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OpenVPX Rugged SBC Features GPGPU Technology Taking CUDA Beyond Graphics

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A Rugged 6U OpenVPX Single Board Computer (SBC) features integrated general-purpose computing on a graphics processing unit (GPGPU) capability. The IPN250 from GE Intelligent Platforms features Nvidia’s CUDA technology. CUDA is becoming increasingly attractive to systems integrators since it has been demonstrated to be capable of enabling performance gains of up to 100x in a range of applications: its innovative technology and openness create the opportunity for improved productivity and sustainable competitive advantage. It is increasingly mandated by some Department of Defense (DoD) program offices because it offers increased flexibility and reduced cost of ownership when compared with previous FPGA-centric solutions. 

The IPN250 combines Nvidia’s latest GT240 96-core GPU with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor operating at 2.26 GHz and 8 Gbytes of DDR3 SDRAM to deliver up to 390 GFLOPS of performance per card slot, depending on the application. It is designed to be compliant with the OpenVPX standard, ensuring interoperability with a broad range of other OpenVPX boards. 

The IPN250 includes two primary data planes and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports supporting multiboard switched fabric OpenVPX architectures. A 16-lane PCI Express Gen2 interface on the P2 expansion plane provides high-speed interconnect for multiboard GPGPU clusters as well as system I/O to PCI Express-enabled sensor modules such as GE’s family of Xilinx Virtex5 and Virtex6 mezzanine cards. Two 1000Base-T and two 1000Base-Bx control plane ports are available, together with additional PCI Express, USB 2.0, SATA, COM ports, GPIO , audio and TV input. Video and multimedia is supported via the dual link DVI, HDMI and VGA ports directly into the Nvidia GT240 device to cater for a wide range of interfaces. 

GE Intelligent Platforms’ AXISLib advanced multiprocessor software development VSIPL, DSP and math libraries for CUDA and Intel SSE4 facilitate application development and code portability for the IPN250 and future GPGPU platforms. In addition to Nvidia’s CUDA environment, supported software includes Linux, Windows, Microsoft DirectX, OpenCL, OpenGL and MATLAB, together with Nvidia’s PureVideo Technology and PhysX. 

GE Intelligent Platforms
Charlottesville, VA.
(800) 368-2738.
[www.ge-ip.com/gpgpu].