Kontronâ€™s HPEC super computer-like system matches military program needs for high-end processing
Online PR News – 11-May-2012 – Poway, California – May 8, 2012 â€“ Kontron today announced that its high performance embedded computing (HPEC) platform was selected for an Editorâ€™s Choice Award by Military Embedded Systems Magazine. The Kontron 18 blade VPX-based HPEC platform was chosen by the editors for their April-May 2012 issue because of its ability to meet military programsâ€™ needs for high-end processing. This highly integrated HPEC platform was developed to supply an immense amount of power in a small footprint. Military Embedded Systems Magazine editors continually assess innovative new technologies and products as possible Editorâ€™s Choice award recipients.
â€śThwarting the old paradigm of military programs sacrificing performance or facing a proprietary technology path, the Kontron HPEC platform delivers 1.44 Teraflops of compute density,â€ť on behalf of OpenSystems Media. â€śDescribed as a â€śsupercomputer-like systemâ€ť by the company, the DSP-suited HPEC platform comprises 18 of Kontronâ€™s VX6060 Core i7 2 GHz (or more) computing nodes including 8 GB DDR3 memory on each board, in addition to 36 tightly coupled processors within the HPEC platform. Several switched fabric interconnects are housed in the backplane. And the 19-inch footprint HPEC platform is suited to radar, SIGINT, sonar, and video processing needs of UAV or aircraft programs.â€ť
The Kontron HPEC Platform
Using the strengths of Kontronâ€™s substantial system and board-level platform expertise along with its experience in design and deployment of ruggedized systems for defense programs, the Kontron HPEC platform meets the needs of compute-intensive DSP-based systems. It is a VPX-based super computer-like system that accommodates up to 18 Kontron 6U VPX VX6060â€™s, powered by Dual Intel Core i7 processor computing nodes, and employs 36 tightly coupled processors. Using an innovative VXFabric approach, which is a simplified API that Kontron developed to help accelerate the design process, Kontronâ€™s new HPEC platform allows high-speed socket-based communication between blades by using multiple switched fabric interconnects within the backplane. The 72 core, 18-blade Kontron HPEC platform provides a breakthrough in compute density, up to 1.44 Teraflops (1.44 Trillion Floating Point Operation per second) in a small 19-inch footprint that delivers the high-performance computing power that is a critical capability for many of todayâ€™s military systems including radar, sonar, SIGINT and video processing for various aircraft or UAV programs.
To view the Editorâ€™s Choice Award by Military Embedded Systems Magazine: http://mil-embedded.com/editors-choice/vpx-goes-hpec/