Crystal Group Brings AI to Power Grid With First GPU Accelerated Substation Servers

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HIAWATHA, Iowa — Crystal Group, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged computing and electronic hardware, today announced the release of the industry’s first GPU-accelerated substation servers designed to bring advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to the utility market. to bring . With the flexibility to integrate the precision and power of NVIDIA RTX GPUs based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture in the Crystal Group Energy Series™ (ES), power companies now have the opportunity to adopt AI technologies and their substations.

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Combining Crystal Group’s hyper-converged virtualization-enabled substation servers with the NVIDIA RTX™ A5000 GPU introduces a new set of AI capabilities to a utility’s substation network.

Real-time image parallel processing of at least 10 simultaneous 4K streams Enhanced security monitoring with inference capabilities Predictive substation analysis Substation health monitoring with hypervisor failover capabilities Software agnostic hardware designed for the demanding demands of the energy sector

“With more than 55,000 substations in the US to upgrade and modernize, Crystal Group is developing scalable, versatile solutions to enable a more resilient, reliable and secure smart grid,” said Lindsay Palma, business development manager at Crystal Group. “By adding the versatility and value of AI to their transformation efforts, they can now meet today’s immediate needs with the flexibility to meet future demands.”

“As utilities add more distributed resources to the network and substation complexity increases, engineers need high-performance, edge computing solutions with GPU-level processing speed and accuracy to unlock real-time optimizations at the substation,” said Marc Spieler, head of Global Energy Business Development at NVIDIA. “Integrating NVIDIA GPUs with Crystal Group ES servers provides tools with the optimal AI platform to protect, manage, and secure remote substation installations.”

The GPU-accelerated substation servers are software-independent, hyper-converged systems that combine real-time automation, remote management, cybersecurity, automatic failover, and zero-trust security features. The NVIDIA RTX A5000 GPUs combine the latest RT Cores, Tensor Cores and CUDA core technology with 24 GB of graphics memory and a PCIe Gen4 system interface for fast data transfer. These state-of-the-art visual computing capabilities accelerate deep learning, data science, and computer-based workloads.

This comprehensive, turnkey solution supports and simplifies current and evolving utility development needs, including virtual protection relay applications. Crystal Group will provide a first impression of its GPU-accelerated substation server in booth #735 at DISTRIBUTECH International 2022 in Dallas, Texas from May 23-25.

Crystal Group ES servers and embedded computers are IEC 61850-3 certified and have industrial design standards for intelligent virtualization platforms. With a robust chassis built and tested to withstand the intense conditions inherent in remote locations – from extreme temperatures, varying weather conditions, moisture and dust to electromagnetic interference and power surges – the ES line offers a long operational life in the field, seamless operation and reliable accuracy.

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About Crystal Group, Inc.

Crystal Group, Inc. is a technology leader in rugged computing hardware, specializing in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial rugged servers, embedded computing, networking equipment, displays and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. Founded in 1987, Crystal Group, a small employee-owned company, provides defense, government, and industrial markets with integrated solutions that deliver seamless, real-time artificial intelligence, autonomy, and cybersecurity to demanding edge applications.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed strict IEEE, IEC and military standards and are backed by a warranty of more than five years. All products are manufactured in the company’s factory, certified to ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D quality management standards.

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