GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms recently released openVPX-compatible GRA111 high performance graphics board. The GRA111 graphics board 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.
GRA111 graphics boards are the first member of GE Fanuc’s planned family of CUDA-enabled products that are expected to revolutionise 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 (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.
NVIDIA’s CUDA is a general purpose parallel computing architecture that takes advantage of the parallel compute engine in NVIDIA’ GPU’S to solve many computational problems in a fraction of the time required on a general purpose CPU. It includes the CUDA Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) and the parallel compute engine of the GPU.
CUDA has been shown to deliver a 100x increase in speed in a broad range of applications that lend themselves to parallel computing. Early tests at GE Fanuc have shown that military applications can benefit from similar increases in speed. A major prime contractor in the military/aerospace industry has evaluated the CUDA architecture in a radar system, and found that performance improvement of 15 xs is achievable with minimal reprogramming effort. Other prime contractors are expressing substantial interest in the technology.
The 3U format GRA111 graphics board derives much of its astonishing performance from the 96 cores, 128 bit memory interface, 1 Gbyte of DDR3 video memory, 16- lane PCI Express Gen 2 interface, 540MHz graphics clock and 1,302MHz processor clock of the NVIDIA GT 240 GPU.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics .