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Sep 8, 2020

When a major metropolitan area needs to find and pick up trash, they don’t just send out people in orange vests with sticks and a sack. The San Francisco Estuary Institute, or SFEI, protects the San Francisco Bay. To spot trash, they send up drones, and those drones take about 35,000 pictures. Every image has to be processed to spot trash, and it was taking nearly a month to get that done. That’s when SFEI turned to the team-up of Oracle and the “active analytics” startup, Kinetica. Kinetica ran the entire workload on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using powerful NVIDIA GPUs. Images were ingested and simultaneously run through SFEI’s trash-detection model in real time. Processing time went from a month to a few hours.