JEFF'S PICKS! JEFF'S TOP RACKMOUNT COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Originally Published in the January Issue of COTS JOURNAL
COTS JOURNAL, VOL. 18, NO. 1, January, 2016 – For many military applications the priority is to pack as much compute density into a system as possible. To achieve that, a popular choice is a rackmount blade-computer architecture. By using the 1U form factor, it’s easier to integrate together systems that include existing off-the-shelf IT-based 1U boards. Systems of larger sizes such as 2U, 3U and 4U are also gaining acceptance in military systems where compute density is paramount. Unlike backplane-based architectures like VME or CompactPCI, rackmount systems are bus-less and typically use Ethernet or other cable-based technology to link boards with one another.
Virtual-machine technology, fast interconnects, innovative thermal-management techniques, and modular architectures bring data-center power to embedded computing.
Originally Published in the January Issue of MILITARY & AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS
MILITARY & AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS, VOL. 27, NO. 1, January, 2016 – Sometimes even more exotic thermal-management techniques are necessary, including refrigeration in which chassis are air-conditioned. Designers at General Micro Systems (GMS) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., are taking an entirely different approach with RuggedCool computers.