High Performance GPU Module for Remote and Distributed Locations

The new PacStar 454 NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Enhanced Server Module from Curtiss-Wright is designed for demanding graphics, video and artificial intelligence and machine learning applications at the edge of the tactical battlefield By DA Reporter / 20 Oct 2021

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ PacStar business has introduced its highest performance PacStar 400-Series small communications module. 

The new PacStar 454 NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Enhanced Server Module is designed for demanding graphics, video and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications at the edge of the tactical battlefield. 

Measuring 5.3” x 7.1” x 5.5” and weighing 6.4 lbs, the compact PacStar 454 utilizes a Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) to deliver high Central Processing Unit (CPU) and General-Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) performance in a rugged package. Compatible with existing PacStar 400-Series modules, chassis, and accessories, the PacStar 454 combines a 12-core Intel 6th generation Xeon D processor and an NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 GPU with 3072 CUDA cores, 48 RT cores, and 384 Tensor cores (9.4 TFLOPS FP32 peak performance). 

The module’s CPU is supported with 128 GB RAM, and it provides up to 8 TB of high-speed NVMe storage. I/O includes 10 GigE SFP+ ports. The PacStar 454 is ideal for tactical, expeditionary vehicle-mount, forward operating base, and early-entry deployments for military, Homeland Security, first responders, and commercial/enterprise users.

“To support the new sensor and data driven capabilities envisioned for the DoD’s emerging JADC2 and ABMS networked battlefield, system designers need to field as much compute power as possible, in a package rugged enough to perform optimally in harsh conditions, while small and lightweight enough to enable mobility,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. 

“The new PacStar 454 module, our highest performance compact GPU module yet, reflects our commitment to lead the industry in delivering cutting-edge CPU and GPU technology for remote and distributed locations.”

“The new PacStar 454 GPU module gives our customers a distinct edge on the battlefield,” said Peggy Miller, Senior General Manager, PacStar Business Unit, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. 

“With its extensive AI and graphics processing abilities at the edge, the PacStar 454 sets a new standard for deployed size, weight and power optimized high performance computing.”

The PacStar 454 provides an optimal platform for tactical and distributed deployment of computer-intensive video and AI applications including:

  • Video: encoding, decoding, transcoding, analytics, object detection
  • Natural language understanding and translation
  • Cybersecurity: threat analytics, vulnerability detection, and defensive adversarial ML
  • Sensor fusion, health monitoring, EW signal processing, augmented reality
  • Autonomous systems operations, navigation, predictive maintenance
  • Decision support
  • Virtual desktop infrastructure

The PacStar 454’s broad range of software options includes technologies from Aruba Networks, Cisco, Digital Barriers, Kinetica, VMware, and more.

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