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!