Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT) are rising quickly. The recent emerging Industrial IoT (IIoT), a sub-paradigm of IoT, focuses more in safety-critical industrial applications. Studies showed that the adoption of BDA increase companies’ output and productivity; IoT enables companies to have more information and control in physical resources, processes, and environments; BDA and IIoT complement each other and develop as a double “helix”. In this position paper, we briefly review the opportunities and challenges in this era of big data and IoT for the Møre maritime cluster; then we propose a new framework integrating BDA and IIoT technologies for offshore support vessels (OSVs) based on a hybrid CPU/GPU/FPGA1 high performance computing platform. We believe that such a framework, when implemented, can help maritime companies increase their output and productivity, and hence enable the whole cluster to continue to be a leader in the global maritime industry.
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