Abaco unveils GVC1000 to leverage Nvidia Jetson TX2 for mission-ready graphics
At the GTC (GPU Technology Conference), Abaco Systems announced the GVC1000, based on the Nvidia Jetson TX2 supercomputer on a module. The rugged, small form factor mission-ready graphics and vision system has industry leading 1+ TeraFLOPS (floating point operations per second) performance, claims Abaco Systems.
ImageFlex, Abaco Systems’ image processing and visualisation toolkit, speeds development and reduces the cost of advanced graphics applications, says the company.
The GVC1000 mission-ready graphics and vision system is based on the recently-released Nvidia Jetson TX2 supercomputer on a module. The GVC1000 is a complete, ready-to-run system, and allows customers to eliminate the challenges of integration and to focus immediately on application development, says Abaco, thus reducing risk, cost and time to deployment.
The GVC1000 features a range of connectivity options to meet a variety of applications. For example, there are two 10Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for receiving
multiple camera inputs, two MilCAN/CAN (controlled area network) ports to receive vehicle data, and extended USB capability. There is also internal storage of up to 32Gbytes of multi-level cell (MLC) and 128Gbytes of single-level cell (SLC) solid state device (SSD) to enable the GVC1000 to retain significant amounts of fast access mission- and moving map data.
ImageFlex features a simple to use C application programme interface (API) that is claimed to provide an easy-to-use framework that can reduce both development cost and time required to develop high performance image processing and graphics applications with no impact on application performance, says Abaco. ImageFlex enables seamless interoperability with CUDA and other libraries, such as
VisionWorks, a software development package for computer vision (CV) and image processing.
The design and small form factor of the GVC1000 make it appropriate for a range of military and commercial applications, particularly vision computing, embedded training, 360 degree situational awareness and advanced digital mapping, says Abaco, as well as data-intensive intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance applications, such as wide area persistent surveillance, hyperspectral sensor fusion, improvised explosive device (IED) detection and synthetic aperture radar processing.
Dimensions are approximately 6.0 x 5.0 x 3.0-inch (152 x 127 x 76mm), and the GVC1000 weighs around 5.5lb (2.5kg), making it suitable to be deployed in applications such as the confined spaces in vehicles.
To enable rapid application development and deployment, the GVC1000 is code-compatible with desktop environments such as CUDA and MATLAB, allowing easy porting of applications and algorithms onto the deployable platform.