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Protocol-Agnostic, Multi-Fabric Interconnect for Intel Embedded Computing Line

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A new multi-fabric connectivity solution for Intel processors empowers companies to migrate to open solutions, future-proof their applications and guard their investment by ensuring a wide range of standards can be implemented without costly hardware changes. The protocol-agnostic, multi-standard switch fabric technology or Protocol Offload Engine Technology (POET) from Mercury Computer Systems implements, at its highest level, a collection of standard interfaces to create a bridge between processors and switched fabrics. Initially POET will support both Serial RapidIO (sRIO), the overwhelmingly preferred switch fabric for the defense industry, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, the most common commercial fabric.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric is traditionally a best-efforts network. By offloading and accelerating standard protocols, POET simultaneously facilitates high bandwidth and low latency operation giving 10 Gigabit Ethernet the guaranteed, deterministic delivery of Serial RapidIO. POET can improve size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints in subsystems by providing local switching in the FPGA between multiple fabric ports to create distributed mesh networks, thereby eliminating the need for a centralized switched fabric card. In future releases POET will support next-generation switched fabrics such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet and InfiniBand as well as offload protocols such as RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), an InfiniBand over Ethernet standard. Through industry standard internal interfaces, customers can integrate their own downloadable firmware with POET to add value to their subsystems, or engage with Mercury’s Services and Systems Integration group to obtain customization services. 

Mercury Computer Systems, Chelmsford, MA. [www.mc.com].