center
Two innovations made it to the second place in category 2 “Data Center Software” and category 7 “Energy efficiency improvements by renovating existing data centers”.
Fujitsu submitted the Data Center Management and Automation – Service Delivery Platform, a solution that highly efficient and multi-client capable automates and monitors service delivery in the data center. The Service Delivery Platform integrates all tasks of data center operations in a standardized end-to-end service delivery solution. The Service Delivery Platform covers e.g. end user self-service Portal, service catalog, provisioning of resources, monitoring, fault, quality, service, SLA and asset management as well as software distribution. Congratulations to Wilfried Cleres and Mark Andrews!
We won an additional 2nd place in category 7 “Energy efficiency improvements by renovating existing data centers” for the Variable Universal Blank Cover (VUB) for data center racks. The Variable Blank Cover prevents short circuits between cold and warm aisles in the data center. Designed for installation at the front side of racks the VUB can be installed when setting up the rack or during operations. Racks can be flexibly equipped with hardware while adapting the variable universal blank covers. The VUB increases energy efficiency and works in any rack. We congratulate our colleague Alexander Hildebrand.
3rd rank in a double and a big thank you
The FUJITSU DCMA Temperature Sensor Matrix for DCIM was awarded rank 3 in category 1 “Ideas and Research around the Data Center”. Congratulations to our colleagues Wilfried Cleres and Katsushiro Inoue
Last but not least we made rank 3 with the Fujitsu Rack-Scale Architecture in the category 5 “Data Center IT and Network Infrastructure”. We congratulate our colleague Timo Lampe.
Find more information about our submissions to the German Data Center Award in the Internet (available in German language).
I often hear from customers that they have rapidly growing workloads, and that the growth rates are unpredictable as well. Customers may experience growth spurts driven by the cyclical nature of their businesses as well as by new business initiatives. Businesses need to be able to grow their compute capacity in the most graceful and cost-effective way possible while minimizing upfront investment.
The Fujitsu M10 server family stands above the crowd in this regard. First, all models of the Fujitsu M10 family can take advantage of easy activation of additional CPU cores to dynamically and gradually increase compute capacity without downtime. This is analogous to adding new pistons to the engine of a truck hauling a heavy load on a busy highway without pulling over to the shoulder.
The minimum number of cores is two for the Fujitsu M10-1 and four for the Fujitsu M10-4 and M10-4S models. The compute capacity of Fujitsu M10 systems can then be expanded through core activation by purchasing and activating two processor cores at a time. An added benefit of core activation is increased availability; if any active core experiences a failure, a yet-to-be-activated core will step in to fill the processing gap, seamlessly. Skip pulling over to the shoulder and keep on driving the business.
In addition, the Fujitsu M10-4S provides an extremely scalable architecture based on building blocks and a high-speed, transparent interconnect. Each building block is a compact 4U size with four processors. With up to 16 building blocks, the system can include as many as 1024 processor cores and a whopping 32 TB of memory.
In the example shown below, during the first year (left) a new application is being developed. During the second year (center), the new application is put into production and the core count is tripled from 8 to 48 cores in the same building block. In the third and subsequent years (right) additional cores and building blocks are added to grow capacity to a total of 192 cores across 3 chassis. The system can continue to flexibly grow up to 1024 cores and 32 TB of memory capacity.
The benefits of this highly flexible design include lower upfront costs, faster adaptation to increased workloads and smaller incremental costs as the workloads grow. The cost savings can be substantial, since the savings extend directly to software license costs as well, with these generally priced on a per-core basis.
Have a safe and rewarding journey on the information highway.
Learn more about starting small and growing flexibly with the Fujitsu M10 family here.