The Mercury Computer Systems PowerStream integrated multicomputer family expanded with the addition of PowerStream 6100, a 6U VME system based on the Serial RapidIO interconnect fabric and compliant with the VXS (VITA 41.2) form factor standard. At 761 GFLOPS and 42 GB/s sustained fabric throughput, the PowerStream 6100, according to Mercury, sets a new record for performance available in the VME form factor.
An important measure of fabric connectivity is bisection bandwidth which improves to 24 GB/s with the PowerStream 6100--more than 10x better than today's highest performing VME system. The improvements directly translate into a small system footprint, lower cost, reduced power consumption, and/or higher performance for military sensor manufacturers.
The addition of Serial RapidIO to the VME platform nearly quadruples the amount of bandwidth sampled by signals intelligence systems when compared to today's RACE++ fabric-enabled VME systems, the highest performing open-standard systems on the market. VXS (VITA 41) increases the number of radar/SIGINT antenna channels in a given system by nearly four times.
RapidIO transmits data in both directions simultaneously, so application performance increases nearly eight times when compared with fabric-enabled VME solutions.
The PowerStream 6100 incorporates the recently announced Mercury Momentum Series VPA-200 dual-PowerPC 7448 VXS host/PMC carrier module, and Echotek Series 3000T and 5000T RF radio frequency tuner modules. With additional VXS-compliant modules and robust system software, the PowerStream 6100 expands Mercury's multicomputer offering and fulfills the strategic vision articulated in the course of Mercury's acquisitions of Advanced Radio Corp., Momentum Computer and Echotek Corp.
"The VXS market has emerged somewhat slowly in the form of miscellaneous standalone modules and components--an FPGA card here, a host card there," remarked Jonathan Schonfeld, Vice President of Market Development for Mercury's Defense business. "The PowerStream 6100 greatly simplifies the task of integrating and deploying compute infrastructure for our military contractor customers by offering data acquisition, mixed-signal, DSP, FPGA, and I/O modules seamlessly integrated in a COTS multicomputer. This functionality was not available in the VXS form factor prior to today."
The VXS form factor is backward-compatible with the VME64 standard, providing defense integrators with a seamless migration path to future systems that support a high-speed serial switched fabric. PowerStream 6100 delivers "compile-and-go" compatibility with the Mercury RACE++ Series 6U VME64 multicomputer, which is based on the Mercury MCOE open software environment.
MCOE is an integrated and sophisticated development environment comprising tools, libraries, and middleware that runs on all of the Mercury PowerStream Series systems, which are currently built around the 3U CompactPCI, 6U VXS and high-end multiport form factors. MCOE is used by thousands of developers worldwide in diverse multicomputer applications. MCOE on the PowerStream 6100 supports the Linux and VxWorks operating systems in addition to MCexec, Mercury's ubiquitous and robust POSIX-compliant real- time kernel.
PowerStream 6100 is available today with standard lead times, with the first system expected to ship this month. PowerStream 6100 systems, in a base configuration that includes the chassis, two high-density compute modules, two RapidIO switch cards and a VME host, will sell for $92,000 in volume.