“The growth in both the number and complexity of deployed sensors that collect huge amounts of data that need to be turned rapidly into actionable information is overwhelming the capability of current military computing platforms,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military/Aerospace Products, GE Intelligent Platforms. “The requirement exists to substantially increase the throughput of these data.”
Helping to increase data throughput is the rugged IBX400 6U OpenVPX InfiniBand® Switch Fabric Module, which brings leading edge commercial data center connectivity and performance to demanding military and aerospace applications. For High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC), the module complements GE’s existing GBX460 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Fabric Module, offering an alternative, higher performance InfiniBand-based system for customers who need increased data plane bandwidth with lower latency.
With its wide operating temperature range and resistance to shock and vibration, the module enables the deployment of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities across a range of manned and un-manned airborne, ground and naval platforms in harsh environments. It can provide a significant boost to the performance of radar and sonar systems as well as image-, signal- and data processing applications.
The module provides high speed data connectivity to GE’s MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) board level sets that include the latest RDMA-enabled Intel® Core™i7 single board computers, multiprocessors, NVIDIA® CUDA™ GPUs and PMC/XMC carrier cards. Applications can be moved from Linux® server or desk-top machines onto these deployable modules for increased computing performance where it is needed most.
The IBX400 harnesses the performance and flexibility of Mellanox Technologies’ sixth generation SwitchX® 2 VPI switch. “High performance computing technologies are transforming the military embedded computing landscape by providing sophisticated, powerful analysis of complex and massive amounts of data,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The IBX400 with Mellanox low-latency, high bandwidth InfiniBand switching technology enables leading performance for the most demanding intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance applications.”
Key features of the IBX400 include: DDR InfiniBand data plane with 20 fat pipes and in-band subnet management; a Gigabit Ethernet control plane with 16 ultra-thin pipes and fully-managed layer 2/3 Ethernet switch fabric; and GE’s OpenWare™ control plane switch management with QoS priority and support for IPv6 and IPv4 switching.
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