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University of Melbourne puts IoT data into Oracle Cloud


Researchers at the University of Melbourne are using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to help collect and process data from industrial Internet of Things devices.

The University's FogBus2 project is described as an open source, container-based, distributed framework that integrates edge/fog and cloud infrastructures so that data from cameras, ECG devices, laptops, smartphones, can be collected and processed in real-time to drive insight and intelligent action in IoT applications.

"With all these billions and billions of IoT devices pushing data to the cloud, the latency would be very high," said University of Melbourne Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems Lab director Professor Rajkumar Buyya.

"That is where we start moving toward this model of fog computing, where we can harness the resources at the edge of the network and the cloud. As a research laboratory, it is exciting to show that our effort is not just functional in our own controlled lab infrastructure, but that it works in the real world. Working with Oracle helps us demonstrate that capability."

The research team use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Ampere A1 Compute, Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Machine Learning services.

This allowed the team to reduce development time by three to four weeks, increase developer productivity by 20% and performance by 15-20% , as well as achieving a far better response time from applications such as video recognition.

FogBus2 uses OCI Ampere compute instances for IoT data processing capabilities, with Oracle Autonomous Database deployed in the core and at the edge to provide the required response times and to easily integrate all types of data.

The scalability of Autonomous Data Warehouse copes with sudden bursts of traffic.

Oracle AutoML is used to prioritise resources and determine whether processing should take place at the edge or the core, freeing the researchers from building their own machine learning algorithms, and thus giving them more time to analyse and visualise data.

The project also uses Oracle Identity and Access Management and Oracle Bastion for additional security.

"Edge computing provides tremendous opportunities for innovation in every industry," said Oracle Asia-Pacific senior vice president for customer strategy, insight and business development Chris Chelliah.

"This research is really exciting as the effort is not just about creating a controlled lab test environment, but one that can be used by all industries from manufacturing to mining and even retail. It also underscores the significance of using the right cloud for the job.

"For enterprises seeking to optimise their cloud infrastructure capabilities and spending, a multicloud configuration brings the flexibility, service or function that your organisation needs and can't fulfil elsewhere and can be deployed in a way that works with your existing environment."

Oracle's Arm Accelerator Program helped the university get started with OCI, and the Oracle Cloud Free Tier meant the team had access to free services while determining the best architecture to support the applications.

Image: Geoff Penaluna via Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

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