High-density embedded computing server for radar and electro-optical uses offered by Mercury
CHELMSFORD, Mass., 11 Sept. 2014. Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is introducing the Ensemble HDS6603 high-density embedded computing server for symmetric multi-processing (SMP) in complex radar, electro-optical, and image intelligence applications.
The open-systems embedded blade server provides more than 1 trillion floating point operations per second (teraflops) of general processing power in one OpenVPX slot. This fourth generation solution delivers cloud computing-caliber resources to the tactical edge, enabling a level of embedded on-platform exploitation and mission autonomy by emulating similar but non-rugged data center capability, Mercury officials say.
Complex symmetric multiprocessing takes place "on the platform itself, in real-time, bringing actionable intelligence closer to the antenna and information dissemination direct to the warfighter as needed," says Ian Dunn, vice president and general manager of the Mercury Embedded Products group.
The HDS6603 is a single-slot, 6U OpenVPX (VITA 46/65) module powered by two 1.8 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors (formerly code named "Haswell-EP"), each with 12 cores to deliver 1.38 teraflops of general-purpose processing power.
Each processor includes fused-multiply-add (FMA) functionality enabling common radar functions like fast Fourier transformations (FFTs) to be performed quickly. On-board Gen 3 PCI Express pipes feed the module's switch fabric interconnects, which are managed by dual Mellanox ConnectX-3 devices to deliver 40 gigabits per second Ethernet or InfiniBand inter-module data rates.
The board is an affordable OpenVPX processing engine for low-risk technology adoption and fast deployment, Mercury officials say. Module options include air-cooled and rugged air flow-by deployable configurations with either InfiniBand or Ethernet data plane fabrics.
For more information contact Mercury Systems online at www.mrcy.com.