Michael Stern, GE Intelligent Platforms
High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) is rapidly becoming mainstream in the mil/aero embedded computing world, bringing with it the potential to solve increasingly challenging problems such as that of processing ISR and other signal processing data. The key for developers, however, is to make the right architectural and technology choices as mandated by the DoD's Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) initiative - and then to exploit those architectures and technologies, rather than be constrained by them. To help accomplish this, software tools utilizing advanced modeling and optimization techniques are available to enable designers to analyze their MOSA-based implementations for maximum efficacy.
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.