GTC Silicon Valley-2019: Nucleus: Eight-GPU Platform For Visual Simulation
GTC Silicon Valley-2019 ID:S9224:Nucleus: Eight-GPU Platform For Visual Simulation
David Morgan(Aechelon Technology)
We'll describe the Nucleus hardware platform, which combines eight NVIDIA GPUs in a single system to drive multi-channel displays. Nucleus is a new real-time 3D rendering platform that is able to handle demanding flight simulation applications, running Aechelon Technology's pC-NOVA image generation engine. Employing up to 8 Quadro GPUs in a 4U Windows 10-based server, a single system can handle the same OpenGL and CUDA workload as an 8-server cluster with minimal performance degradation. We present challenges encountered and overcome during Nucleus development, including Quadro-specific features and OpenGL extensions enabling the platform. We'll also discuss lessons learned and opportunities for future improvement.