GE Intelligent Platforms introduced the 6U OpenVPX CUDA Starter Kit. The GE 6U CUDA Starter Kit is designed for GPGPU (general purpose computing on a graphics processing unit) technology for rugged, size/weight-constrained, deployed mission computing applications such as radar, sonar, image processing, signals intelligence and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). The kit is a complete, integrated, pre-tested hardware and software development environment. A 3U OpenVPX CUDA Starter Kit is also available.
The GE OpenVPX 6U CUDA Starter Kit supports multiple fabric topologies within a single chassis. Developers do not need to define the system back plane requirements in advance of application development. This means that engineers can experiment with the system design before committing to a particular fabric interconnect for the final system, reducing risk and time to market. The OpenVPX 6U CUDA Starter Kit reduces the time-to-solution.
The 6U CUDA Starter Kit includes the hardware and software to for the development of the demanding multiprocessing applications. The kit features an IPN250 single board computer with an Intel Core2 Duo processor and an NVIDIA 96-core GT240 GPU, an NPN240 dual NVIDIA GT240 GPU card to support multi-GPU configurations, a 4-slot chassis and ancillary hardware (including disk drives, rear transition modules, power supply and cables), and a preinstalled CentOS Linux start-up image.
CUDA is a parallel computing architecture, developed by NVIDIA for its GPUs, that is accessible to software developers through industry standard programming languages and makes the latest NVIDIA GPUs accessible for massively parallel computation. CUDA is ideal for deployed mission computing applications: performance improvements for certain types of application, such as radar, have been demonstrated to be 10x or better when compared to CPU-only solutions.
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