High-Performance Embedded Computing

What Is High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC)?

High-performance embedded computing delivers high levels of computing for mission-critical applications that need to perform in rugged and small environments. These rugged embedded systems are integral in defense and aerospace applications that require the utmost reliability for computing resources.

HPEC brings supercomputing performance once only possible in the data center to dense, ruggedized systems deployable in today’s most rigorous defense applications. The sheer amount of data produced by Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/IR), Electronic Warfare (EW), radar, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) sensors for analysis demands multiple processing elements and I/O interconnected via high-throughput, low-latency switched fabrics. Even small, unmanned vehicles utilize sensors generating large volumes of data that require high performance embedded computing capability at the edge of the network. This drives difficult size, weight, and power requirements to go along with the environmental requirements of a rugged vehicle.

One way to deal with the SWAP-C demands is by utilizing strategies and technology deployed by data centers in order to bring high-performance computing closer to the edge of the network. This includes shifting towards heterogeneous compute workloads.

Heterogeneous Workloads Enable High-Performance Embedded Computing

SWAP-C is a part of the latest trends in heterogeneous computing. These trends are increasing efficiency and allowing more data to be processed with less power to allow high-level computing in smaller environments and devices. Rather than take a common, brute-force approach to all problems on a single type of processor, heterogeneous computing uses the best silicon for the job. By combining general-purpose processors with FPGAs, network processors, and GPUs, the most efficient solution can be used.

Advances in heterogeneous computing have driven multi-card solutions to single-card solutions and are now enabling single-chip solutions. A single package with a CPU, FPGA, and GPU not only provides a higher level of computing in small environments, but allows all devices to talk to each other over high-speed interconnects and shared memory.

Open Standards Are Enabling High-Performance Embedded Computing

Industry standards like OpenVPX and SOSATM provide guidelines and architectures allowing complex HPEC systems to be built in compact, ruggedized form factors. COTS products from a variety of vendors and are interoperable as a result of these standards groups. These architectures lend themselves to heterogeneous workloads and as multi-processor solutions move from the board level to the chip level, workloads that once took multiple slots in a VPX chassis can now be done in one. This means increased rugged embedded processing density in a variety of processing-intensive applications including EO/IR, radar, and SIGINT.

New Wave DV’s High-Performance Embedded Computing Options

New Wave DV stays at the forefront of high-performance computing and provides solutions in ruggedized, embedded form factors. Our latest line of ruggedized XMC cards allows customers to upgrade any VPX single board computer (SBC) with a series of co-processing XMCs. This allows for a variety of heterogeneous workloads in a single VPX slot, ideal for high-level computing in small environments.

The New Wave DV V1153 and V1160 make a large number of optical or copper high-speed serial interfaces accessible to a host CPU. 

  • V1153 provides a Xilinx UltraScale FPGA co-processor
  • V1160 features an industry-leading NVIDIA Mellanox Connect X-5 network interface 
  • V1161 provides an FPGA co-processor alongside the NVIDIA Mellanox Connect X-5 network interface

Together, these cards provide great flexibility and bring a large number of heterogeneous computing possibilities to a SBC of your choosing. This means industry-leading 100G Ethernet or InfiniBand support alongside a flexible FPGA fabric in a single VPX slot. Contact us today if you’d like to discuss solutions for your embedded computing application.

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If you need help finding the right interface, protocol or need to tweak our FPGA cards for your teams’ needs, contact New Wave DV to discuss your requirements.

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