By Braden Cooper, Product Marketing Manager
In today’s high-performance computing technological landscape, there is a stark contrast between the compute capabilities of enterprise hardware in datacenters and low-performing embedded systems in edge and transportable environments. The autonomous trucking industry in particular has seen a growing need for higher performance compute, storage, and networking solutions in its rugged edge environments. While size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized embedded systems are the long-term objective of the industry, current autonomous trucking development platforms require access to high levels of compute to avoid any bottlenecks imposed upon their critical software developments. When looking to solve the developmental compute need of the autonomous truck industry through enterprise hardware – there are some important factors to consider.
Lastly, as the autonomous vehicle market in general continues to develop, the governing bodies and regulatory agencies continue to define laws regulations, and qualification requirements for the vehicles. The impact on leading autonomous truck integrators will be massive in the coming years as regulations change and mature with vehicle experience and new findings. When it comes to adopting high-performance computing hardware into autonomous trucks, certain elements must be carefully considered such as the flexibility and modularity of the compute system designs. As industry standards are defined, modifications to the electronics and the corresponding regulatory testing of the electronics is a key expertise to have. Over the next several years, the autonomous truck compute integrators which can navigate shifting compliance standards most efficiently will have a strong advantage over their competition. This efficiency will come from flexible system designs, robust qualification test plans and execution, and a strong understanding of current and future regulatory standards.
Ultimately, integrating enterprise high-performance computing electronics into autonomous trucks is an important step in the current development cycle of the industry. By using datacenter level compute capacity, software developments can accelerate without constraints or bottlenecks in the system architecture. Integrating mechanically optimized rugged servers also mitigates the challenges introduced by edge environmental conditions of autonomous trucks. This hardware also provides a long-term roadmap in terms of scalable compute performance as new technologies are introduced over the next several years. OSS offers a product portfolio of compute, storage, and networking systems optimized for the autonomous trucking industry’s current and future needs.
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In this video, Jaan Mannik, Director of Commercial Sales at OSS, does a quick walkthrough of Centauri Storage Expansion. Centauri offers rugged high-speed storage in a compact chassis. Built as a modular storage expansion to the OSS 3U SDS, Centauri can store up to 256 TB of NVMe storage in its 8-drive canister. These canisters allow for tool-less bulk or individual drive removal and can be hot-swapped for ease of use in fast-paced environments. The system is compatible with 2.5" NVMe drives, and its PCIe Gen4 hardware facilitates high-speed storage throughput.