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Sarah Dickinson

In Europe, the cost of running a cereal farm – cultivating wheat, rice, and other grains – has risen by 85% in the last 25 years, yet crop yields and revenues have stagnated. And while farms struggle to remain profitable, it won’t be long before those static yields become insufficient to support growing populations.

Reliance on tractors is at the heart of both of these problems. Not only are tractors immensely costly to buy and maintain, they are also inefficient.

The Small Robot Company (SRC), a UK based agri-tech start up, is working to overturn this paradigm by replacing tractors with lightweight robots. Developed using Ubuntu, these robots are greener and cheaper to run than tractors, and generate far higher yields thanks to AI-driven precision.

In this innovative deployment of robotics and AI for commercial farming, you’ll learn:

  • How the agri-tech start up is using robotics to grow crops and reduce waste, including its current partnership with a leading UK supermarket chain.
  • The emergence of Farming as a Service (FaaS) business model, eliminating the need to invest upfront in expensive machinery
  • How the use of Ubuntu in the cloud and on the hardware powers SRC’s three robots – Tom, Dick and Harry – plus Wilma, its AI system, to accelerate development and provide a stable platform.

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Carmine Rimi

Kubecon Europe 2019

Kubeflow, the Kubernetes native application for AI and Machine Learning, continues to accelerate feature additions and community growth. The community has released two new versions since the last Kubecon – 0.4 in January and 0.5 in April – and is currently working on the 0.6 release, to be released in July. The key features in each release are briefly discussed below.

Kubeflow at Kubecon

For those attending KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 in Barcelona, you can learn more about Kubeflow and how to apply it to your business in the following sessions:

TUESDAY, May 21

14:00Kubernetes the New Research Platform
– Lindsey Tulloch, Brock University & Bob Killen, University of Michigan
14:00Tutorial: Introduction to Kubeflow Pipelines
– Michelle Casbon, Dan Sanche, Dan Anghel, & Michal Zylinski, Google
15:55KubeFlow BoF (Birds of a Feather)
– David Aronchick, Microsoft & Yaron Haviv, Iguazio

WEDNESDAY, May 22

11:55Towards Kubeflow 1.0, Bringing a Cloud Native Platform For ML to Kubernetes
– David Aronchick, Microsoft & Jeremy Lewi, Google
14:00Building Cross-Cloud ML Pipelines with Kubeflow with Spark & Tensorflow
– Holden Karau, Google & Trevor Grant, IBM
14:50Managing Machine Learning in Production with Kubeflow and DevOps
– David Aronchick, Microsoft

THURSDAY, May 23

11:55A Tale of Two Worlds: Canary-Testing for Both ML Models and Microservices
– Jörg Schad, ArangoDB & Vincent Lesierse, Vamp.io
14:00Moving People and Products with Machine Learning on Kubeflow
– Jeremy Lewi, Google & Willem Pienaar, GO-JEK
14:50Economics and Best Practices of Running AI/ML Workloads on Kubernetes
– Maulin Patel, Google & Yaron Haviv, Iguazio

Come by the Canonical booth to learn how to get started with Kubeflow quickly and easily – on Ubuntu with Microk8s, and on Windows or macOS with Multipass and Microk8s.


What’s in Kubeflow 0.5?

  • This is a summary of some of the key features:
  • UI Improvements – new Central Dashboard and a new sidebar navigation
  • JupyterHub Improvements – launch multiple notebooks, attach volume
  • Fairing Python Library – build, train, and deploy models from notebooks or IDE
  • Katib (hyperparameter) Improvements – more generic, updated CRD, better status
  • KFCTL binary (configure and platform deploy). (https://deploy.kubeflow.cloud/)
  • Pipelines Persistence (upgrade or reinstall)
  • 150+ closed issues and 250+ merged PRs

You can learn more about the 0.5 release from the Kubeflow blog on 0.5.

What’s in Kubeflow 0.4?

  • An updated JupyterHub UI that makes it easy to spawn notebooks with Persistent Volume Claims (PVCs).
  • An alpha release of fairing, a python library that simplifies the build and train process for data scientists – they can start training jobs directly from a notebook or IDE.
  • An initial release of a Custom Resource Definition (CRD) for managing Jupyter notebooks. You can use kubectl to create notebook containers.
  • Kubeflow Pipelines for orchestrating ML workflows, which speeds the process of productizing models by reusing pipelines with different datasets or updated data.
  • Katib support for TFJob, which makes it easier to tune models and compare performance with different hyper-parameters.
  • Beta versions of the TFJob and PyTorch operators, which enable data scientists to program their training jobs against a more stable API and to more easily switch between training frameworks.

You can learn more about the 0.4 release from the Kubeflow blog on 0.4.

Learn more about Kubeflow

There is a wealth of information at kubeflow.org, this includes docs, blogs, and examples. In addition, you can go to ubuntu.com/ai/install to get started quickly.

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