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AWS DeepRacer Update – New Features & New Racing Opportunities

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-deepracer-update-new-features-new-racing-opportunities/

I first wrote about AWS DeepRacer at this time last year, and described it as an opportunity for you to get some hands-on experience with Reinforcement Learning (RL). Along with the rest of the AWS team, I believe that you should always be improving your existing skills and building new ones.

We launched the AWS DeepRacer car and the AWS DeepRacer League so that you could have the opportunity to get experience and new skills in a fun, competitive environment. In less than a year, tens of thousands of developers have participated in hands-on and virtual races located all over the world. Their enthusiasm and energy have been inspiring, as has been the creativity. Earlier this month, Jungyoul Ku wrote about his DeepRacer Lap Timer (be sure to check out all of his videos and his code). The DeepRacer Slack Community has over 1000 racers, thanks to the efforts of AWS ML Hero Lyndon Leggate. Another AWS Community Hero, Cyrus Wong, runs the AWS DeepRacer Community Blog.

All of this enthusiasm and energy has spread to our partners and enterprise customers as well. APN Premier Partner Accenture has created one of the World’s Largest Private DeepRacer Leagues, spanning 30 global locations and 17 countries. We have seen that DeepRacer has sparked interest in machine learning from our enterprise customers, and has inspired them to start multiple production-grade ML projects.

Today I would like to tell you about the three ways that we are growing the DeepRacer program. We are adding more chances to compete at AWS events & at your own events, more chances to win, with new races including head-to-head multi-car competitions, and an upgraded DeepRacer car with new sensing capabilities.

Announcing AWS DeepRacer Evo
We are working to make the AWS DeepRacer car even more perceptive and powerful. The upcoming AWS DeepRacer Evo car will include a stereo camera and a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor. The added sensors will enable DeepRacer Evo to skillfully detect and respond to obstacles, including other DeepRacers. This will help you to learn even more about the exciting field of reinforcement learning, which is ideal for use in autonomous driving.

The new sensors will be available soon in virtual form for use in the new My Garage section of the DeepRacer Console. I’ll have more info about our production plans for AWS DeepRacer Evo, including a sensor upgrade kit for your existing DeepRacer car, in early 2020.

If you would like to be notified when the DeepRacer Evo car is available for purchase, sign up here.

New Racing Challenges & Opportunities
We are expanding the DeepRacer League in 2020. We’re adding 8 additional races in 5 countries as part of an expanded AWS Summit presence, and 18 additional virtual races. There will also be a track (and a race) at re:MARS 2020. As a result, you now have 30 opportunities to join us for an in-person AWS DeepRacer League Summit race, along with 24 Virtual Circuit races that you can join from anywhere in the world.

In addition to the existing time trial race, we are adding two new race types to give you some new RL challenges, and to give you the opportunity to experiment with different sensors:

Object Detection & Avoidance – Use the sensors to detect and (hopefully) avoid obstacles.

Head-to-Head Racing – Race against another DeepRacer that is on the same track. Do your best to avoid it while still turning in the best lap time.

Both of these new challenges will require you to construct really good reward functions and to carefully tune your hyperparameters! You will be able to create a customized sensor configuration in the new online Garage:

You will also have the ability to choose your own neural network topology:

Create Your Own Races
We are going to give you the ability to create your own virtual Community Races in the console. You will be able to organize competitions (and track progress) within your company, tech community, neighborhood, or friend list:

AWS DeepRacer at re:Invent
As I write this, the top 64 racers are preparing for the 2019 Championship Cup Knockouts that will take place at re:Invent 2019. Over 650 racers prepared for this race by building & training their models on the Championship Cup Warm-Up, with lap times as low as 5.35 seconds.

If you are planning to attend re:Invent, there’s a lot of DeepRacer action in the works. Here’s an overview:

DeepRacer League – The 22nd and final qualifying race will take place on December 2nd at the Quad in Aria.

DeepRacer Championship Cup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena – Six tracks will be open from Tuesday through Thursday, with time for open-play racing and opportunities for you to get hands-on time with an AWS DeepRacer Evo. The 64 fastest racers from around the world will compete and the fastest 3 will proceed to the on-stage finals at 8 AM on December 5th, before Werner’s keynote. The winner will get to lift the Championship Cup.

DeepRacer Expert Bootcamp – A joint effort by the AWS DeepRacer Community and AWS, this event is for developers who are serious about competing in the upcoming 2020 league.

DeepRacer Workshops – We will be hosting ten introductory workshops and one Under the Hood deep dive.

For more information on all of these events, take a look at the DeepRacer Events at re:Invent page!

AWS DeepRacer in 2020
We have a lot of exciting events planned for 2020, and I’ll share more information as soon as it becomes available. The AWS DeepRacer League will start in March 2020, and will include new tracks and other challenges designed to test your skills.

Jeff;

Learn about AWS Services & Solutions – September AWS Online Tech Talks

Post Syndicated from Jenny Hang original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/learn-about-aws-services-solutions-september-aws-online-tech-talks/

Learn about AWS Services & Solutions – September AWS Online Tech Talks

AWS Tech Talks

Join us this September to learn about AWS services and solutions. The AWS Online Tech Talks are live, online presentations that cover a broad range of topics at varying technical levels. These tech talks, led by AWS solutions architects and engineers, feature technical deep dives, live demonstrations, customer examples, and Q&A with AWS experts. Register Now!

Note – All sessions are free and in Pacific Time.

Tech talks this month:

 

Compute:

September 23, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTBuild Your Hybrid Cloud Architecture with AWS – Learn about the extensive range of services AWS offers to help you build a hybrid cloud architecture best suited for your use case.

September 26, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTSelf-Hosted WordPress: It’s Easier Than You Think – Learn how you can easily build a fault-tolerant WordPress site using Amazon Lightsail.

October 3, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTLower Costs by Right Sizing Your Instance with Amazon EC2 T3 General Purpose Burstable Instances – Get an overview of T3 instances, understand what workloads are ideal for them, and understand how the T3 credit system works so that you can lower your EC2 instance costs today.

 

Containers:

September 26, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTDevelop a Web App Using Amazon ECS and AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) – Learn how to build your first app using CDK and AWS container services.

 

Data Lakes & Analytics:

September 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTBest Practices for Provisioning Amazon MSK Clusters and Using Popular Apache Kafka-Compatible Tooling – Learn best practices on running Apache Kafka production workloads at a lower cost on Amazon MSK.

 

Databases:

September 25, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTWhat’s New in Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) – Learn what’s new in Amazon DocumentDB, a fully managed MongoDB compatible database service designed from the ground up to be fast, scalable, and highly available.

October 3, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTBest Practices for Enterprise-Class Security, High-Availability, and Scalability with Amazon ElastiCache – Learn about new enterprise-friendly Amazon ElastiCache enhancements like customer managed key and online scaling up or down to make your critical workloads more secure, scalable and available.

 

DevOps:

October 1, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT – CI/CD for Containers: A Way Forward for Your DevOps Pipeline – Learn how to build CI/CD pipelines using AWS services to get the most out of the agility afforded by containers.

 

Enterprise & Hybrid:

September 24, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PT Virtual Workshop: How to Monitor and Manage Your AWS Costs – Learn how to visualize and manage your AWS cost and usage in this virtual hands-on workshop.

October 2, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT – Accelerate Cloud Adoption and Reduce Operational Risk with AWS Managed Services – Learn how AMS accelerates your migration to AWS, reduces your operating costs, improves security and compliance, and enables you to focus on your differentiating business priorities.

 

IoT:

September 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTComplex Monitoring for Industrial with AWS IoT Data Services – Learn how to solve your complex event monitoring challenges with AWS IoT Data Services.

 

Machine Learning:

September 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTTraining Machine Learning Models Faster – Learn how to train machine learning models quickly and with a single click using Amazon SageMaker.

September 30, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTUsing Containers for Deep Learning Workflows – Learn how containers can help address challenges in deploying deep learning environments.

October 3, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PTVirtual Workshop: Getting Hands-On with Machine Learning and Ready to Race in the AWS DeepRacer League – Join DeClercq Wentzel, Senior Product Manager for AWS DeepRacer, for a presentation on the basics of machine learning and how to build a reinforcement learning model that you can use to join the AWS DeepRacer League.

 

AWS Marketplace:

September 30, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTAdvancing Software Procurement in a Containerized World – Learn how to deploy applications faster with third-party container products.

 

Migration:

September 24, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTApplication Migrations Using AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) – Learn how to use AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) for automating application migration and scheduling continuous replication, from your on-premises data centers or Microsoft Azure to AWS.

 

Networking & Content Delivery:

September 25, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTBuilding Highly Available and Performant Applications using AWS Global Accelerator – Learn how to build highly available and performant architectures for your applications with AWS Global Accelerator, now with source IP preservation.

September 30, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTAWS Office Hours: Amazon CloudFront – Just getting started with Amazon CloudFront and [email protected]? Get answers directly from our experts during AWS Office Hours.

 

Robotics:

October 1, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTRobots and STEM: AWS RoboMaker and AWS Educate Unite! – Come join members of the AWS RoboMaker and AWS Educate teams as we provide an overview of our education initiatives and walk you through the newly launched RoboMaker Badge.

 

Security, Identity & Compliance:

October 1, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTDeep Dive on Running Active Directory on AWS – Learn how to deploy Active Directory on AWS and start migrating your windows workloads.

 

Serverless:

October 2, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTDeep Dive on Amazon EventBridge – Learn how to optimize event-driven applications, and use rules and policies to route, transform, and control access to these events that react to data from SaaS apps.

 

Storage:

September 24, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTOptimize Your Amazon S3 Data Lake with S3 Storage Classes and Management Tools – Learn how to use the Amazon S3 Storage Classes and management tools to better manage your data lake at scale and to optimize storage costs and resources.

October 2, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTThe Great Migration to Cloud Storage: Choosing the Right Storage Solution for Your Workload – Learn more about AWS storage services and identify which service is the right fit for your business.