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Understanding HPEC Computing: The Ten Axioms

January 21, 2016 | BY: Steve Edwards

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High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) is bringing previously unobtainable levels of processing power to compute-intensive defense and aerospace applications, through its unique convergence of high performance computing (HPC), embedded systems, and sensor systems. The requirements of HPEC systems, used to satisfy demanding signal, radar and image processing, comprise a distinct market in which select best-of-breed technology is adopted from large commercial markets and then modified for use in military environments.

In HPEC system designs, commercial HPC hardware and software standards are leveraged and innovatively packaged to ensure that they can meet the demands of rugged embedded deployment. Various industries provide the open standards and building blocks that comprise advanced HPEC systems. HPEC embraces adjacent market technologies from a wide variety of markets including military, information technology (office IT), telecommunications, industrial automation, scientific discovery/research, test and measurement, and finance.

The technologies that comprise an HPEC system are primarily derived from three distinct markets - the Commercial HPC, Embedded Systems and the Sensor markets. HPEC tracks and benefits from advances in the technologies that service these markets. As their technologies evolve, the HPEC market adapts by selecting the appropriate technologies that meet the Ten Axioms of HPEC that define the essential elements of an HPEC system.

Author’s Biography

Steve Edwards

Director, Secure Embedded Solutions & Technical Fellow

Steve has over 25 years of experience in the embedded system industry. He managed and co-designed Curtiss-Wright’s first rugged multiprocessor and FPGA products and was involved in the architecture, management and evangelization of the industry’s first VPX products. Steve has Chaired the VITA 65 working group and currently leads Defense Solutions’ strategic initiative in Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

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