Microsoft has jumped in to support researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University, who will receive hybrid cloud hardware and service credits from the company.
This, in a bid to jumpstart one of the most prominent sectors of its cloud strategy.
Gifts include an Azure Data Box Edge, which is a physical network appliance that taps artificial intelligence to analyze, process and transform data before it is uploaded to the Azure cloud, as well as Azure credits.
It will also team up with Intel to donate Azure Stack hybrid cloud hardware.
All bases covered, as they say.
Tad Brockway, head of product management for Azure Storage, Azure Stack, and media and entertainment services at Microsoft:
“The intelligent edge, as a phenomenon, it is going to impact us for decades to come. Our partnership with CMU and this Open Edge Initiative of course will be on research having to do with taking this innovation out into the future, but there are all sorts of interesting applications that are available today.”
CMU has the distinction of being the first university to offer an undergraduate degree in AI, and the Pittsburgh institution has undertaken a $27.5 million semiconductor research initiative to connect edge devices to the cloud.
It is funding the research of six scientists who are actively collaborating with the aim of creating an architecture for networked computing that lies between edge devices and the cloud.
Like cloud computing, edge computing requires new ways of thinking about application development, as older methods designed for different styles of computing don’t necessarily make sense on the edge.