Emerging heterogeneous computing, computing at the edge, machine learning and AI at the edge technology drives approaches and techniques for processing and analysing onboard instrument data in near real-time. The author has used edge computing and neural networks combined with high performance heterogeneous computing platforms to accelerate AI workloads. Heterogeneous computing hardware used is readily available, low cost, delivers impressive AI performance and can run multiple neural networks in parallel. Collecting, processing and machine learning from onboard instruments data in near real-time is not a trivial problem due to data volumes, complexities of data filtering, data storage and continual learning. Little research has been done on continual machine learning which aims at a higher level of machine intelligence through providing the artificial agents with the ability to learn from a non-stationary and never-ending stream of data. The author has applied the concept of continual learning to building a system that continually learns from actual boat performance and refines predictions previously done using static VPP data. The neural networks used are initially trained using the output from traditional VPP software and continue to learn from actual data collected under real sailing conditions. The author will present the system design, AI, and edge computing techniques used and the approaches he has researched for incremental training to realise continual learning.

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