One of the biggest and most important learning conferences when it comes to cloud computing at an international level is AWS Re:Invent. Since its first edition in 2012, it has been a huge success, and currently, around 30,000 people register each year to participate in the conference.
This year, Re:Invent is taking place from 2nd December to the 6th December, and it will present essential announcements, a partner expo, and more than 2,500 technical sessions, as well as certification and training opportunities, after-hours events and other additional features.
AI Summit and Executive Keynotes
One prominent event at the conference will be the AI and Machine Learning half-day Summit. Among the subjects that are going to be discussed at the Summit are the application possibilities of Machine Learning to solve the main challenges of today´s society, as well as ethics and bias in Artificial Intelligence.
On the other hand, the Executive Keynotes at the conference will feature the newest advances about AWS products and services, with the aim of stimulating attendants to move forward in what regards to innovation in the Cloud. Every featuring will be also live-streamed. Let´s give a look to four relevant Executive Keynotes.
In the first place, Peter DeSantis, Vice President of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, will speak about the huge task of optimizing AWS cloud infrastructure, in order to provide the best cloud computing services for the most challenging projects and developments around the world.
In the second place, Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, will give a presentation on the more recent advances regarding AWS services, products, and customers.
In the third place, Doug Yuem, the Head of AWS Worldwide Channels and Alliances, will explain about AWS Partners and its current strategy of helping customers to innovate within the cloud.
Finally, Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, is going to give a speech on the technical foundations of AWS services and present investments to improve their architecture.
Some of the hottest and latest news of the first two days: Graviton2
AWS has been designing a new chip called Graviton2, whose specific function and object will be processing data within data centers. This new processor has a higher capacity than nowadays processors, and it has been designed and built with Arm technology, which means an increase of 20% in processing speed compared with the first generation of Arm chips built by Amazon.
Low cost is another feature of this new kind of Arm chips by Amazon. While more powerful Intel chips can cost several thousands of dollars, Arm chips for servers and data centers cost less than a thousand dollars on average. Also, low electricity consumption is another relevant characteristic of these processors.
This new processor has a higher capacity than nowadays processors, and it has been designed and built with Arm technology, which means an increase of 20% in processing speed compared with the first generation of Arm chips built by Amazon. ”
New apps: Fraud Detector, CodeGuru, Amazon Contact Lens, and Kendra
Among the new developments shown in the first two days of re:Invent we have Fraud Detector, a very interesting tool that uses machine learning to fight against frauds, and which is also capable of detecting anomalies in transactions.
Also, CodeGuru was presented, an application that has the ability to review code automatically as well as finding errors in codes and finding inefficient coding.
Another two developments released, are Amazon Contact Lens and Kendra.
Contact Lens is still in a trial phase and consists of a virtual call center that works with Amazon Connect, capable of answering calls and transcribing them. The application provides full-text transcription and also has the ability to catch emotional states in conversations, chatting between agents and long silence periods. Additionally, this application allows to each area manager to carry out searches through the transcriptions, using key words as well as to receive reports that measure emerging trends over a period of time.
On the other side, it is Kendra, a new AI service designed with the purpose of functioning as a company´s search engine. Kendra uses connections to unify databases that are originally disconnected from each other, like for example, files, webs, Salesforce or data stored in Dropbox.
The questions designed by customers within the Kendra application can be tested and sharpened before their deployment, likewise, questions tend to improve with time, because associated AI algorithms receive data constantly.
Other apps and programs released in the first two days of the conference
Among several other tools released during the first two days of conference, we will like to talk a little bit about SageMaker Studio, developed to unify all code and files involved in machine learning in a single spot; SageMaker Notebooks, that helps to prepare rapidly a Jupyter notebook for machine learning; SakeMaker Autopilot, for automating machine learning models; and Sagemaker Experiment, whose function is the training and adjustment of machine learning models automatically.
AWS released S3 Access Points, a storing service designed to make a simple way possible for managing access to apps that use shared services. S3 Access Points makes access to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud a safe process. Also, Access Points application permits customers to define different access policies to each application, as well as providing individualized routes for areas packed with hostnames and permits established by administrators.
Amazon/Verizon agreement: expanding to 5G
Amazon is going to expand its cloud computing services to 5G networks, thanks to an agreement signed with Verizon, which was announced at the conference. This joint project will allow developers to execute applications and programs that are pretty sensitive to mobile devices’ latency, i.e., time delays in the process of data transmission within a network.
In this same vein, AWS Wavelength was also launched, an excellent tool with which developers now will be able to create new apps for 5G mobile devices, with an extremely low level of latency.
So, that´s all for now. We will be reporting again in the next few days about the latest news from Re:Invent conference.
“This joint project will allow developers to execute applications and programs that are pretty sensitive to mobile devices’ latency, i.e., time delays in the process of data transmission within a network.”