Crystal Group, Inc., has announced a new family of next-gen FORCETM (FG2) PCIe Gen4-enabled rugged servers designed for optimal performance in the most unpredictable and remote environments. The FG2 servers deliver ultra-low latency and parallel processing to maximize real-time speed and accuracy of demanding computational workloads, including unmanned systems such as drones, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) and UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles), as well as sensor fusion, communication, and intelligence.
With 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per CPU, the newly released 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors—code-named “Ice Lake”—provide built-in artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration with Intel® Deep Learning Boost, allowing the FG2 motherboards to support either single- or dual-socket P+ CPUs. This new architecture increases both the system’s core-per-watt capability and memory bandwidth with up to eight 3200MHz DDR4 channels.
“By combining PCIe Gen4-equipped motherboards with multiple NVIDIA GPUs in a single server, these GPU-ready servers elevate the real-time capabilities and accuracy of edge AI/ML,” said Jim Shaw, executive vice president of Engineering for Crystal Group. “What’s more, their unique chassis designs address the significant heat and thermal challenges generated from housing this much compute power in a single unit.”
Along with the increased core count, speed and performance packed into the compact FG2 footprint, these servers boast enhanced storage, increased memory capacity, and 3rd Gen Intel Xeon processor cybersecurity features such as, advanced encryption standard (AES), total memory encryption, and software guard extensions (SGX).
“Crystal Group invented the first rugged server designed specifically to meet the harsh demands of forward-deployed, austere environments in 2006,” said Shaw, “As the needs and opportunities to move heavy compute applications from data centers to the front lines, we continuously apply our expertise to redefine the latest high-performance rugged compute solutions with an unmatched level of ruggedization, power, speed, accuracy and customization to meet the evolving needs of our government and industrial customers.”