RTC LAUNCHES THE HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CONFERENCE

Reacting to industry demands The RTC Group launches the HPC Conference to be held in conjunction with the Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conference.

The High Performance Computing Conference (or HPC Conference) was conceived through a number of round table discussions with performance leading companies looking to capitalize on the market shifts currently occurring in the embedded space.  The 2013 success of combining the RTECC events with Sensors Expo was the obvious progression to consider the whole picture and how “new-world” applications were to be addressed with high performance computing.

“The truth is we used to know what we were and what we are not. Today high performance connectivity and consumer level devices are being used to control everything from factory floors to patient vitals. We decided to embrace technology and applications that take us into these new spaces”.  states John Reardon, CEO of The RTC Group.  Mr. Reardon goes on to say. “Historically the RTECC events derived much of their technology focus from the “desktop” markets, but today’s applications draw technologies from throughout the technology world.  From wireless technologies to the use of high performance GPUs, we are witnessing a blurring of traditional definitions into solutions that transcend historical models”.

The HPC Conference will be introduced in 16 locations throughout North America this year in the hopes of attracting technical professionals that are pushing performance specs through the use of high-speed multicore processors, high performance flash memory and interconnect technologies.   This merge of markets defined by terms such as “Big Data”, “Internet of things” and “Cloud Attached” will set these two events on a course to represent the most dynamic segments of the market.

The Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference has now completed its 27th year.  In 2014 the High Performance Computing Conference will expand upon this formula with a strong educational component, expanded exhibition options and hands-on tutorials (in select cities).  Every exhibitor will continue to find the cost and return exceptional when comparing the events to other lead generating activities.

For More Information Contact: Aaron Foellmi

VP Sales & Marketing – The RTC Group

aaronf@rtcgroup.com

FPGAs and JTAG – A Look at Some Developments

Taking a short break from what may be seen as our tendency to concentrate on the “snazziest” looking developments in technology, let’s look at some interesting developments in the world of mid- to lower-range FPGAs. By that we mean devices with 150k or fewer logic elements that are in growing demand for an increasing variety of system uses. Far from the “glue logic” of old, these devices are taking on roles in aerospace and defense and industrial automation as well as wireline and wireless infrastructure. Their roles include a rich variety of I/O processing and translation, packet switching, traffic management, system management and security.

Functional Safety through CompactPCI in Mass Transit Computing Systems

With the ongoing shift from analog technologies to computer-driven operations, functional safety is becoming an increasingly more important element in the design of electronic systems. Errors or failures in mass transportation can result in loss of life or cause major damage to the environment as well as to property. Each transportation industry segment, from railways and buses to ships and airplanes, has its own safety criteria, typically backed by mandated standards to ensure proper operation and passenger safety.

TOP-DOWN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

DESIGNING AT THE SYSTEM-TO-SYSTEM LEVEL: THE INDUSTRY’S NEW CHALLENGE

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LIKE IT OR NOT THINGS ARE CHANGING IN HOW MILITARY PROGRAMS ARE SELECTED, MANAGED AND ARCHITECTED. BUDGET SHIFTS AND AN INCREASING FOCUS ON PLATFORM ELECTRONICS IN DELIVERABLE SYSTEMS DEMANDS THE USE OF THE LATEST AND MOST COST EFFECTIVE ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY. HAVING CRITICAL PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY IS NOT ONLY KEY FOR PLATFORM ARCHITECTS BUT ALSO FOR SYSTEM DEVELOPERS DESIGNING SYSTEMS FOR THESE PLATFORMS.

Winners in the next decade of military system development will be those who make the best use of technology over the extended deployment cycle of a military program—and how such solutions can ensure requirements are met over several generations of technology upgrades and refreshes.

Meanwhile, the global issues include everything from controlling costs to insuring reusability and interoperability between program platforms—even between those of different services.

To keep pace with these challenges high-level technical decision makers—from DoD execs, to program mangers (both uniformed and non-uniformed), to engineering managers—need to keep current with the program-level technology issues that will drive and effect technology decision making. Program-level issues span a host of areas including choice of backplane-based version vs single packaged systems, open architecture vs proprietary, program-level thermal and power management, EMI, Multiple Independent Layers of Security and so on.

With all that in mind, COTS Journal is presenting a series of articles in September and October issues focusing on exactly those program-level technology trends and the key global issues that are tightly linked to technology decision making. These articles look through a lens of program requirements and matching particular program needs to technology solutions.

In the Defense Market, the Fight Goes on against Counterfeit ICs

The impact of counterfeit components in the military supply chain is widely known and has led to several incidents in which the safety of military personnel has been compromised, requiring significantly expensive fixes. It is clear that both the government and electronics industry have seen enough of these examples of the danger of counterfeit components to cause great concern. As a result, both have increased their efforts to combat it, with some notable successes. Counterfeiters, and those who enable the entry of counterfeits into the military supply chain, are being held accountable by regulators, while the electronics industry is coming up with safer channels of distribution that guarantee manufacturer-direct parts (Figure 1). Together, these efforts are bolstering the integrity of the military supply chain while serving as a role model for other industries in which counterfeit electronics are a threat.

VPX at Light Speed – Optical Brings 100 Gigabits to Backplane Architectures

With the emergence of backplane data communication at PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) speeds, it’s becoming more and more likely that backplane I/O will require support at similar bandwidths. Certainly chassis-to-chassis connections will need to be accomplished at the same bandwidth, and because copper cables of useful lengths are not practical above 3 Gbit/s, applications will be turning increasingly to optical cables for high-speed external data connections.

Displays and Panel PCs Help Connect the Networked Military

Despite the ever tightening military budgets affecting today’s ongoing programs, the move to more advanced display technologies continues to be strong. There are two main reasons for that. On the one hand there’s a fundamental shift in technology network-centric operations. Meanwhile, there’s an acknowledgement that a reduced military will need to increase its situational awareness capabilities, and that sharing and display of information feeds into that trend.

VICTORY Standard Eliminates Costly Vehicle Redundancies

The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative has as its main goal the reduction of SWAP-C on ground vehicles. VICTORY takes aim at the current issues such as redundant functionality, networking and interoperability by defining an approach for commonality through Gigabit Ethernet networking, standard connectors and well-defined electrical interfaces. The effort, jointly undertaken by a combination of participants from government, industry and academia, was begun in May 2010 with a first goal of defining a deployable 1.0 specification the following summer. Having met that goal, progress has continued apace.