CSPI computers boost Navy anti-submarine warfare training

Engineers at Northrop Grumman Norden Systems Inc. in Melville, N.Y., needed a multiprocessing computer system for the U.S. Navy`s Generic Acoustic Stimulation System (GASS) program.

Aug 1st, 1999

Engineers at Northrop Grumman Norden Systems Inc. in Melville, N.Y., needed a multiprocessing computer system for the U.S. Navy`s Generic Acoustic Stimulation System (GASS) program.

So they chose the 2000-series multicomputer system CSPI in Billerica, Mass., to serve as the GASS computational system.

The GASS program is an upgrade to the stimulation portion of the Navy`s air anti-submarine warfare (ASW) trainers. This upgrade improves the capability of Navy ASW training units to model targets, oceans, and sensors in real time.

Norden engineers will deploy four 2000-series systems as an upgrade to the acoustics portion of the training systems at existing air ASW training sites.

"Acoustic upgrades to existing and new sonar simulator/stimulator training systems are being driven by improved threat-signature databases, advanced sensor technology, and an emphasis on littoral water operations," says Roger Ameden, program manager at Northrop Grumman Norden Systems. "Modern ASW trainers require a scaleable high-performance computer solution capable of supporting a variety of ASW platforms. CSPI`s 2000-series multicomputer system provides the best match and lowest risk approach to achieve these goals."

The 2000-series system for the GASS program uses several 2741 multicomputer modules, each using four 400 MHz PowerPC 750 microprocessors with 256 megabytes of memory. This architecture processes information faster than 175 billion floating point operations per second. The 2000-series facilitates technology insertion for continuous improvement in computation capability and communication performance while maintaining a software interface that assures portability of application programs. — J.M.

For information on the 2000-series or CSPI, contact Sarah Lynne Cooper by phone at 800-325-3110, by e-mail at slcooper@cspi.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.cspi.com.

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