Intel is opening two new research centers at Carnegie Mellon that will focus on cloud and embedded computing, part of its larger $100 million investment in research.
million investment in two new research centers that will focus on cloud
computing and embedded technology is the latest in a string of facilities that
are run in conjunction with academic institutions.
centers, announced Aug. 3, are part of a larger plan outlined by Intel Labs
executives in January to invest $100 million to create Intel Science and Technology Centers
at various universities throughout 2011, focusing on a wide range of areas.
Both will be housed at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
with which Intel already has a close relationship.
University was the first site for such a center, with a focus on visual
computing. In June, Intel Labs opened a second one, focusing on secure computing
, at the University
ISTCs are expected to open amazing possibilities," Intel CTO Justin Rattner
said in a statement. "Imagine, for example, future cars equipped with embedded
sensors and microprocessors to constantly collect and analyze traffic and
weather data. That information could be shared and analyzed in the cloud so
that drivers could be provided with suggestions for quicker and safer routes."
The goal of
the centers is to collaborate with the schools to create technological advances
that can be used, not only by Intel, but others throughout the industry. The
ISTCs use open IP models, and the research results will become publically
available through technical publications and open-source software releases,
according to Intel officials.
done at the centers will have wide appeal, according to Roger Kay, principal
analyst for Endpoint Technologies Associates.
fireworks on the 4th
of July, project after project has gone
up, each addressing a potentially high-value aspect of future computing," Kay
wrote in an Aug. 3 blog posting for Forbes.com
. "Whatever goodness
these joint efforts yield will be donated to the public domain so that others
may harvest some of the benefits. And if that degree of openness isn't enough,
Intel is inviting the public to send in its own proposals for research to explore
possibly productive spheres in information technology."
created a Website
where people can submit their proposals.
computing center-or ISTC-CC-is part of Intel's larger Cloud 2015 initiative,
which is designed to push innovation to enable businesses and consumers to share
data security across public and private clouds. The researchers-not only from
Intel and Carnegie Mellon, but also the Georgia Institute of Technology,
UC-Berkeley and Princeton-will explore such key cloud technologies as built-in
application optimization, better support of online big data analytics, and
extending the cloud to the network edge and client devices, the chip maker
future, these capabilities could enable a digital personal handler via a device
wired into your glasses that sees what you see, to constantly pull data from
the cloud and whisper information to you during the day-telling you who people
are, where to buy an item you just saw, or how to adjust your plans when
something new comes up," Intel officials said in a statement describing the
ISTC-EC-for embedded computing-researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Intel will be
joined by others from Cornell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Georgia Tech and
UC-Berkeley. Embedded computing is a growing area of interest
Intel, as intelligence is being added to a widening number of devices, from
cars to appliances.
officials said the key is to enable such everyday devices to collect data from
sensors and online databases and analyze it and act on it. For example, they
said, cars could be programmed to customize everything from radio stations to
seat position when specific people are recognized. Data on everything from
routes to retail to entertainment can be channeled into the car while on the
looking to get into such markets early on, and even its decision to make the
research open benefits the chip maker by fueling a more active development environment,
Endpoint's Kay said. But in the end, everyone will benefit.
will get useful applications," he wrote. "Academic institutions will get
research avenues, funding and methodology that will serve them well. Intel
can participate, direct and derive fruit from research likely to yield future
products. The investment community will get value creation. Governments
will acquire incremental tax revenues. And other technology firms will have an
open shot at high-value research-for free."