Siemens’ Digital Academy will inspire and develop tech talent

Siemens new undergraduate sponsorship programme aims to discover, inspire and nurture the next generation of engineering and tech talent. The Digital Academy pays selected students £3,000-a-year from the second year of university, as well as up to 12-weeks paid summer placement throughout the duration of their studies in a Siemens business. At the end of their degree they will be given the chance to join Siemens’ Graduate Scheme. The programme is a partnership

between Siemens, the University of Sheffield and Newcastle University. It aims to offer undergraduates a practical, collaborative space to explore Industry 4.0 technologies and put what they learn at university into real world use. Six students from EEE (electrical and

electronic engineering) and computer science departments have been selected to pilot the programme this summer. They are: Nikhil Patel and Miles Moran

from Newcastle University, Thomas Edwards from the University of Sheffield, Diana Crintea from the University of Southampton, Maryem Khan from the University of Loughborough and Ariana Escobar Chalen, from the University of Manchester. Brian Holliday, Siemens digital industries managing director, said: ‘The Digital Academy is an example of how Siemens and our higher education partners are working together to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering

HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private clouds

Excelero, a provider of software-defined block storage, has announced that it has been assigned its fourth US patent – governing an approach that better addresses the ‘tail latency’ experienced by large- scale private cloud operators. This is important for demanding application workloads, where Excelero’s intellectual property for tail latency reduction can help users achieve better storage efficiency and performance from shared NVMe Flash

resources – particularly for developers building solutions for AI, ML, analytics and database applications across an enterprise. AI, ML, analytics and database applications often experience tail latency, where the slowest overall I/O transaction determines completion time, and can cause unacceptably slow response times and stall the completion of vital tasks if left unmitigated. ‘The industry needs a better answer to the tail latency issue,

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where entire workflows can get hung up by the slowest element’s completion time,’ said Yaniv Romem, CTO and co-founder of Excelero. ‘With this and the 11 other patents we have pending, Excelero is advancing our ability to keep latency low across the board, and help customers squeeze more from their storage architectures – and budgets.’ With projections that AI applications will grow 20 times by 2025, tail latency will be increasingly problematic,

and potentially drag down performance across the enterprise. Recent SNIA and the NVMe Express standards define approaches to I/O determinism that are suitable for most application workloads, including predictable latency mode, NVM sets and local modes, but today’s new scale- out architectures demand faster options. Excelero’s patent governs a mechanism to set a timeout for an I/O operation when invoking it.

@scwmagazine |  Student cohort at the Siemens Digital Academy

and technology. This programme gives undergraduates applied and up-to-date experience to bolster their academic learning. ‘By strengthening links between business and our universities, we can inspire and nurture talent to support the UK’s leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.’ The first group of undergraduates were

selected from the inaugural Sir William Siemens Challenge, a two-day hackathon- style event at the University of Sheffield which involved 84 promising engineering students from partner universities. The ‘Mindsphere Live’ challenge tasked students – in 12 hybrid, multidisciplinary teams – to invent a unique device powered by data.

Ian Donald, Head of R&D at Siemens’

digital factory in Congleton, UK, said: ‘We really want to develop the next generation

of engineers who can create and develop exciting things. Mindsphere Live was a great way of bringing multi-disciplinary teams together to collaborate to bring data to life in a meaningful way. ‘These real-life problems gave students the opportunity to experience things they may encounter in a business environment and insight into what life could be like at Siemens,’ Donald continued. ‘The Digital Academy takes that

experience to the next level. It illustrates that engineering is a practical subject where the real and virtual worlds co-exist, and where data plays an increasingly important part in creating value. It’s not just about sitting at a computer, it’s really hands-on.

‘It’s about interaction, working in teams

to solve actual problems – which is what this pilot cohort will be doing this summer,’ he added.

One of those taking part is Nikhil Patel, an electrical engineering undergraduate from Newcastle University. He said: ‘Being part of the Digital

Academy gives me an insight into how Siemens operates as a business, and it also provides me with the means to be able to make a difference. ‘It gives me the opportunity to develop

my technical and transferable skills, while working on real, cutting-edge projects and I think being a part of this scheme will help to accelerate my career progression and allow me to grow as an individual, with the help of Siemens,’ concluded Patel.


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