How Deep Learning Helps the U.S. Military Conduct More Accurate Visual Simulation Training

NVIDIA RTX fuses AI and ray tracing to accelerate creation of realistic 3D training environments.
by Doug Traill

From air combat and refueling, to tactical vehicle training, repairs and day-to-day operations, the U.S. military’s simulation training hones the skills and judgment of soldiers before they go anywhere near the field of operations.

Realistic training environments provide real experience. That’s why NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs are at the heart of nearly 30 visual simulators on display at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference, taking place this week in Orlando, Fla.

Built on our new Turing architecture, Quadro RTX GPUs combine new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing (the computation of how light and sound travel in 3D environments) with new Tensor Cores for AI training and inferencing. It’s a combination that, for the first time, makes real-time ray tracing possible.

The NVIDIA RTX platform provides software APIs and SDKs running on NVIDIA RTX GPUs to enable new solutions capable of accelerating and enhancing graphics, photos, imaging and video processing.

Once such solution is NVIDIA NGX, a new deep learning-powered technology. It features AI Up-Res to sharpen and correctly preserve the depth of field and other artistic aspects. Another feature, AI InPainting, can be used to remove unnecessary objects, like cars or signs, from terrain imagery.

“The fidelity of current visual imagery is sometimes not sufficient to achieve training goals set for our sailors and marines. NVIDIA technologies, such as Quadro RTX GPUs, leverage the power of machine learning to significantly increase data resolution and ray-tracing abilities. This enables production of near-photorealistic images in real time. These are exciting leaps forward being investigated by the Navy’s modeling and simulation community,” said Bruce Riner, senior visual engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

The NVIDIA RTX Server combines eight high-end Quadro RTX GPUs with Quadro Infinity software to enable remote delivery of visual simulations over a network, reducing the footprint and space required for simulation in the field, while also reducing the complexity of setup and maintenance.

Learn More About NVIDIA Tech at I/ITSEC

Along with members of the U.S. military, we’re hosting several informational sessions at I/ITSEC, including:

Visit the following NVIDIA partner booths at the show to see how Quadro RTX GPUs are powering simulation training for the U.S. military:

  • Boeing, #1000
  • Bohemia, #475
  • Concurrent Real-Time, #1016
  • Diamond Visionics, #2049
  • Esterline,#827
  • F2Si, #733
  • FlightSafety International, #1401
  • Foxguard, #2123
  • Scalable Display Technologies, #1165
  • US Navy / Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, #1439
  • WWT, #522

Learn more about NVIDIA RTX.