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October 26, 2010

Mercury Computer Systems launches Intel-based rugged server for ISR apps

8-way symmetric multiprocessing support

By CBR Staff Writer

Mercury Computer Systems, an ISR subsystems provider, has rolled out the Intel-based Ensemble HDS6600 High Density Server for rugged deployed ISR systems.

The HDS6600 supports 8-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and is based on Intel’s Xeon processor.

The company said with the Intel architecture and Linux operating system, applications can migrate from workstations and ground stations to tactical environments, facilitating a common code base between the lab and deployed environments.

The HDS6600 is designed to the OpenVPX standard for integration with traditional sensor hardware.

Mercury said with dual quad-core Intel Xeon enterprise server-class processors in a standard one inch OpenVPX slot, a ten-board system reaches over one Tera Floating Point Operations Per Second (TFLOPS) of peak performance.

The communications among HDS6600 modules is facilitated by Protocol Offload Engine Technology (POET), which encapsulates standards-based protocol management, such as Serial RapidIO and PCIe, with real time switching capability.

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The 12 GB of on-board SDRAM memory is balanced for the 8 Intel Xeon cores, and represents a 4X increase over previous generation module memory size.

The product is supported by an open development environment based on Linux and Eclipse, and includes the MultiCore Plus Software Development environment and OpenSAL libraries.

The firm said users can now develop and migrate applications between Intel-based workstations and HDS6600-based deployed systems.

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