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I have been working for a while now with Movidius NCS at my Institute (Fraunhofer IIS) for testing, building a know how, and implementing NN for industry on the NCS. I will write here few of our remarks for other people interested in the NCS and trying to work with it.
The performance for the NCS (FLOPS/power) is really impressive and enables the implementation of complicated (big) deep NN on the edge. We were quite happy to see the release of SDK 2 few weeks ago which allowed running multiple graphs on the same stick using the added FIFO feature. Previously, we had to use multiple sticks (extra hardware) or load/unload the different graphs on the same stick for every inference (adds a relative large overhead). We have tested the new SDK and here are the few remarks on the results:
In conclusion, The Movidius NCS is powerful and have so far good figures that allows implementing deep NN at the edge using low power. The new SDK added good features and flexibility. However, There are some features that would be very good to have in the future that would enhance the developer experience and the prototyping procedure.
Note: These are my own observations, so if you have a different observation please feel free to correct me. I will update with more observations after I test more.
Researcher at Fraunhofer IIS,