Special Report: Computing on the Edge
Much of the federal government’s IT modernization efforts over the last decade have focused on centralizing computing power in the cloud. But as those capabilities increase, agencies must also be thinking about how to improve computing at the edge, on devices people can touch.
For federal agencies, edge computing ranges from lower-powered devices like desktops, laptops and smartphones to high-performance supercomputers like those used at the Energy Department’s national labs and NASA, among others. The U.S. Postal Service is another such example, with its own Edge Computing Infrastructure Program, or ECIP, testing advanced tools at processing facilities.