"4x4" Quad AI GPGPU Server for Defense Applications


Optimized for battlefield AI applications, Velocity 2U server brings quad NVIDIA GPGPUs and quad Intel Scalable Xeon CPUs

General Micro Systems today launched its Velocity “4x4” quad GPGPU artificial intelligence (AI) server designed for battlefield applications like command posts, tactical operation centers (TOCs) and protected platforms such as autonomous vehicles, wide body airborne sensor fusion, surveillance, data mining, synthetic vision and any platform than needs massive computational resources from a small, air-cooled rackmount server. Available immediately, Velocity 4x4 delivers mission success with a data center’s worth of supercomputer AI algorithm processing in a single rackmount server equipped with industry-standard connectors. 

The Velocity 2U “4x4” quad NVIDIA A100 GPGPU AI server fits the bill, balancing the server’s four high-performance domains for maximum data processing: CPUs, GPGPUs, 100Gb Ethernet sensor LAN ports, and 22 SSD disk array. Velocity 2U has the capability for quad NVIDIA GPGPU Ampere Core co-processors mated to quad Intel Scalable Xeon 28 core data center processors, each with 1TB of DDR4 ECC memory and 4TB total. The 112 CPU cores and four GPGPUs are connected via the server’s x16 PCIe Gen 3 fabric with 128Gbps of on-board bandwidth—more than enough to keep up with AI sensor processing and storage. 

Velocity is designed from the ground up to balance the information flow through the server, with data moving:  

  • to/from the 16 Mellanox 100Gb Ethernet ports connected to real-time sensors or other sub-systems 
  • through the four Intel CPUs and four A100 Ampere Core GPGPU co-processors 
  • to the Broadcom hardware RAID NVMe 22 SSD array  

GPGPUs, 100Gb Ethernet ports, CPUs and SSDs are intelligently grouped and balanced to maximize throughput, reduce latency, and equally load the processors and ports. The optionally encrypted FIPS-140-2 SSDs are the fastest available x4 NVMe drives, streaming at 32 Gbps per drive. Data flows smoothly through the server, never stalling, which further increases overall performance.

The Velocity server is available off-the-shelf. The need for extreme “right now!” edge computing and on-platform AI algorithm data processing is acute, as Army programs like Project Quarterback, ATLAS, NGCV and other Futures Command projects demand real-time decisions and multi-platform sensor sharing. Sending data for processing back to a command post, to the cloud, or to CONUS is just too slow and the data links too congested. 

Key performance specifications for the Velocity 2U server include:

  • 4x Intel Scalable Xeon data center 28-core CPUs (112 total cores)
  • 4x x16 PCIe Gen 3 slots for 4x 250W NVIDIA dual-slot (or equivalent) GPGPU AI co-processors
  • 4TB of balanced DDR4 ECC SDRAM
  • 16x 100 Gb Ethernet LAN sensor ports
  • 22 SSD array with up to 264TB storage, RAID-capable x4 PCIe Gen 3 NVMe drives
  • 144 PCIe Gen 3 lanes via 8 slots for user I/O modules
  • Operates 0 °C to +40 °C (optional -20 °C to +75 °C)
  • 2U design only 30” deep
  • Redundant, hot-swappable CRPS power supplies 

GMS’s proven RuggedDNA cooling, packaging and ruggedization techniques are carried forward into Velocity “4x4” servers from 40 years of military deployed VME, VPX and small form-factor systems. The servers exceed typical data center specs for extended temperature, high shock, and vibration, and are ideal for both fixed location and mobile (vehicle) applications. The servers can operate over a wider -20°C to +75 °C temperature range while offering the long‑life expectancy required for Department of Defense (DoD), government, or other high-availability and high-reliability applications.

GMS’s Family of Rugged Servers Bringing Decisive Real-time AI Sensor Data Processing and Recording

The Velocity server is one of a family of 1U and 2U rugged servers. All Velocity and sister shortrack Vortex server variants have a 1GbE LAN port, console video, optional hardware or software RAID, a BMC with dedicated Ethernet port, TPM, and optional 10/40 GbE (copper or fiber). A DVD/Blu-ray drive is also optional, as are serial ports and audio I/O. Single or dual-redundant power supplies are standard, in 110 VAC or 220 VAC, plus select DC voltages.  Optional features like zeroize via GMS SecureDNA or hardware secure erase via FIPS-140 or Opal 197 drives, allows for crypto data-at-rest on the removable SSD media.

For more information, visit General Micro Systems' site.