Digital twins will aid developers in 2023
|Richard Harris in Programming Tuesday, January 24, 2023|
Dr. William L. Bain from ScaleOut Software predicts that developers and businesses will adopt real-time digital twins to extract deeper operational intelligence, use them as a tool for modeling behavior, improving real-time analytics, and making predictions.
Dr. William Bain is the founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software, which develops software products to provide operational intelligence for live systems using scalable, in-memory computing. Bill earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University. Over a 40-year career focused on parallel computing, he has contributed to advancements at Bell Labs Research, Intel, and Microsoft, and holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing.
Below, Dr. William Bain shares his 2023 predictions for the widespread adoption of real-time digital twins and the popularization of real-time data simulation.
Developers and businesses will adopt real-time digital twins to extract deeper operational intelligence
Moving beyond their use in developing new products, digital twins are now able to track dynamically evolving state information in real time for thousands of individual IoT data sources. Called "real-time digital twins," they provide an important breakthrough for streaming analytics. The use of per-device state information enables deep introspection within milliseconds and more effective feedback than previously possible. Unlike traditional techniques for stream processing, real-time digital twins provide insights that can be utilized immediately rather than having to wait for offline data analysis. For example, they can track a large vehicle fleet to identify lost or fatigued drivers and emerging mechanical issues. They also can track thousands of IoT sensors in a power grid, corporate infrastructure, or smart city to immediately identify and evaluate security threats.
More organizations and developers will adopt real-time digital twins in 2023 to meet their widespread real-time device monitoring needs. From tracking smartwatches to ensuring the timely distribution of supplies after a disaster, the applications are nearly limitless. Being able to obtain effective real-time insights in complex scenarios will become increasingly critical in quickly making informed decisions. As real-time digital twins continue to gain intelligence, they are poised to deliver significant new capabilities for streaming analytics.
Real-time simulation with digital twins will become an important tool
At the same time, digital twins will enable the simulation of live systems to help organizations across numerous industries validate complex real-time interactions and identify issues. This will provide an important new technique for tracking live systems faster than in real-time and making projections that enable key optimizations.
For example, digital twins can simulate thousands of data sources, such as passengers within a large transportation system or components within a municipal water and power infrastructure to predict behaviors that must be mitigated. They also can collect telemetry from live systems and replay this telemetry in simulation to evaluate alternative outcomes and optimize real-time monitoring.
As developers and organizations face increasing demands to better manage their complex live systems, the use of digital twins in simulating real-time systems will offer a powerful tool for modeling behavior, improving real-time analytics, and making predictions. In 2023, we expect this novel combination of technologies to offer new insights that were not previously possible.
Dr. William L. Bain is the founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software, which has been developing software products since 2003 designed to enhance operational intelligence within live systems using scalable, in-memory computing technology. Bill earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University. Over a 40-year career focused on parallel computing, he has contributed to advancements at Bell Labs Research, Intel, and Microsoft, and holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing. Bill founded and ran three companies prior to ScaleOut Software. The most recent, Valence Research, developed web load-balancing software and was acquired by Microsoft Corporation to enhance the Windows Server operating system. As an investor and member of the screening committee for the Seattle-based Alliance of Angels, Bill is actively involved in entrepreneurship and the angel community.
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