Rugged Modular Mission Computer with GPU-accelerated Module for Edge Computing

Inclusion of the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial System on Module, on the Parvus DuraCOR AGX-Xavier supercomputer from Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, will enable up to 30 TOPS of performance for AI/ML and deep learning applications By DA Staff / 10 Aug 2021
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Parvus DuraCOR AGX-Xavier rugged modular mission supercomputer from Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions will now integrate the newly introduced NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial System on Module (SoM).

Use of this new industrial GPU-accelerated module will enable extended temperature operation, enhanced security, long lifecycle support, and up to 30 TOPS (INT8) of performance for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) applications designed for deployment in embedded military and aerospace platforms. 

This high-performance edge computer will be pre-qualified through extensive testing to demanding military and aerospace MIL-STD and DO-160 environmental, EMI, and power conditions required for use onboard aircraft and ground vehicles. 

The high FLOPS-per-watt DuraCOR AGX-Xavier combines the powerful Xavier SoC that contains an NVIDIA Volta GPU (with 512 NVIDIA CUDA cores and 64 Tensor cores), and an 8-core Arm CPU with the benefits of Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) scalability via add-on I/O cards and storage. 

It provides a solution for system integrators seeking a high-performance embedded computing system for compute-intensive AI/ML/DL applications on size, weight, and power-constrained platforms.

“With the introduction of NVIDIA’s rugged new Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial SoM, the Parvus DuraCOR AGX-Xavier can now support compute intensive AI/ML/DL applications with a 10-year lifecycle, wider temperature operation, higher shock/vibe tolerance, as well as advanced hardware-accelerated cryptography and secure booting capabilities,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. 

“These enhancements translate to a powerful edge compute solution for military and aerospace integrators looking to deploy high performance NVIDIA GPU-based technologies on-board SWaP-constrained vehicle and aircraft platforms that must deliver optimal performance in the harshest conditions.”

Fully complemented to adapt to a wide range of command, control, computers, communications, cyber-defense, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) sensors, the DuraCOR AGX-Xavier delivers high-speed network connectivity with 1G BaseT plus 10G optical interfaces. 

It supports high-speed I/O connectivity over PCIe bus and USB 3.1 interfaces, along with high-resolution video outputs with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort interfaces. 

The system can be readily modified using an extensive range of mini-PCIe and PCIe104 expansion card options. Memory and data storage on the unit includes native eMMC Flash memory, high-speed NVMe-based M.2 SSD, and removable U.2 NVMe Flash SSD storage.

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