World First CUDA-Powered Craft Takes Flight

If you are headed for NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in March, you can’t yet fly in one of Georgia Tech professor Jon Roger’s GPU-controlled aircraft, but you can hear Jon talk about his work at the conference. In January, Jon’s team completed what they believe is the world’s first GPU-enabled flight of an unmanned aircraft. The vehicle is a powered parafoil with ~6 ft span and the GPU is inside a box at the back of the payload. The NASA-sponsored work used a SECO CUDA-on-ARM development kit which the team powered via a small battery.

As a bonus to readers of my blog, the first person to contact me via email about this story will receive a VIP 50% discount pass to the conference and can come hear all the details directly from Jon. If anyone else actually flew a GPU-enabled aircraft earlier than Jon, let me know and I’ll give you a 50% discount pass too. Happy Flying!


About Marc Hamilton

Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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One Response to World First CUDA-Powered Craft Takes Flight

  1. And the 50% discount pass goes to … Bryan Marler who was the first to send an email asking for it.

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