CoreAVI, Airbus Defence and Space partner to bring GPU compute for autonomous systems to market

AEROSPACE TECH WEEK 2019 -- MUNICH. CoreAVI and Airbus Defence and Space have joined forces to enable the use of GPU compute in airborne systems and applications that require the highest RTCA DO178C/EUROCAE ED-12C DAL A safety certifications.

CoreAVI officials report that the two companies will work together to fully define and prepare software and systems that perform safety-critical GPU compute operations to enable the most advanced autonomous systems and other avionics applications that can take advantage of GPU compute functions. The offerings will be based on CoreAVI’s platforms for safety-certifiable applications, including its VkCore SC Vulkan-based compute driver architecture.

CoreAVI chairs the Vulkan Safety Critical Working Group -- part of the the Vulkan Standards Initiative, which is working toward driving new standards to support true GPU compute capabilities using graphics processors. CoreAVI currently offers Vulkan-based safety critical drivers for GPU compute as well as the COTS-D line of safety-critical hardware IP to enable modern avionics platforms access to a complete safety-critical embedded solution.

Francisco José Lagares Carrasco, Head of Air to Air Refueling Engineering at Airbus, said of the companies' accord: “The overall goal of this partnership is to facilitate world-leading compute capabilities in the full spectrum of certified aerospace applications -- from control systems to air-traffic management, sensor analysis, autonomous flight systems, aerial refueling, and more. CoreAVI’s platforms for safety-certifiable applications and Vulkan architecture is the best platform in the market to face this ambitious challenge for building true safety-critical compute applications.”