The military can never have enough data. Helping to acquire that data is the DSP280 rugged dual socket quad core 6U VPX multiprocessor, which harnesses the capabilities of the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 chip set. The multiprocessor meets the rigorous real-time demands of applications such as ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar, sonar, and image and sensor processing across a wide range of deployed platforms including manned and unmanned airborne, ground and naval vehicles. It is expected that High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) solutions using the DSP280 will be deployed to enable the near real time delivery of theater data of actionable quality to command/control centers.
The dual quad core platform is capable of more than 260 Gigaflops peak performance and delivers main memory bandwidth of up to 21 GBytes/second per CPU node. Its HPEC architecture can scale from one to many processor nodes per enclosure through RDMA-enabled 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Double Data Rate (DDR) InfiniBand® dual port NICs, delivering up to 1.8 GBytes/second data rates per channel with memory-to-memory latencies of approximately 1 µs. 16 GBytes of ECC memory, along with 16 GBytes of solid state disk, can obviate the need for traditional hard disk drives.
Support for 3D high-resolution graphics further enhances the utility and flexibility of the multiprocessor.
In addition, system integrators can minimize card count by mapping multiple platform functions such as control, DSP and graphics onto one or more of the multiprocessors to reduce spares and simplify logistical support in the field.
Said Michael Stern, global product manager for Military & Aerospace High Performance Embedded Computing at GE Intelligent Platforms, “What this multiprocessor allows is extended mission – or ‘loiter’ – time across a broader range of platforms while providing more sensor data at higher resolutions in a shorter time, delivering better information to decision makers and providing superior activity-based intelligence. The multiprocessor enables the development of smaller, lighter subsystems, a broader range of mission types and platforms can be supported from the same development effort.”
For optimum support of multi-year programs with planned technology refresh of the hardware platform, the DSP280 takes advantage of GE’s AXISLib to deliver outstanding DSP performance with VSIPL API for code portability. AXISPRO includes a high performance IPC middleware and GUI for task level programming and fast prototyping to reduce development cost and shorten time to solution of even the most complex signal processing applications.
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