VPX computing node steps up performance with Intel Xeon-D processor

August 07, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Kontron has concluded design and test of what it claims to be the highest performance 3U VPX board, and the start of evaluation unit deliveries to lead customers, in high performance computing and in defence systems

Based on the advanced 8-core version of the Intel Xeon-D processor architecture (Broadwell DE), the highly integrated VX3058 brings server class computing capabilities to the battlefield with its Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), high bandwidth PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0, and high speed DDR4 memory. Ruggedised for harsh environments and size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) optimised, the VX3058 provides new levels of digital signal processing performance. These benefits suit it for demanding military server and other high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications, especially for virtual machine architectures that can take advantage of the extensive capital and operational efficiencies provided by isolated workloads configured to dynamically share common resources.

The Kontron VX3058 provides two 10 GBASE-KR ports and 8 lanes Gen3 PCI Express to the backplane. Providing more capabilities in a 3U footprint, the VX3058 also offers versatile mezzanine options for XMC, storage, graphics, M.2, and I/O. The M.2 interface can be used for storage or for integration of customised personality modules. Front I/O module options are selectable for DVI/HDMI, Ethernet or other interfaces. The Kontron VxFabric provides an API that extends the TCP/IP protocol over the PCI Express infrastructure that when combined with Kontron's advanced switch technologies, enables significantly higher I/O bandwidth. The VX3058 is pin compatible with the company’s previous generation VX3044 3U VPX board, which already deploys 10 Gigabit (G) Ethernet and PCIe gen3 on the OpenVPX backplane. Options include a shelf manager for centralised health management, sequenced system power-up and Temperature/Power/Performance management as well as Power-On Built-in Test (PBIT) that give designers a comprehensive package for board and system diagnosis.