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Multiprocessor with GPGPU Delivers Performance, Functionality in Less Space
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A new 6U OpenVPX multiprocessor board brings three key benefits to defense prime contractors and systems integrators. First, the IPN251 from General Electric Intelligent Platforms responds to the growing demand to provide more functionality within a constrained size, weight and power (SWaP) envelope. The massively parallel nature of general purpose computing on a graphics processing unit (GPGPU) technology allows larger numbers of more sophisticated algorithms to be processed in a single chassis slot than is possible with conventional computing.
Second, by allowing more processing to take place on a vehicle, it means that the platform is less dependent on the external network, and can become more self-sufficient, which also frees valuable network bandwidth for other applications. It also allows the vehicle’s sensor capability to be expanded enormously, as processing of sensor-derived data can take place on board.
Third, it reduces time-to-market and time-to-revenue for systems integrators and prime contractors, while minimizing risk and cost. The IPN251 does this by harnessing proven “best practice” from commercial high performance computing. By using open, industry hardware and software standards that are well understood and that benefit from a substantial support infrastructure, the IPN251 allows development time to be significantly reduced.
The IPN251 combines the latest 384-core NVIDIA Kepler GPGPU technology with a third generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor to deliver outstanding computing performance in a wide range of demanding data-intensive applications, particularly intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR).
The IPN251 offers substantially improved performance not only because of the more powerful NVIDIA technology it incorporates, but also through its support of GPUDirect, which delivers superior data transfer times with the lowest latency and maximum throughput. Onboard and backplane communication is maximized by the use of PCI Express Gen 3 components, including the dual-channel Mellanox ConnectX-3 10 Gigabit Ethernet/InfiniBand network interface card. The third generation Intel Core i7 CPU and the GPU are connected via a 16-lane PCI Express Gen 3 switch.
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