December 09, 2008
Real-Time analysis of numerous amount of chronological inventory data
Began providing service to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
TOKYO, Dec. 9 -- Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI) and Fixstars Corporation have cooperatively developed an inventory data monitoring system utilizing the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) for asset-based lending (ABL). Based on this system, MRI is providing real-time inventory fluctuation analysis tool to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
This inventory data monitoring system was developed for ABL asset analysis. ABL is a form of lending based on very liquid assets such as inventory and accounts receivable, and it is a form of financing that does not depend upon mortgage collaterals or personal guarantees; hence, it is becoming increasingly more common especially with small and medium sized enterprises.
MRI and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ have cooperatively developed a quantitative inventory fluctuation identification and analysis model through a joint research project to develop ABL business by utilizing risk assessment and mathematical methods.
MRI, in providing an analysis tool based on this model, has decided to use the Cell/B.E. as the system platform to handle the visualization of large volumes of data and for extracting characteristic properties. In order to extract characteristic properties, the inventory fluctuation data is analyzed from various viewpoints.
In building the inventory data monitoring system, MRI chose the Cell/B.E. programming specialists Fixstars to collaborate on the project. Incorporating Cell/B.E. mathematical methods into the analysis model enhanced its execution speed which allowed it to perform real-time analysis of the relationships between inventories for very many chronologically ordered inventory data.
Mathematical methods, regardless of it being value or volume based, introduced for this analysis uses a non-linear chronological model to analyze the inventory fluctuations. This allows the system to scientifically and automatically detect anomalies in the fluctuations which requires vast volumes of data processing which means greater computational burden. However, by taking advantage of Cell/B.E.'s strength in parallel processing, it was possible to simultaneously realize both fast execution times and precision analysis.
MRI provides the analysis tool to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ for detecting properties hidden in inventory fluctuations by using this system in the ABL field that is expected to see growth.
Moving forward, MRI plans on providing services based on this analysis model in fields other than finance such as logistics and manufacturing. For more details for MRI, visit https://secure.mri.co.jp/MRI/english/en_contact.cgi?cn=eng.
Fixstars is the pioneering company of the Cell Broadband Engine, high performance multicore processor. Fixstars enables companies to speed up business by offering astonishing speed and quality software, middleware, OS on Cell/B.E. and hardware equipped Cell/B.E. including the GigaAccel 180 PCIe board with PowerXCell 8i, for industries such as Finance, Medical, Manufacturing and Digital media. Founded in 2002, Fixstars is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, see http://www.fixstars.com/en/index.html.
Source: Fixstars Corp.
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