Mercury Computer Systems Inc., (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mc.com), a trusted ISR subsystems provider, announced it has joined the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), and has released the first software product layered on OFA’s OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) open software stack. Called OpenMPI/OFED, the new product gives designers of ISR subsystems a choice of including standards-based Open MPI middleware without sacrificing performance.
“I am thrilled to welcome Mercury as our newest member and to congratulate them on the launch of their OpenMPI/OFED product,” said Jim Ryan, chairman of the OpenFabrics Alliance. “Mercury’s work is compelling because it applies OFED software to a new category of real-time high performance embedded applications and systems, including support for the serial RapidIO ® switched fabric.”
In support of Mercury’s Open Architecture Initiative for the high performance embedded computer market, two new capabilities are being introduced: OpenMPI communications software providing the open standard Message Passing Interface (MPI) API to applications, and an OFED implementation, a lower level communications layer on which Open MPI resides. Together, these capabilities provide ISR application portability with extremely efficient communications with the embedded computer’s data plane fabrics such as serial RapidIO, 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet and InfiniBand.
OFED, an open source software distribution containing a standard fabric access API, is widely adopted in the High Performance Computing (HPC) community. Mercury brings OFED to the real-time high performance embedded computing space with a fabric-independent and optimized implementation that includes high bandwidth, low latency data transfer support. Mercury has enabled OFED-based middleware packages, such as Open MPI, to run on embedded systems without sacrificing performance. This expands the impact and reach of OFED and its robust software ecosystem from the HPC/server market segments to now include the real-time, high performance embedded computer market.Open MPI/OFED middleware provides an abstraction layer between the hardware and the customer application, thus preserving the software investment over time. This not only enables user software to be leveraged from platform generation to platform generation, but also allows rapid code migration from HPC-based systems, such as high-end workstations and blade servers, to traditional embedded computer systems.
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