Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it has expanded its family of open architecture high performance embedded computing (HPEC) processors designed for demanding ISR applications with the addition of two new NVIDIA Tesla Pascal (P6) 16 nm GPGPU-based OpenVPX modules. Designed for use in compute intensive ISR and EW systems, the fully rugged VPX3-4924 and VPX6-4944 modules are ideal for use in applications, such as sensor fusion or large swath video mapping, that require TFLOPS of accelerated processing. With their on-device support for NVIDIA High Performance Compute (HPC) mode, these HPEC engines can ingest the massive amounts of data generated by modern Radar, SIGINT, and EO/IR sensors. The VPX3-4924 module, a 3U OpenVPX GPGPU Processor, features a single Tesla P6 GPU and delivers 6.2 TFLOPS performance. For more demanding applications, the 6U form factor VPX6-4944 deploys dual Tesla P6s, doubling available compute power to 12.4 TFLOPS. These state-of-the-technology GPGPU modules extend Curtiss-Wright’s proven leadership as a supplier of the most advanced compute solutions for embedded ISR applications.
These GPGPU modules enable system designers to fully leverage the benefits of virtualization via NVIDIA’s Virtual GPU (vGPU) graphics virtualization platform, and provide virtual machines (VM) access to NVIDIA GPU technology. vGPU is supported by NVIDIA’s GRID 2.0 API, the industry’s most advanced technology for sharing virtual GPU hardware acceleration between multiple users, with support for up to 16 instances. Using the GRID API, virtual and physical devices present the system designer with identical features and an identical user experience, making the actual and the virtual GPU instance indistinguishable.
Available only on the Tesla line of NVIDIA GPUs, HPC mode is especially well suited for use as an advanced GPGPU compute engine. Starting with Pascal-generation boards, switching between graphics and compute mode is no longer required. NVIDIA GRID software automatically handles most setting adjustments previously requiring the switch to graphics mode. In HPC mode, the Tesla Pascal includes ECC (error-correcting code) memory support.
“With these latest additions to our family of NVIDIA Pascal-based modules, Curtiss-Wright continues our commitment to being the proven and trusted HPEC solution provider, enabling our ISR/EW customers to achieve their parallelization objectives and maximize their performance per watt”, said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solution division. “The Tesla P6-based VPX3-4924 and VPX6-4944 GPGPU modules, with their large 16 GB DMA BAR memory per GPU, deliver unmatched communications in support of I/O intensive HPEC applications such as sensor fusion or large swath video mapping. Even better, our OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite of software tools reduces program risk for developing complex GPGPU HPEC systems, greatly expediting the time between development and deployment.”
Key Performance Features per GPU:
- 2048 NVIDIA CUDA® cores
- 6.2 TFLOPS single precision (FP32)
- 67 GFLOPS/Watt
- 16 GB GDDR5 Memory
- NVIDIA GPUDirect™ DMA technology
- Memory Width: 256 bit
- Max memory bandwidth: 192 GB/s
- ECC memory support
- NVIDIA GRID vGPU virtualization
- HPC Mode: 16 DMA BAR
- PCIe x16 Gen 3