GMS X422 “Lightning,” the industry’s first rugged, conduction-cooled, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) deep learning/artificial intelligence (AI) mobile system, has made its debut at the ongoing 2018 AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
The X422 “Lighting,” manufactured by General Micro Systems (GMS), integrates two of Nvidia’s powerful V100 Tesla data center accelerators into a fully sealed, conduction-cooled chassis, enabling it to withstand the harsh rigors of the battlefield. Designed as a dual co-processor companion to GMS Intel Xeon rugged air-cooled or conduction-cooled servers, X422 is the first product to bring the computational power of Nvidia’s best Tensor Core general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) to the battlefield’s tactical edge or right into a ground or air vehicle to speed data analysis and interpretation from hours to minutes.
Traditionally, sensors on military vehicles collect massive amounts of battlefield data and store it locally before transporting it for analysis and interpretation by remote deep learning systems. Transporting the raw data saturates networks and satellite communication uplinks, slowing them and preventing access from other users. To work around the network, removable hard drives are often transported from the front lines, leaving the data subject to theft or loss during transport and introducing additional lag time.
“The X422 GPGPU system allows extraordinary quantities of data to be collected and processed right on the battlefield in real time, significantly shortening the decision loop for providing solutions and recommendations to warfighters,” said Ben Sharfi, chief architect and CEO, General Micro Systems. “Ultimately, the X422 enables live targets to be identified, flagged and even fired upon in record time. It represents a complete paradigm shift in electronic warfare, SIGINT and C4ISR.”
The X422 includes no fans or moving parts, promising wide temperature operation and massive data movement via an external PCI Express fabric in ground vehicles, tactical command posts, UAV/UAS, or other remote locations—right at the warfighter’s “tip of the spear.” GMS relies on the company’s patented RuggedCool thermal technology to adapt the GPGPUs for harsh battlefield conditions, extending their temperature operation while increasing environmental MTBF.