New Teraflop+ Supercomputer-Class ARMv8-based Architecture Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions recently introduced one of the industry’s most powerful and flexible ultra-small form factor (USFF) mission computers: The new PARVUS DuraCOR 312. The unit’s teraflop performance delivers some of the highest FLOPS per watt available in a rugged COTS highly scalable system architecture. It enables system designers to rapidly deploy supercomputer-class processing in a proven, high-TRL subsystem that eliminates design risk and NRE costs. Weighing approx. 1.5lbs (< 0.68kg) and requiring only 20W of power, the extremely compact DuraCOR 312 measures approx. 1.4×5.2×5.4in (3.6×13.2×13.6cm).
Based on the NVIDIA JETSON TEGRA X1 (TX1), “supercomputer-on-a module,” the DuraCOR 312 combines the TX1’s quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 (ARMv8) processor and 256 Maxwell/CUDA-core GPU with a comprehensive set of base I/O (including Ethernet, serial, USB, DIO and video ports), as well as multiple I/O and storage expansion options that support additional vetronics/avionics interfaces.
The DuraCOR 312 is ideal for use on SWaP-sensitive deployed platforms such as civil and military ground vehicles, fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and maritime vessels, both autonomous and manned,that require in-vehicle tactical mission processing (server/computer) or C4ISR technology. It delivers high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) and general-purpose graphics processing for compute-intensive applications such as ISR/EW/targeting systems and deep learning.
“It’s simple: Many of our customers want to pack as much compute power and high-speed I/O as possible into the smallest and lightest COTS subsystem possible,” Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division, informed Mönch. “Our new Parvus DuraCOR 312 mission computer raises the bar for ultra-small factor mission computer design, delivering Teraflop supercomputing-class processing in a lightweight MIL-rugged chassis that’s outfitted with unmatched scalable vetronics/avionics I/O and data storage capabilities.”
The DuraCOR 312 eliminates design risk with extensive environmental, power, and EMI compliance testing. It is the industry’s only NVIDIA TX1-based COTS mission computer pre-qualified for both MIL-STD and DO-160 harsh environments. The miniature rugged chassis, which features MIL-grade connectors, is designed to meet extremely demanding MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-1275D, MIL-STD-704F and RTCA/DO-160G environmental, power and EMI conditions, including high altitude, wide temperature, humidity, extreme shock and vibration and noisy electrical environments. The unit also provides an aerospace-grade power supply in a fanless IP67-rated mechanical package that operates over extended temperatures and handles harsh shock and vibration.