Workload Consolidation for Industrial Applications

By Rich Nass

Executive Vice President

Embedded Computing Design

June 11, 2019


Workload Consolidation for Industrial Applications

Consolidating your compute system to reduce the number of platforms, the number of boards, and any other resources.

Workload consolidation is one of those buzzwords of which you may or may not know its meaning. Actually, it can be taken quite literally: it’s the act of combining multiple operations into fewer platforms with a reduced infrastructure and making better use of existing resources. In other words, it means consolidating your compute system to reduce the number of platforms, the number of boards, and any other resources. The goals here are many. Fewer compute resources means:

  • less space required
  • less power is needed to run the system
  • less heat is generated, simplifying the cooling techniques and reducing the bill for cooling

The “operations” I mention could refer to systems that employ images, video, network data and manufacturing capabilities. And the “combining” occurs due to the widespread use of Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) technology. When you play in the industrial/manufacturing/automation space, you can also aspire to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, satisfy customers and innovate new products and services.

To help guide you through this maze, we’ve assembled a webinar with some expert speakers representing Wind River, Dell, and HP Enterprise. The webinar, called Workload Consolidation: Do More with Less, which will take place Tuesday, June 25 at 2 pm EDT, will explore the various facets of technology involved in workload consolidation through the use of Intel technology. Topics will include PLCs, HMIs, time-sensitive networking (TSN), functional safety and machine learning.

Richard Nass’ key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OSM’s ECD portfolio, including digital, print, and live events. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for Design News. Prior, he led the content team for UBM’s Medical Devices Group, and all custom properties and events. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 30 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times,, and TechOnLine. Nass holds a BSEE degree from NJIT.

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