Mercury Computer Systems Inc., (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mc.com), a trusted provider of commercially developed ISR subsystems, has been selected by a worldwide provider of security inspection systems to accelerate the performance of its high-capacity checked baggage scanning equipment. Mercury’s unique expertise in optimizing algorithms was applied to powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) which are designed into scalable, standards-based systems architecture. The optimized algorithms and Mercury’s advanced software framework will enable the scanning systems to deliver ultra-clear images, improving the reliability of results, increasing security and expediting the screening process at airports and other transportation hubs.
“Mercury has enjoyed a long-standing, multi-year relationship with this market leader, which is known for innovation designed to provide quick response to changing security challenges” said Didier Thibaud, senior vice president and general manager of Mercury Computer Systems’ Advanced Computing Solutions business unit. “Our expertise at optimizing advanced processing technologies, particularly general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) enables us to deliver industry leading price-performance, giving our customer a competitive edge. Our seven-year track record of bringing the tremendous processing advantages of GPGPUs to a wide range of military and commercial applications is evidence of this. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with this customer as a trusted partner to deliver systems that protect individuals and communities around the world.”
Initially Mercury will provide optimization for back-projection algorithms for performance on Intel x86 processors with GPGPUs serving as specialized co-processors. The company will also deliver a customized software framework to optimize data flow from the sensor to the processing engines and then to the display. The optimization will result in extremely clear images being fed to the threat detection algorithm, reducing the number of false positives and supporting high belt speeds.
Mercury first implemented GPGPUs in 2004 as part of a medical imaging application, and continues to deliver numerous GPGPU-based solutions, including various high performance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) subsystems.