Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Intel to collaborate on bringing together advanced ship technology from Rolls-Royce with components and systems engineering from Intel. This will require new shipping intelligence centres that will have data centre and AI capabilities to manage autonomous navigation and communication.
The collaboration will include the use of Intel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, Intel Xeon Scalable Processors optimised for high performance computing, and memory and storage, including Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory and Intel Optane SSD, and Intel 3D NAND SSD.
Kevin Daffey, Rolls-Royce, Director, Engineering & Technology and Ship Intelligence, said “This collaboration can help us to support ship owners in the automation of their navigation and operations, reducing the opportunity for human error and allowing crews to focus on more valuable tasks.
“Simply said, this project would not be possible without the leading-edge technology Intel brings to the table. Together, we’ll blend the best of the best, Intel and Rolls-Royce to change the world of shipping."
Rolls-Royce has been one of the most vocal proponents of autonomous shipping. The company’s commercial marine business has been sold to Kongsberg in a deal that is expected to complete in Q1 2019.