DSP & Multiprocessing

Our DSP & Multiprocessing Solutions process more sensor data at higher resolutions, provide better quality of information in a shorter time, provide support for a wide range of mission types, shorten time-to-market and reduce risk, and reduce cost-of-ownership.

Reduce cost, time & risk with our new HPEC Starter System

  • MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) compliant
  • Scalable, deployable systems feature AXIS for reduced development time, cost
  • Accelerates time-to-solution

09/12/2012 HUNTSVILLE, AL.—September 12, 2012—Abaco Systems today announced its HPEC Application Ready Platforms (HARP) product family at the IEEE HPEC Conference (Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA). These new systems respond to government and defense organization demands to acquire and deploy high performance, open architecture, embedded computing solutions at lower cost in shorter timeframes. They deliver application-ready, COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) platforms that can reduce development time from months to weeks or days.

System integrators can develop, test and demonstrate this platform confident that its constituent elements – single board computers, multiprocessors, GPGPU, switched fabric modules, etc. – can be re-packaged in a range of rugged build levels for airborne, ground and naval applications. Abaco’s platforms provide modular open system architectures (MOSA) platforms based on industry standard high performance computing (HPC) hardware and software building blocks to accelerate time to solution and time to deployment. The first member of the new family is the 6U OpenVPX HPEC Starter System.

Included with each system is Abaco’s AXIS application development framework, which shortens time to solution and reduces risk and cost by providing a user friendly interface to the scalable multi-processor platform. Application developers can become productive faster by using preconfigured DSP examples and performance libraries to harness the full potential of the underlying hardware. In addition, customers can move blade server or HPC desk top applications onto the systems with minimal risk and delay.

Development time is also reduced by the availability of support and training from Abaco’s recently-opened HPEC Center of Excellence, which provides in-depth expertise in supporting customers in the design and testing of advanced, high performance systems.

“High performance embedded computing systems are key to expanding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities across a broad spectrum of deployed systems and across multiple government agencies,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at Abaco Systems. “ISR systems need to be highly flexible and adaptable. MOSA systems harness a wide and diverse talent pool of software developers, data processing skill sets and data analysis techniques to respond to these fast moving landscapes, allowing new applications to be developed, demonstrated and deployed at lower cost and in shorter timeframes.”

The new HARP systems can be used to demonstrate technology readiness to Level 6 when integrated into the end user system environment prior to full integration, test and qualification of the production platforms. They are capable of meeting the most demanding size, weight and power (SWaP) targets for the deployed platform.

The fully integrated and tested 6U OpenVPX HPEC Starter Systems feature 2nd- and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors; CUDA™ GPGPU processors from NVIDIA® ; 10 Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express fabric support; multiple hard disk drives; full user I/O via the rear panel; the AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment; and 64-bit Linux.

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The decision is based, however, not only on technical specifications and performance, but in other factors as well…

10/10/2012 October issue of Military Embedded Systems, By: Michael Stern, Senior Product Manager, Abaco Systems

Organizations going the VITA 65 /OpenVPX route as part of a planned HPEC deployment have an important decision to make in terms of choice of serial switched fabrics. The decision is based, however, not only on technical specifications and performance, but on other factors as well – factors that are potentially more critical.

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DSP280 – Rugged, dual socket quad core 6U VPX multiprocessor harnessing the extraordinary performance of the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 chip

The DSP280 is a rugged dual socket Intel 2nd generation Quad Core i7 mulitprocessor designed to improve defense intelligence applications. This is the 5th new product from Abaco to harness the extraordinary performance of the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 chip set. The DSP280 is designed to meet the rigorous real-time demands of applications such as ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), radar, sonar, image and sensor processing across a wide range of platforms including manned, unmanned airborne, ground and naval vehicles.

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 (high performance embedded computing) architecture can scale from one to many processor nodes per enclosure via 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 1µs. Sixteen 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 DSP280, widening its potential application footprint.

Managing massive data streams even in harsh Mil & Aero environments

High Performance Embedded Computing

Abaco Systems line of COTS multiprocessor hardware solutions includes single board computers (SBCs) and multiprocessors based on Intel, NVIDIA and PowerPC processors, as well as fabric switch cards, PMC/XMC carriers and FPGA processing engines. We also offer our market-leading AXIS suite of multiprocessor software that includes an integrated development environment & high-performance math and function libraries that reduce development time and maximize performance for even the most demanding signal and data processing applications.

Our multiprocessor hardware and software products have been incorporated into numerous deployed platforms that include underwater and naval surface sonar, land-based radar, and airborne sensor, image and radar processing.

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