GE Receives Order from AFRL for 20 Teraflop Rugged Computer System

  GE Receives Order from AFRL for 20 Teraflop Rugged Computer System

  *Supports US DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program
  *Will be used to develop advanced sensor processing applications
  *Takes advantage of GE’s expertise in GPU accelerator technology

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- January 7, 2014

GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has received an
order from the High Performance Systems Branch (RITB) of the US Air Force
Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate (RI) for a HPEC (High
Performance Embedded Computing) system that will enable the development and
deployment of advanced neuromorphic architectures and algorithms for adaptive
learning, large-scale dynamic data analytics and reasoning.

The system takes advantage of NVIDIA® GPU accelerators, leveraging the highly
parallel nature of the technology to deliver maximum performance. The GE
system will provide real-time processing for high bandwidth data derived from
RF (radio frequency) sensors. It is designed to support the US DoD’s High
Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), and will be used for the
development of next-generation radar programs such as Gotcha wide-area SAR
(synthetic aperture radar).

The GPU-based HPEC system is housed in a 6U OpenVPX rack mount chassis and is
capable of delivering 20 teraflops (20 trillion floating point operations per
second) in computing horsepower. The system is scalable and can be expanded to
include additional racks and compute nodes.

“GE has long been a proponent of GPU accelerators as the optimum approach to
solving the toughest problems facing military organizations today,” said Rod
Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent
Platforms. “GPUs deliver an unbeatable combination of very high performance
computing with minimal power consumption and heat dissipation in constricted
spaces – characteristics that were key to AFRL awarding GE this order. GE’s
NVIDIA GPU-based products are helping to provide industry-leading solutions in
many high profile programs.”

“This embedded system, provides a path forward to apply large scale
neuromorphic computing models for Air Force’s state-of-the-art ISR platforms
and systems,” said Mark Barnell, HPS Program Manager, AFRL RITB.

“GPU accelerators enable clearer and faster insights by dramatically
accelerating signal and video processing, while minimizing system size, weight
and power consumption,” said Sumit Gupta, General Manager of Tesla GPU
Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “When combined with GE’s HPEC system, AFRL
will have access to unprecedented levels of computing horsepower to tackle
even their most demanding computational challenges.”

The GE HPEC system is modular in design, with each rack comprising five SBC625
single board computers featuring quad core Intel Core i7 processors, and
RDMA-capable Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet/InfiniBand adapters. The single
board computers are coupled with modules featuring the latest NVIDIA GPU
accelerators based on the NVIDIA Kepler™ computing architecture, delivering a
total of 13,440 cores. Inter-board communication is achieved via GE’s 20-port
IBX400 InfiniBand switch.

GE’s High Performance Embedded Computing strategy is backed by a unique Center
of Excellence. Opened in 2012, it provides the focus for the future
development of ever more powerful products and solutions for military/embedded
computing. Its primary goal is to support customers such as AFRL with
consulting services designed to help them with architecture definition,
application development, algorithm development and performance optimization –
reducing cost and risk, and speeding time to deployment.

About GE Intelligent Platforms

GE Intelligent Platforms is a General Electric (NYSE: GE) company,
headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and part of GE Energy Management. The
company’s Military/Aerospace business, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, and
Towcester, England, provides one of the industry’s broadest ranges of high
performance, rugged, SWaP-optimized embedded computing platforms. Backed by
programs that provide responsive customer support and minimize long term cost
of ownership for multi-year programs, GE’s solutions are designed to help
customers minimize program risk and cost, and to speed time-to-market. For
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