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    SYSTEX: CHANGING THE GAME FOR HPC

    It wasn’t too long ago when high-performance computing (HPC) was largely considered to be a tool just for scientists and engineers to solve compute-intensive problems. With the advent of big data and cloud computing, however, HPC has begun making inroads into the enterprise world. When combined, HPC and cloud offer several unmatched benefits to customers. While HPC, with its ability to manage huge volumes of data, helps solve complex data problems efficiently and quickly, cloud can scale on- demand and enable users to pay per use. In other words, with HPC in the cloud, organizations will only have to pay for the capacity they use, and there is no risk of on-premises infrastructure becoming obsolete or being poorly utilized.

    Despite these advantages, HPC has yet to widespread use because of the significant investment and indirect operational expenditure associated with running and maintaining HPC infrastructure. In addition, integrating the HPC cluster with legacy infrastructure and managing it while ensuring better system performance and user experience through seamless data transfer is challenging. On-premise HPC clusters—traditionally designed in a monolithic way— are capable of meeting the typical workflows but struggle to handle unexpected peak demands. At the same time, procuring and installing a new HPC cluster can take at least six months, which means the IT department will have a system that might already be outdated by the time it is installed.

    The need to analyze the growing data, support complex simulations, and overcome    performance bottlenecks demands reliable software. To that end, Taiwan-based SYSTEX, a value-added IT services company, has developed a new HPC management solution that eliminates wait times and long job queues, helping businesses run tasks in the shortest possible time and achieve optimum results faster. SYSTEX’s technology combines HPC with cloud computing to deliver the fastest speed, lowest latency, smart accelerations, and the highest efficiency and resiliency for clients. Jay Hsueh, Head of AI and Cloud Center, SYSTEX, says, “What makes our solution unique is its converged architecture, which enables the optimization of computing resources for various roles. SYSTEX HPC Solution provides the computing services through its GAIA service portal.”

    Breaking New Ground

    Established in 1997, SYSTEX was initially renowned for its leading position in the Taiwan financial industry with a 90 percent market share in the financial information system, trading, operation, and management services. The firm slowly began integrating IT services to its ecosystem by merging with and investing in other IT companies. Today, SYSTEX is ranked as one of the leading information technology service providers in Taiwan. Over the last 23 years, the firm has assisted over 30,000 enterprise and government clients in accelerating their digital transformation with the help of its abundant solutions, including HPC solution. “We empower our clients to adopt innovative technologies, such as AI, HPC, and cloud to enhance their business operations and growth,” informs Terry Tai, Assistant Vice President, AI and Cloud Center, SYSTEX. The firm is currently recognized as one of the professional HPC service providers in Asia with sufficient resources to serve the customers in the APAC region.

    Leading By Design

    Through its HPC solution, SYSTEX brings to the table the GAIA service portal, which acts as a central management console built to reduce the workload of an IT administrator. The platform is not only designed to benefit administrators but also other teams. The converged architecture allows users to maximize capital investment as well as system performance without isolating computational resources from the data center. The portal enables individuals to create and administer a variety of HPC-related tasks, such as setting up users and groups or managing resources to interpret the performance of the system. It hides the complexity of HPC, allowing people who are not HPC experts to access all of the management and operation features to provide a consistent experience. Moreover, the converged HPC and cloud infrastructure optimizes CAPEX investment in computation resources consolidation for different roles and tasks. With the SYSTEX HPC Solution, there is no queuing up to run a task or waiting for the installation of additional hardware and software. Based on a workload’s parameters, the system chooses the best available resources to run the individual task in the least amount of time and at the lowest possible cost.

    Talking about SYSTEX’s venture into the HPC space, Hsueh says, “One of the biggest drivers is data and AI.” Today’s enterprises are already struggling with a tsunami of data, and this is only bound to increase in the coming days. In fact, Gartner forecasts that the enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020—a 21 percent increase from 2019. To that end, HPC will provide the architecture and technology that businesses need to meet the massive data analysis tasks. “Our HPC solution will not only deliver the speed and efficiency required but also the cloud computing architecture necessary to accelerate research   processes and offer a simple computing environment that is easy to learn and replicate,” adds Tai.

    SYSTEX recently presented its converged architecture model at a well-known university listed the top 100 worldwide higher education by Times. The university is currently conducting biotechnology research related to COVID-19, and they have built multiple data centers that can receive, process, manage, store, and transmit research data. But the client wanted a common storage pool to collect data from the different data centers and a computation resource for their HPC computing service. SYSTEX is designing an innovative solution for the university - a central storage system that not only allows researchers and students to capture, store, and shares data but also use AI computation to quickly and effectively research and study an antiviral antidote for diseases like the novel coronavirus. 

    Delivering True Value

    SYSTEX adopts a clearly-defined strategy when it comes to engaging with clients.  The firm maintains a solid connection with all of its partners and leverages the expertise of both parties to ace amid market competition. SYSTEX continues to lead the integration of the data economy, playing the role of an ‘orchestrator’ using the power of software and data to assist clients in enhancing their marketing performance and accelerating their digital transformation. And a large part of this success can be accredited to SYSTEX’s employees. “We encourage a culture of courage; we inspire our employees to take responsibility, risks, and face setbacks,” mentions Hsueh. “As long as we are willing to share and cooperate, connect people, and integrate resources, we can create value.”

    Paving the Way Forward

    That said, SYSTEX’s expertise and services do not stop there. The firm also offers data processing, value- added networking, system integration, and professional consulting services. SYSTEX recently launched a new brand, Garaotus, to broaden the focus of its AI, HPC, and cloud applications. By providing a converged HPC and cloud computing platform, Garaotus enables clients to benefit from edge computing and AI-enabled IoT (AIoT). The converged HPC and cloud architecture will deliver the benefits of flexibility, high performance, and easy management to customers. It will help optimize and save CapEx for users while offering high ROI. “We aim to become a world-leading AI cloud integration solution provider that delivers extraordinary  experiences for our clients, and Garaotus is our first step toward achieving it,” adds Tai. Over the last few months, the Garaotus brand has acquired approximately 20 HPC projects across different fields, including higher education, biotech research, and government agencies.

    Alongside, SYSTEX aims to redefine information services. “With our positioning of ‘ecosystem integration,’ we will cultivate and make connections with businesses that are well-versed in exponential technology to help customers speed up digital transformation and create a second wave of growth and become an ‘exponential company,’” informs Hsueh. SYSTEX will continue to strengthen its software and data capabilities and set up data integration platforms to help businesses understand consumer behavior patterns through online and offline data integration in a cloud-based environment. This will allow companies to provide precise marketing and services and bolster their marketing strength. In parallel, the company is also looking forward to growing its Garaotus brand. “We created Garaotus to help our customers shape their business from the digital transformation wave, and we will continue to support them in achieving this goal with great results,” wraps up Hsueh.

    SOURCE: APAC CIO outlook

     


     
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    Advantech and SYSTEX Announce New Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics, Targeting the Fast-Growing Genomics Market

    Advancements in genomics are opening new doors for understanding human diseases. However, genomics sequencing generates hundreds of petabytes of data per year, it needs big data technology to accelerate deployment.

    Now, SYSTEX is collaborating with Advantech, offers architecture design, delivery, and training services through the Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics, accelerating the deployment progress for genomics analytics.

    To fulfill the requirement of genomics analytics, SYSTEX’s HPC management platform, GAIA, provides the superior performance for the jobs like Genome Sequencing through HPC with AI framework workflow. Also, medical image recognition learning tasks can be accomplished through cloud computing design.

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    “Gemini Explore” assists global epidemic investigation organizations to track and analyze the correlation of the confirmed cases

    Gemini Data Inc., a startup company invested by SYSTEX, launched the innovative product of “Gemini Explore”. “Gemini Explore” is the world’s first product able to interact with users finding and analyzing data in real time. It can also generate the “Knowledge Graph” according to demands that assists in exploring the various correlations between the confirmed cases and the contacts, and is expected to provide more help in investigating the source and scope of infection. “Gemini Explore” has been supplied for usage by public health agencies in many countries, including Taiwan.
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    SYSTEX assisted PX Mart (Quanlian Supermarket) to create integrated services for smart payments

    SYSTEX assisted PX Mart to integrate the first-generation of physical membership card and launched the online payment of “PX Pay”. By binding a credit card or stored-value card, the payment, membership, and reward-points systems are connected all together that not only accelerates the checkout speed, but also provides multiple payment methods and Increases consumer willingness for usage.
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    [Business Next] A Solid Foundation of Industry Applications and Client Reliance! SYSTEX Creates “AI + Generator" To Help Startups Expand Business Opportunities

    SYSTEX believes that artificial intelligence will affect all industries, especially in fields that SYSTEX is already adept in across the Straits and the world, such as telecommunications, finance, manufacturing, government, education, tourism, logistics and biomedicine. As a result, they have formulated an artificial intelligence strategy development plan (AI + Plan), in order to focus on industry applications. SYSTEX has also established the AGP (AI + Generator Program). Richard Tang, SYSTEX Asia-Pacific Telecom Division General Manager, emphasized that AGP is different from general enterprise accelerator programs. It is a non-profit, public welfare program, differentiated from the usual accelerator or incubation center. AGP doesn’t get involved in buying startup shares or in fundraising, growth, or presentation training courses required by startups. Instead, AGP focuses on new ventures that have developed products and services created using artificial intelligence technology, and startups whose business models have been assessed as having scaling opportunities, and then gives these startups market-matching and the resources to set their sights internationally.
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    SYSTEX Independently Developed NLP Combining with RPA and OCR to Build Intellectual Fintech Robot “Robelf”

    Succeeding the first fintech service on social networking of AI on Line “Mega Financial Secretary” in Taiwan, SYSTEX, who had been devoted to the financial information services for years, cooperated again with Mega Securities and introduced “Robelf”, the first reception and fintech robot in securities industry of Taiwan.
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    SYSTEX Launched Fresh-Food-Box Kiosk and Intelligent & interactive Vending Machines with Big Screen, Adopted by the Second Tech-Approach Concept Store of Family Mart

    Responding to the manpower shortage in retail and service industries and the changes of channel operation patterns, SYSTEX dedicating to intellectual retailing, introduced two new intellectual kiosks combining technology with data management platform: Fresh-Food-Box Kiosk and Intelligent & Interactive Vending Machine with Big Screen. The Second Tech-Approach Concept Store of Family Mart took the lead to adopt both of them!

    Intelligent & Interactive Vending Machine with Big Screen developed by SYSTEX could store goods no matter in normal temperature or in refrigerated. The hyper-large 50” screen along with intellectual sensor, therefore it can broadcast a proper marketing commercials to consumers, serving as the best promotional billboard at the store. Besides, consumers could order product by softly touching on screen and pay with multi-payment systems with another Fresh-Food-Box Kiosk, completely doing it by themselves. It’ was also connected with the POS system at the counters of channels, which automatically integrated the daily revenue of Fresh-Food-Box Kiosk into the POS system to reduce the labor of checking store revenue on a daily basis.
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    Mobile Ordering by Pepper, Reservation via AI. Exclusive Debut of SYSTEX and Perobot’s “Intelligent Restaurant” Solution

    SYSTEX Corporation worked hand in hand with Perobot, the expert of robot and automatic services, to launch the service application solutions “Intelligent Restaurant” integrating virtual and real service process. The entire virtual and real services included reserving via AI Chat Robots, checking in assisted by Pepper Robot on the spot, mobile ordering at tables as well as combining with such multiple payment systems as LINE Pay.. All of these services assisted restaurants to streamline the processes, created brand-new serving experiences, and realized the AI digitalized transformation for enterprise customers.

    SYSTEX carried out the domain knowledge accumulated by devoting in industries for years with the combination of the expertise in software development. Based on the cooperation with Perobot, SYSTEX introduced the innovative application service “Intelligent Restaurant”, offering consumers fantastic experiences and gathering consumers’ information such as their characteristics, ordering preferences and so on. Furthermore, AI Communication System could be used not only for reservations at restaurants but also for customized development according to different serving scenarios of diverse industries, such as appointments for medical clinics, the purchases of THSR and movie tickets etc.
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    Favored by Thai 7-Eleven and Tokyu Corporation. Eight AI Innovations Selected by SYSTEX AGP2

    To assist the focused industries of AI innovation and speed up the world-class application landing, the AI+ Generator Program (AGP) of SYSTEX CORPORATION selected eight AI innovations containing great potentials at AGP2 in the beginning of this June succeeding the first AGP1 last year in which they supported five AI innovative enterprises to expand the international market. In addition to radiant successful cases, these teams also possessed the ability of planning and implementing to go global. For instance, certain teams successfully convinced such international customers as the distribution center of Thai 7-Eleven and Tokyu Corporation of their exclusive R&D solutions, an outstanding achievement.

    AGP is more than an incubator or an accelerator. Instead of the premise that SYSTEX invested these innovating enterprises, the development project which combined external and internal resources from SYSTEX supported the conjunction of AI innovations and customers from various industries and speeded up the verification of internationalized market. It was SYSTEX’s responsibility to foster promising innovative enterprises for going global. AGP’s selection process and criteria for AI innovative enterprises featured “strict selection but not open audition.” Before accepting the applications, SYSTEX would clearly understand the product characteristics, the competitive advantages, the attributes of target customers, the region of target markets and how AGP would support them in their expectation through several conversations, which ensured AGP’s real supports on AI innovations.
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    Personally Experienced by 1500 People. Application Scenarios for More Than Fifty Industries. SYSTEX Corporation Appeals Partners in the Ecosphere to Initiate to Initiate “Enable DX with AI”, the AI Digitalized Transformation.

    SYSTEX Corporation hosted the trends forum “Enabling DX, Empowering AI for Social Good” along with the application exhibition, inviting international and local partners belonging to digital ecosphere to take part in it. More than fifty types situational experience with AI applications were exhibited. The exhibition attracted approximately 1,500 people from more than 600 enterprises. Meanwhile, SYSTEX invited Mr. Ken Sun, the General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan, the leader of global AI technology R&D, and Dr. Lan Du, the Senior Vice President of iFlytel Co., Ltd. to lecture keynote speeches.

    For the first time, SYSTEX awarded AI4SG prize (AI for Social Good) to encourage the organizations or persons that were positively contributed to the society with data application science and AI associated technology. SYSTEX also looked forward to gaining more resources invested to strive for the digital transformation in future glorious new world.

    Frank Lin, the General Manager of SYSTEX Corporation, indicated, “The evolution of technology has gone beyond our imagination so as to drive the rapid changes in the world. The definition of industry has been broken while enterprises sense the pressure of changing and moving forward. Only with connection to share resources, innovate business models and expand market borders can enterprises foresee future opportunities and risks; however, knowing how to use the data asset from enterprises, integrating the crossover software of 5A (Application, Mobile Application, API, Appliance, Algorithm) and data enable enterprises to create the second growth curve, actually helping enterprises set correct growing direction.”
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    SYSTEX Signs Cooperation Agreement with Siemens, Accelerates Taiwan’s Digital Transformation

    SYSTEX has signed a cooperation agreement with Siemens, becoming the first Taiwanese vendor to promote the cloud-based IoT open operating system, MindSphere. SYSTEX will work with Siemens to provide digital transformation services and help Taiwanese enterprises implement smart manufacturing. In addition to deepening the cooperative relationship between the two parties, the formal signing of the cooperation agreement also officially announced that SYSTEX has become a MindSphere partner, providing commercial, technical, marketing and marketing supports to assist in establishing successful MindSphere IIoT services and solutions. In addition, Siemens and SYSTEX will work together to promote the development of smart factories.

    As one example, SYSTEX has assisted the Taiwanese machine tool maker, Leadermac Machinery, to implement the Siemens MindSphere platform. Through cloud data analysis and proprietary applications, it collects machine tool data to understand tool wear rates and information about optimal maintenance times. This extends after-sales service to customers, and is a successful example of the value-added implementation of IoT data.
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    SYSTEX Joins Hands with Leading Global AI Development Companies to Create Great Experiences, Help Taiwan Businesses Move Toward Business 4.0

    Gathering 40 AI ecosystem partners to showcase AI application scenarios in 30 industries, SYSTEX invited global leading AI R&D partners, such as IBM, Microsoft, SAP, AWS, SenseTime, iFlytek, the ITRI, Advantech and other companies, to the “AI4IA Application Exhibition and Trend Forum". This event jointly showcased the latest AI development and practical applications, specifically demonstrating how to embed AI into real business services and everyday life. More than a thousand VIPs from various industries gathered to experience how the world is changing together.

    Frank Lin, SYSTEX President and CEO, said, “From the internet age of enterprise 1.0, to the mobile age of 2.0, then the cloud with 3.0, we are now moving toward enterprise 4.0. The key to making enterprise 4.0 happen will be using AI to create second-growth curves for businesses, which will be the core capacity that drives whether companies are able to transform and continue growing over the next decade. In order to advance businesses in Taiwan to apply AI, SYSTEX strategically allied with global leaders in AI technology, introducing trained AI into industry-specific business processes and service environments. This provides excellent user experience design, deepens business application software, and creates new value for innovation for both inside and outside the companies.
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