Highest compute power in VPX format, for military/data mining

September 08, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Kontron has introduced its next-generation StarVX high performance embedded computing (HPEC) system based on its VX3058 3U VPX single board computer (SBC), claimed as the highest-performance VPX computing node currently available.

Hosting the advanced 8-core version Intel Xeon D-1540 (Broadwell DE), the StarVX puts server-class silicon and highly ruggedised technologies in a compact 3U blade footprint. Offering 10 times greater performance than currently deployed ruggedised HPEC architectures, it also meets computer footprint reduction demands through operational computers consolidation via server virtualisation. Based on parallel virtual machine (VM) execution that can apply operational efficiencies provided by isolated workloads configured to dynamically share common resources, server virtualisation is now spreading outside IT rooms on rugged platforms such as StarVX. These capabilities enable a new class of compute-intensive applications such as data mining and cyber security, and also simplify military server consolidation easing logistics, installation and maintenance of complex systems.

“Offering a significant computing blade upgrade that can accommodate more than traditional HPEC applications, the StarVX paves the way for a new era of rugged parallel servers that can easily handle radar/sonar sensor processing as well as intensive parallel computing for cyber security in a single powerful platform. The StarVX can be used to solve hardware evolution needs such as CPU count, memory, form factor and I/O availability via virtualisation from one architecture design,” said Vincent Chuffart, Product Portfolio Manager for Kontron. “Prepared for cloud computing, the StarVX offers the combined performance of the Intel Xeon-D with OpenStack, the open source cloud software. This highly versatile foundation allows developers to quickly and cost-effectively build multiple systems and manage diverse computing resources while also leveraging the benefits of virtualisation technologies.”

By supplying the required I/O bandwidth to algorithms mapped onto the computing architecture, the StarVX is able to provide the fast backplane performance demanded by today’s DSP-based applications in a much smaller footprint. Kontron designed the StarVX to be completely application-ready by fully testing the backplane and the processor blades across all mission profiles and integrated the necessary software that permits developers to more easily add their particular application technologies. Kontron’s StarVX computing blades support