GTC15: Get the Buzz

Moon Lander

For me, the first day of NVIDIA’s GTC was great in many ways—not least of which was the amount of interest shown in what we’re doing with rugged implementations of NVIDIA’s technology by a whole range of industries. Almost without exception, they could see what we’re trying to do: make incredible amounts of processing power deployable into the smallest, harshest spaces. Those could be in mining or energy exploration or transportation or heavy manufacturing or anywhere that needs high performance computing in an environment that’s subject to shock, vibration, extremes of temperature and so on. 

Dustin Franklin of GEStill others didn’t really need what we’re doing in terms of ruggedization—I’m thinking portable medical devices, for example—but they could still see value in the mCOM10-K1 with its 326 GFLOPS performance, its <10 watt power consumption and its incredibly small form factor. That’s what Dustin Franklin (pictured at left) focused on in his Day 1 presentation: bringing extraordinary functionality to a wide range of mobile/portable applications.

In fact, the whole GE theme of the Industrial Internet resonated well with GTC attendees, who appreciated the ability to do high-performance sensor processing to create meaning from the sensor data, and then propagate valuable data into the network.

Suffice it to say: while meeting up with old friends from previous GTCs, we also made a lot of really interesting new contacts.

Moon landing

Kevin Peterson of AstroboticFollowing Dustin’s presentation, Kevin Peterson of Astrobotic (pictured at right) gave a presentation on how they use GPUs to simulate the lunar mission in order to ensure they design out problems ahead of time—such as creating photo-realistic lunar video streams to test and hone the reliability of their tracking and navigation software. He explained how the GE GPU-based hardware will be used in real time on the descent/landing to target a specific location, and then to do the rover navigation and high-quality video streaming from the lunar rover. One audience member described this session as “super awesome!”

You can find out more about what GE and Astrobotic have been working on here.

Moon lander

In addition to our demonstration of Astrobotic’s lander and rover, Dustin reprised his absolutely compelling demonstration of the servo-controlled video tracker that kept the camera locked onto a small colored ball, and the small “turbo” robot that performed real time object avoidance based on lidar processing.

Perhaps the best thing about GTC is the buzz you get from being in an environment that you just know will shape the future of computing. In Rubin Dhillon’s blog post he'll talk about the keynote presentation on deep learning, for example. The conference provides a great directional indicator on how our products will create phenomenal value for our customers to perform ever-greater intelligence at the edge nodes of the Industrial Internet.

As well as that buzz, the GTC provides a great opportunity for GE to meet with NVIDIA experts throughout their organization, and to cement the relationship ensuring that we jointly address the needs of our customer base.

I can’t wait for more…

Simon Collins

As a senior product manager at GE's Intelligent Platforms business, Simon Collins exercises his professional passion in identifying, understanding and solving customers’ problems, providing the spark and enthusiasm to bring the stakeholders together.  After earning his BSc in microelectronics and computing at University College of Wales and his MSc in advanced manufacturing systems and technology at the University of Liverpool, he joined Radstone Technology—subsequently acquired by GE—in 1997. He now has responsibility for a range of rugged video, graphics and GPGPU products.

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