Complex solutions and the need to monitor them. Edge Computing provides the opportunity to move highly complex, multifunctional solutions to the edge in support of the DoD advance compute initiatives. The connected battlefield requires solutions that are not only able to perform but are also capable of meeting the varied environments of the modern-day field of deployment. This daunting task challenges the best system designers to build a solution that is measured in the extreme.
Generally speaking, the types of system design break out as follows:
In the real world, the goal of putting more power into less space has been thwarted by heat dissipation since the first steam engines. In 1999 the Porsche car company was faced with getting more horsepower out of their air-cooled, 3-liter engine. Acknowledging that heat was their issue, Porsche moved from an air-cooled solution to a water-cooled solution, in concert with a dry oil sump injection system. This allowed Porsche to have extremely high performance for the engine size, with a nimble car that continues to have a power-to-weight ratio that still beats all comers in the market.
PCIe Gen 5 is a key technology for driving transportable or edge AI systems to higher performance, especially those with demanding space, environmental or cooling needs. But AI program managers should evaluate their technology suppliers’ Gen 5 implementations to ensure they fully realize the technology’s benefits.