Harvesting the benefits of high performance computing in agriculture

Harvesting the benefits of high performance computing in agriculture

The Earth’s natural systems are dynamic, continually changing in response to a complex web of variables. Utilising high performance computing (HPC) and satellite imagery, Earth observation is a powerful tool that helps us understand and monitor these systems. This provides crucial insight to various environmental monitoring applications, from climate change to precision agriculture.

Earth-observation company LatConnect 60 collects enormous amounts of data every day, all of which must be stored and processed. Unearthing meaningful insights from this wealth of information requires sophisticated processing techniques. WA-headquartered DUG Technology (DUG) provides DUG HPC Cloud, bringing powerful, bare-metal compute and storage combined with HPC Experts that help organisations optimise and scale their data processing.

LatConnect 60 provides high-resolution satellite imagery for enhanced crop management. They were facing increasing time and cost constraints due to the inflexibility of other cloud providers, impeding their ability to process data efficiently. LatConnect 60 engaged DUG for the provision of HPC as-a-service, configured for Earth-observation workflows, that would allow them to service the enormous amounts of data captured from satellites. DUG’s experts created a complete HPC environment for LatConnect 60 allowing them to run their software and analytics workflows efficiently.

LatConnect 60 CEO Venkat Pillay said: “The team and I at LatConnect 60 have been thoroughly impressed by the speed and scale at which DUG’s HPC offering has been able to support our agriculture analytics services. Data-processing tasks which took us weeks in the past can now be completed in a few hours. This is a game-changing development for us.

With DUG’s tailored HPC solution, LatConnect 60 has the advanced compute capability to easily scale their agriculture analytics services, helping them provide more value to their clients. These services play a crucial role in helping the agriculture sector make better-informed decisions regarding crop and resource management, leading to increased productivity and sustainability, from planting, through growing, to harvesting.

Tailored, green, HPC solutions

The need for big-data solutions extends beyond Earth observation to almost every industry. With data growing at an unprecedented rate, organisations are grappling with the question of how to use it effectively to drive efficiency and achieve better business outcomes. From groundbreaking genomics research that could revolutionise healthcare to designing efficient hulls for ships, data science drives innovation and progress, all of which relies on HPC.

DUG offers comprehensive HPC services typically unavailable in large public or private clouds. This includes bare-metal compute hardware, high-speed networks with low latency and innovative storage systems that transform how DUG’s clients interact with data, regardless of size or access patterns.

Having access to well-supported HPC helps facilitate better research outcomes and boosts commercialisation across industries. DUG is dedicated to providing clients with the resources they need, when they need them. A team of HPC experts are available to support clients in code onboarding, optimisation, and development, as well as data management services, to help them focus on their scientific priorities.

In the era of big data, organisations require access to advanced HPC cloud capabilities that are not just effective but also sustainable. The company’s patented immersion-cooling technology, DUG Cool, reduces the power consumption of DUG HPC Cloud by up to 51%.

Whether accelerating the delivery of commercial projects or providing innovators with the right tools to solve complex big-data problems, the experts at DUG are committed to client success.

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By Mitchell Lim

Mitchell Lim is DUG's Scientific Content Architect. With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mitch is an expert in the fields of catalysis and ultrasonics. Full-time science geek, part-time fitness junkie, Mitch strives to deliver effective and engaging science communication, as he believes that easily digestible scientific perspectives have the potential to impact and benefit society at large.

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