A powerful new packet processing and high performance server blade has been launched by Artesyn Embedded Technologies, the ATCA-7540, based on dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors (codename Skylake), which were recently announced. The ATCA-7540 provides a migration path and future-proof platform for defense applications in air/shipborne data centres, ground control stations, network data analytics, ad-hoc mobile networks and other C4ISR tasks.
The selected processor family combined with Artesyn’s engineering and supply chain expertise provides a performance and longevity-of-supply improvement over existing server blades. Artesyn expects its selected processors to have a 15-year life cycle.
Designed for compute-intensive tasks such as deep packet inspection (DPI), firewalls, intrusion prevention and data encryption/decryption, the ATCA-7540 server blade targets high performance network requirements in commercial, government and defense communications networks.
Built around commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies, the AdvancedTCA (ATCA) bladed architecture follows the US Department of Defense (DoD) modular open systems approach (MOSA). With scalable performance, ease of maintenance, reduced cabling and multivendor interoperability, Artesyn’s ATCA technology has been selected for multiple applications in military deployments. Several DoD branches, prime contractors and system integrators have adopted the ATCA architecture for a range of centralised compute systems on board ships, aircraft or in transit cases for command and control tents.
The CentOS operating system will be available for the Artesyn ATCA-7540 and the blade is designed to support other open source and commercial operating systems thanks to pre-installed BIOS, IPMC firmware and Artesyn’s Basic Blade Services (BBS) software.
The blade will also support RedHawk Linux RTOS, an industry-standard real-time operating system selected by the US Navy as its open architecture operating system for a long list of programmes.
The ATCA-7540 can be configured for virtualisation using Linux KVM or VMware ESXi, and is designed to operate with the Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).