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GE Provides High Performance Computing (HPC) with New Quad Core Multiprocessor for Defence Applications

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article image High Performance Computing with DSP280 Quad Core Multiprocessor

GE Intelligent Platforms  introduces the DSP280 rugged dual socket quad core 6U VPX multiprocessor designed to improve defence intelligence applications.  

The DSP280 quad core multiprocessor is the fifth new product from GE to harness the superior performance of the 2nd generation Intel Core i7 chip set.  

Designed to meet the rigorous real-time demands of applications such as ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar, sonar as well as image and sensor processing, DSP280 quad core multiprocessor can be employed across a wide range of deployed platforms in defence vehicles.  

High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) solutions using the DSP280 are expected to be deployed to enable the near real-time delivery of theatre data of actionable quality to command/control centres.  

The HPEC architecture in the DSP280 can scale from one to many processor nodes per enclosure via RDMA-enabled 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Double Data Rate (DDR) InfiniBand dual port NICs, delivering up to 1.8 GBytes/second data rates per channel with memory-to-memory latencies of approximately 1µs.  

Key features of the DSP280 dual quad core multiprocessor platform:  

  • Capable of more than 260 Gigaflops peak performance
  • Delivers main memory bandwidth of up to 21 GBytes/second per CPU node
  • 16 GBytes of ECC memory, along with 16 GBytes of solid state disk can eliminate the need for traditional hard disk drives  
  • Supports 3D high-resolution graphics, further enhancing its utility and flexibility, and widening application potential
  • System integrators can map multiple platform functions such as control, DSP and graphics onto one or more DSP280s to reduce spares and simplify logistical support in the field
  • Takes advantage of GE’s AXISLib to provide outstanding DSP performance with VSIPL API for code portability

The DSP280 quad core multiprocessor is part of GE’s HPEC product family, which includes the SBC624 2nd Generation Core i7 6U OpenVPX SBC, the NPN240 featuring dual NVIDIA CUDA GPGPUs, and switch fabric modules such as the NETernity GBX460 10 Gigabit Ethernet card.      

Michael Stern, Global Product Manager for Military & Aerospace High Performance Embedded Computing at GE Intelligent Platforms says that the DSP280 responds to the asymmetric, dynamic and rapidly changing threat landscape by providing higher computing performance in a smaller space, at lower weight and with less power consumption.  

This, according to Stern facilitates extended mission time across a broader range of platforms while providing more sensor data at higher resolutions in a shorter time, delivering better information to decision-makers and providing superior activity-based intelligence.  

Prime contractors, OEMs and integrators can derive significant benefits from the DSP280 quad core multiprocessor as GE’s comprehensive support for open standards gives their customers access to off-the-shelf hardware and software technologies.  

Resultant benefits include program risk mitigation, reduced time-to-solution, enhanced flexibility and lower cost.  

Since the DSP280 enables the development of smaller, lighter subsystems, a broader range of mission types and platforms can be supported from the same development effort, adds Stern.

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