Pegasus, Nvidia Supercomputer For Autonomous Driving
The new addition to Nvidia’s Drive PX platform is called Pegasus, which delivers over 320 trillion operations per second — more than 10x the performance of its predecessor, Drive PX 2.
(Nvidia Pegasus )
It now becomes the platform recommended by the chipmaker to enable level 5 fully autonomous capability.
Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, commented on the announcement:
“Creating a fully self-driving car is one of society’s most important endeavors — and one of the most challenging to deliver. “The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realize this vision.
NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus is powered by four high-performance AI processors. It couples two of NVIDIA’s newest Xavier system-on-a-chip processors — featuring an embedded GPU based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture — with two next-generation discrete GPUs with hardware created for accelerating deep learning and computer vision algorithms. The system will provide the enormous computational capability for fully autonomous vehicles in a computer the size of a license plate, drastically reducing energy consumption and cost.
SF great Isaac Asimov wrote a remarkable little short story named Sally in 1953. In the story, self-driving automatobiles
acquire experience and learn while driving, and acquire their own personalities. Eventually, they are put out to pasture at a car park - if they are lucky. They use a positronic motor, which combines smarts with internal combustion engines.
I heard Sally coming up behind me and I put out my hand. She slid right into it and the feel of the hard, glossy enamel of her fender was warm in my palm.
"A nice automatobile," said Gellhorn.
That's one way of putting it. Sally was a 2045 convertible with a Hennis-Carleton positronic motor and an Armat chassis. She had the cleanest, finest lines I've ever seen on any model, bar none. For five years, she'd been my favorite, and I'd put everything into her I could dream up. In all that time, there'd never been a human being behind her wheel.
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