BUSINESS: General Micro Systems (GMS), Introduces “4×4” Quad Artificial Intelligence GPGPU Server For Defense And Government Applications

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–General Micro Systems today launched its Velocity “4×4” quad GPGPU artificial intelligence (AI) server designed for battlefield applications like command posts, tactical operation centers (TOCs) and protected platforms such as autonomous vehicles, wide body airborne sensor fusion, surveillance, data mining, synthetic vision and any platform than needs massive computational resources from a small, air-cooled rackmount server. Velocity 4×4 is immediately available. It has a data center’s worth supercomputer AI algorithm processing in one rackmount server equipped by industry-standard connectors.

The Velocity 2U “4×4” quad NVIDIA A100 GPGPU AI server fits the bill, balancing the server’s four high-performance domains for maximum data processing: CPUs, GPGPUs, 100Gb Ethernet sensor LAN ports, and 22 SSD disk array. Velocity 2U has the capability for quad NVIDIAGPGPU Ampere Core co-processors mated to quad Intel Scalable Xeon 28 core data center processors, each with 1TB of DDR4 ECC memory and 4TB total. The 112 CPU cores and four GPGPUs are connected via the server’s x16 PCIe Gen 3 fabric with 128Gbps of on-board bandwidth–more than enough to keep up with AI sensor processing and storage.

Velocity is designed from the ground up to balance the information flow through the server, with data moving:

to/from the 16 Mellanox 100Gb Ethernet ports connected to real-time sensors or other sub-systems
through the four Intel CPUs and four A100 Ampere Core GPGPU co-processors
to the Broadcom hardware RAID NVMe 22 SSD array

GPGPUs, 100Gb Ethernet ports, CPUs and SSDs are intelligently grouped and balanced to maximize throughput, reduce latency, and equally load the processors and ports. The optionally encrypted FIPS-140-2 SSDs are the fastest available x4 NVMe drives, streaming at 32 Gbps per drive. The server’s performance is further enhanced by the smooth flow of data. There are no stalls in data transfer, which increases overall performance.

The Velocity Server is available off-the shelf. The need for extreme “right now!” edge computing and on-platform AI algorithm data processing is acute, as Army programs like Project Quarterback, ATLAS, NGCV and other Futures Command projects demand real-time decisions and multi-platform sensor sharing. It is too slow to send data back to a command station, to the cloud or to CONUS, and the data links are too congested.

“When GMS was commissioned to provide the sensor network, the server processor, and intelligent displays for the Multi-Function Video Display’s (MVD), mine-clearing program for MRAPs, we witnessed first-hand the insatiable need for more on-platform processing,” stated Ben Sharfi. “The ‘4×4” Quad AI GPGPU Server was born out of what GMS learned while working with the Army on MVD, and follow-on programs. It was also inspired by the GMS TITAN CSSP airborne servers and CSVP conduction cooled 2U servers used on the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon aircraft. In fact, the ‘4×4’ Quad AI GPGPU server shares a similar commercial architecture with the Navy’s GMS servers, used to run the Minotaur software mission system for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance. Both the Navy and Army systems require large AI workloads in small racks. Both programs depend on GMS servers.

“With only a tiny 2U slot available, we’re providing four of NVIDIA’s latest-available Ampere GPGPUs, four of Intel’s best data center CPUs, 16 100Gigabit Mellanox Ethernet ports and 264TB of NVMe storage controlled by Broadcom RAID,” Sharfi added. This is more than anyone has seen on the battlefield so far–in only 2U. As an example, in real time, the ‘4×4’ Quad AI Velocity server can accept high resolution image data from 1600 1Gbit high-resolution sensors, and then process, analyze, and perform Fast Fourier Transforms for frequency domain calculation before converting the data back into the time domain, and storing 264TB of it. The capabilities of the Velocity 2U are vastly beyond what the military has seen previously on the battlefield.”

Key performance specifications for the Velocity 2U server include:

4x Intel Scalable Xeon data center 28-core CPUs (112 total cores)
4x x16 PCIe Gen 3 slots for 4x 250W NVIDIA dual-slot (or equivalent) GPGPU AI co-processors
4TB of balanced DDR4 ECC SDRAM
16x 100 Gb Ethernet LAN sensor ports
22 SSD array with up to 264TB storage, RAID-capable x4 PCIe Gen 3 NVMe drives
144 PCIe Gen 3 lanes via 8 slots for user I/O modules
Operates 0 degC to +40 degC (optional -20 degC to +75 degC)
2U design only 30″ deep
Redundant, hot-swappable CRPS power supplies

GMS’s proven RuggedDNA(tm) cooling, packaging and ruggedization techniques are carried forward into Velocity “4×4” servers from 40 years of military deployed VME, VPX and small form-factor systems. These servers are designed for mobile and fixed location applications and can withstand high temperatures, shock and vibration. The servers can operate over a wider -20degC to +75 degC temperature range while offering the long-life expectancy required for Department of Defense (DoD), government, or other high-availability and high-reliability applications.

GMS’s Family of Rugged Servers Bringing Decisive Real-time AI Sensor Data Processing and Recording

The Velocity server is one of a family of 1U and 2U rugged servers. All Velocity and sister shortrack Vortex server variants have a 1GbE LAN port, console video, optional hardware or software RAID, a BMC with dedicated Ethernet port, TPM, and optional 10/40 GbE (copper or fiber). Optional features include a DVD/Bluray drive, serial ports, and audio I/O. Single or dual-redundant power supplies are standard, in 110 VAC or 220 VAC, plus select DC voltages. Optional features like zeroize via GMS SecureDNA(tm) or hardware secure erase via FIPS-140 or Opal 197 drives, allows for crypto data-at-rest on the removable SSD media.

Designed in America

GMS has proudly designed the Velocity and Vortex servers in America with the same design ethos as the company’s successful MIL-SPEC conduction-cooled TITAN 1U and 2U servers, and GMS’ deployed conduction-cooled small form factor (SFF) chassis and systems. TwoCool(tm), BMC-controlled fans reduce heat and minimize costs in the Velocity servers.

High-resolution Velocity images and datasheets are available at:

Where: Booth #7751, AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo, Washington, DC, October 11-13, 2021

For interviews at the show, contact Kelly Wanlass at 801-602-4723 or or GMS CTO Chris Ciufo at (360) 921-7556 or

About General Micro Systems:

General Micro Systems (GMS) is the rugged server company. The company is a leader in high-density, modular and compute-intensive embedded computing systems, servers and switches. These systems are ideal for demanding C5ISR defense and aerospace, medical, industrial, energy exploration applications. GMS is an IEC, ISO, AS9100, NIST-800-171, and MIL-SPEC supplier with infrastructure and operations for long-life, spec-controlled, and configuration-managed programs.

The company’s highly customizable products include GMS Rugged DNA ™, which is a patented cooling technology. GMS is also the leader in deployable high-end Intel(r) processors and a proud Intel(r) partner since 1986. For more information, visit

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