Russia unveils supercomputer that can control robot army
Mon 26 Sep 2016
A new supercomputer developed by Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation can control land, sea and air robots regardless of their manufacturer or control system.
The new supercomputer has a specially designed user interface protocol that allows it to unify robotics systems management, by ‘speaking the language’ of various different systems.
According to a spokesperson from United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), the supercomputer-to-machine dialogue “can be carried out with many different machines at the same time, regardless of which companies they are made, and what software is used to manage them.”
The new supercomputer can run at speeds of up to eight teraflops (floating operations per second), which the company compares to the combined power of forty different modern laptops. It also includes a liquid silicon cooling system, which allows for dense, powerful electronic systems without the need for heat sinks or cooling fans.
The supercomputer is mobile, as it has been mounted on the mobile robotics control ‘Vologda’, based on a Kamaz truck chassis.
Currently, different types of robots are manufactured independently, and each has a different control system. Managing different robots on different systems concurrently would require a huge investment in staff, training, and equipment. The UIC supercomputer was created to simplify the process to control different systems from a single unit.
UIMC is a state-run corporation, founded in 2014 as a part of Rostec to unite research and production in Russia’s technological industries, particularly communications and control systems. One of their primary products is the radio frequency jamming system Borisoglebsk-2, a tool for radio reconnaissance and jamming in field and tactical maneuvers. UIMC is also working with Russian technology companies T-Platform and Rosnano to produce high capacity processors for telecommunications and computing equipment.
This summer, they unveiled an entirely 3D-printed scouting drone that can be created from scratch and assembled in a single day. The UIMC comprises 60 different companies and employs approximately 43,000 people.
The supercomputer was demonstrated to the public last week at the annual Hydroavia Expo in Gelendzhik, southern Russia.