Program managers face hard tradeoffs bringing artificial intelligence to in-the-field use cases. A new AI server from One Stop Systems shows what capabilities they should look for in portable, rugged AI deployments.
Nearly all the current generation of AI compute platforms suffer from failing to integrate and optimize high-performance computing with compact, rugged form factors. The result is that program managers too often end up trading performance for rugged design, or vice versa. One Stop Systems (OSS) has created a new supercomputer-class server that eliminates these trade-offs.
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.