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GE Intelligent Platforms announces GRA111 for supercomputing applications in harsh environments

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GE Intelligent Platforms  announced the OpenVPX-compatible GRA111 high performance graphics board. Further developing the relationship announced on October 8 by GE Intelligent Platforms and NVIDIA Corporation, the GRA111 is not only among the first commercially-available products to feature NVIDIA’s newly-announced GT 240 GPU (graphics processing unit), but is also the first rugged implementation of a CUDA-capable GPU.

Features and benefits of the high performance graphics board include:

  • The high performance graphics board has been shown to deliver a 100x increase in speed in a broad range of applications that lend themselves to parallel computing
  • The 3U format GRA111on the graphics board derives much of its performance  from the 96 cores
  • The graphics board includes a 128-bit memory interface
  • 1 GByte of DDR3 video memory
  • The graphics board features a 16-lane PCI Express Gen 2 interface
  • 540MHz graphics clock and 1,302MHz processor clock of the NVIDIA GT 240 GPU
  • The high performance graphics board are optionally available as an LRM (Line Replaceable Module) in accordance with the VPX-REDI (VITA 48) standard and with a rich set of I/O, the advanced capabilities of the GRA111 can also be applied to many of the most common graphics and video applications
  • Dual, independent channels on the graphics board mean that it is capable of driving RGB analog component video, digital DVI 1.0, and HDMI standards. In addition, the GRA111’s video input capability allows integration of sensor data using RS170, NTSC or PAL video formats
The GRA111high performance graphics board is the first member of GE's planned family of CUDA-enabled products that are expected to revolutionize military and aerospace embedded computing by bringing a ‘supercomputing’ capability to applications and environments that require leading edge processing such as radar, signals intelligence and video surveillance and interpretation.

“The enormous potential of the GPGPU – the general purpose graphics processing unit – with its massively parallel computing architecture is just beginning to become apparent to developers in the military and aerospace field,” said Rob McKeel, Vice President, Embedded Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms.  “What we are announcing today is an exciting first: a new compact, lightweight platform that can deliver exceptional levels of computing performance in demanding applications and challenging environments.”

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