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Unboxing the Most Amazing Edge AI Device Part 1 of 3 - NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX

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Unboxing the Most Amazing Edge AI Device Part 1 of 3 - NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX

Fast, Intuitive, Powerful and Easy. This is the first of a series on articles on using the Jetson Xavier NX Developer kit for EdgeAI applications. This will ...

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Fast, Intuitive, Powerful and Easy. 

This is the first of a series on articles on using the Jetson Xavier NX Developer kit for EdgeAI applications. This will include running various TensorFlow, Pytorch, MXNet and other frameworks. I will also show how to use this amazing device with Apache projects including the FLaNK Stack of Apache Flink, Apache Kafka, Apache NiFi, Apache MXNet and Apache NiFi - MiNiFi.

These are not words that one would usually use to define AI, Deep Learning, IoT or Edge Devices. They are now. There is a new tool for making what was incredibly slow and difficult to something that you can easily get your hands on and develop with. Supporting running multiple models simultaneously in containers with fast frame rates is not something I thought you could affordably run in robots and IoT devices. Now it is and this will drive some amazingly smart robots, drones, self-driving machines and applications that are not yet in prototypes.

Out of the box, this machine is sleek, light weight and ready to go. And now with built-in fast WiFi, yet another great upgrade! I added a 256GB SSD Hard drive and it took seconds and a few quick Linux commands. It's running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which supports all the deep learning and python libraries you need and runs well. It has a powerful fan already attached and judging by the fast spinning when I was running benchmarks it probably needs it.

       

It was super easy to get working, just plugged in a USB mouse and keyboard and HDMI monitor.

I ran the benchmarks and was massively impressed with the FPS that can be processed. This machine has some serious power. Basically, this device you are going to locate at the edge in a robot, drone, car or other edge point could be your desktop machine.

I ran a few graphics demos and tests to validate everything once my keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor were connected. The abilities are awesome. I can see why NVIDIA GPUs are amazing for gaming.

The specifications for the edge device are very impressive. The 8GB of RAM makes this feel like a powerful desktop and not a low powered edge device.

 

I ran the benchmarks and they were smoking fast. I can see using this as a workstation as the FPS were nice as you can see below.

In part 2, I am going to show how to run some edge AI workloads at tremendous speed and stream the results and images to your cloud or big data environments using Apache open source frameworks including Apache Flink, Apache NiFi - MiNiFi and Apache Kafka.

In part 3, We will push the processing capabilities and amp up the workloads and test all the impressive features of this new killer edge device.

There is so many great tutorials and learning materials available for the NVIDIA Xavier NX. I have found that all my work for Jetson Nano has been working here, only faster. So this is great, I'll have a few interesting demos and run throughs and a video in the follow up articles.

I added a standard USB hub and a Logitech C270 USB Web Camera which worked perfectly. I will use that in the follow up articles and some edge applications.

I highly recommend all AI, Deep Learning, IoT, IIoT, Edge and streaming developers obtain one or more of these developer kits.

This is a powerful machine in a small box. From edge applications to robotics to smart devices to anything that needs powerful processing at the edge, this is your device. A fast CPU, fast GPU and all the interfaces you need. This should be part of any project. Joining my NVIDIA Jetson Nano you now have some great affordable options for Edge AI applications. It is amazing to test drive the performance of this device. I will also be showing this at my online meetups, so join me or watch the video on Youtube later.

8 GB 128-bit LPDDR4x @ 51.2GB/s

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