Chelmsford, Mass.Need to hear them, find them, blast them? MIL board and systems supplier Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. offers its PowerStream 6600 multi-computer with 716 PowerPC GFLOPS of compute performance in a conduction-cooled enclosure, to help you do the job.
The company says the density and mechanical design of its PowerStream 6600 will enable manned and unmanned vehicles to support the military's C4ISR (Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) multi-mode missions.
C4ISR includes radar, image, and SIGINT (signals intelligence) processing. The PowerStream 6600 packs the hardware and software building blocks necessary for mission systems to perform compute-intensive tasks such as processing a 3D radar data cube in realtime.
The PowerStream 6600 also has processing capacity to enable radar applications such as multi-mode search, multi-target tracking, SAR (synthetic aperture radar) imaging, and STAP (space-time adaptive processing).
Additionally, multi-mode sensor signal processing can be supported for cross-cueing of SIGINT detections with SAR or other imagery sensors aboard a mobile platform.
The system is comprised of CPU and FPGA (field programmable gate array) processing modules, and I/O mezzanine carriers, interconnected via the serial RapidIO backplane switch fabric. It's housed in a VPX-REDI chassis.
The 16-slot PowerStream 6600 includes data acquisition, high-speed I/O, PowerPC compute clusters, and the aforementioned FPGA processing, all integrated with open-standard software. The 6600 box is also built using open and de facto standards.
These standards include Linux and Wind River VxWorks operating systems, IP (Internet Protocol), and VPX-REDI (VITA 46 and 48). The system also uses standards such as PMC-X/XMC, and Ethernet.
The PowerStream 6600 is also aligned with open-standards initiatives such as the Navy's OACE (Open Architecture Computing Environment).
In operation, the PowerStream 6600 supports 34-Gbyte/s sustained RapidIO fabric throughput, without requiring slots dedicated to fabric switching. Maximally configured, it can support either 64 processors or 21 FPGAs.
Modules will be available with first shipments. These will include a quad 1.4-GHz Freescale Semiconductor MPC7448 HCD (high-compute-density) card, and a FCN (FPGA Compute Node) board. The FCN will pack three user-programmable Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA-based processors. Another modules will include a dual Freescale MPC8548 smart carrier board supporting dual PMC-X or XMC mezzanine I/O cards.
A Software Path
According to Mercury, its PowerStream 6600 also provides a path forward for the company's MCOE software environment. The platform software supports IP networking, letting processors be deployed as a network cluster running standard networking applications. This network-enabled software architecture can ease support for multi-mission computing. IP can also connect next-generation sensors to the so-called GIG (global information grid).
Applications will also benefit from having a wide range of data movement middleware options, including TCP/IP, CORBA, MPI, DRI, and PAS, all optimized to run over the RapidIO backplane fabric.
Mercury's PowerStream 6600 is scheduled to ship in the last quarter of this year.
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For more information contact Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., 199 Riverneck Rd., Chelmsford, Mass. 01824-2820. Phone: 866-627-6951 or 800-229-2006. Fax: 978- 256-3599.
Mercury Computer Systems, 866-627-6951, www.mc.com/conductioncooled