Curtiss-Wright’s New Memory-Maximized 16-Core Intel Xeon D-based DSP Module is First to Support Up to 128 GB DDR-4 Memory

Curtiss-Wright’s New Memory-Maximized 16-Core Intel Xeon D-based DSP Module is First to Support Up to 128 GB DDR-4 Memory
Curtiss-Wright’s New Memory-Maximized 16-Core Intel Xeon D-based DSP Module is First to Support Up to 128 GB DDR-4 Memory
Press release
November 17, 2016

Curtiss-Wright’s New Memory-Maximized 16-Core Intel Xeon D-based DSP Module is First to Support Up to 128 GB DDR-4 Memory

New variant of popular supercomputer-class CHAMP-XD2 OpenVPX Module, eliminating data bottlenecks for compute-intensive, memory-bound ISR applications

ASHBURN, Va. – November 17, 2016 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it has introduced the CHAMP-XD2M, a memory-maximized derivative of its popular multicore Intel Xeon processor D-1500-based CHAMP-XD2 DSP module. The new rugged 6U OpenVPX board is ideal for memory-bound applications that require the maximum amount of memory per VPX slot as possible. While the original CHAMP-XD2, with its dual Intel Xeon Processor D devices, was designed specifically to address demanding compute-bound applications, the single processor CHAMP-XD2M board is uniquely able to keep up with the “firehose” of incoming data from memory-intensive applications such as sensor fusion. The board expands Curtiss-Wright’s supercomputer-class DSP module family with the industry’s first 16-core Xeon Processor D-based COTS module to support up to 128 Gbytes (GB) of onboard DDR-4 memory, the maximum supportable by the processor. The CHAMP-XD2M also features a Xilinx® UltraScale Core Function FPGA.

The CHAMP-XD2M provides system designers with an ideal set of building blocks to deliver maximum compute power and system memory per VPX slot. While processing incoming sensor data, ISR systems often shift between requiring more processing capability or more memory, depending on which stage of the processing pipeline the data resides in. The CHAMP-XD2M eliminates ISR data bottlenecks in memory-bound applications. It combines the maximum amount of memory with the highest core-count Xeon Processor D device. 

The rugged module is designed for the most demanding deployed HPEC systems, to support applications such as next-generation Radar, EW, and C4ISR applications and SAR, cognitive EW, and airborne cloud computing. It is ideal for use in applications that require the real-time processing of vast quantities of sensor data, such as that generated by emitters, SAR, Camera, and EO/IR imagery. The CHAMP-XD2M has already been selected for use in a sensor fusion system onboard a major High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS). 

“We are very excited to deliver the industry’s first Intel Xeon Processor D-based COTS DSP board optimized for the most challenging memory-bound ISR applications,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President, and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Our CHAMP-XD2M module, with its 128 Gbytes of memory and 16-core supercomputer processor, is the sensor fusion data turbocharger that ISR system designers have been longing for.”

Curtiss-Wright’s family of 6U and 3U CHAMP-XDx open architecture COTS modules feature high-speed DDR4 memory, high bandwidth PCIe Gen 3 data paths on the expansion plane. They also support a combination of 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces, as well as support for 40 GbE and InfiniBand. 3U and 6U CHAMP-XDx modules increase application scalability and transportability because they support software compatibility, share the same architected memory and compute nodes, and provide similar I/O. This enables system designers to cost-effectively reuse solutions across multiple platforms with differing size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) constraints, and program requirements. To maximize system configuration flexibility, the modules also feature XMC card expansion.

To ensure the protection of critical technology and data, the CHAMP-XD2M supports Curtiss-Wright’s TrustedCOTS hardware and software security features that enable customers to implement protection plans quickly and economically.

6U CHAMP-XD2M Performance Features:

The single-processor CHAMP-XD2M brings the performance of independent 16-core Intel Xeon Processor D to a single 6U chassis slot. It supports either 40 GbE or InfiniBand on the Data Plane in addition to its 1 GbE and 10 GbE interfaces on the Control Plane. 

  • Intel Xeon Processor D with Intel® AVX2
  • Integrated Platform Controller Hub Technology
  • Four ports of 40G/10G Ethernet or DDR/QDR/FDR10 InfiniBand on OpenVPX data plane
  • 2 ports of 10 GbE Intel® Ethernet on OpenVPX control plane
  • Up to 128 GB DDR4 @ 2133 mega transfers per second per Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1500 Family socket
  • XMC PCIe up to Gen 3, designed for up to 25W thermal dissipation
  • Dual x16 PCIe Gen 3 on OpenVPX expansion plane with switch 
  • Xilinx UltraScale Core Function FPGA and Microchip SmartFusion IPMI
  • Air and conduction-cooled
  • Trusted COTS support

About OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite:

The new DSP module also supports Curtiss-Wright’s recently introduced OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite of best-in-class software development tools. OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite speeds simplifies and lower the cost of developing HPEC systems through the use of non-proprietary open standard-based software.

The OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite brings the benefits of open standard HPC software to the COTS market to effectively remove the risk from developing large-scale embedded computer clusters. It includes a broad and comprehensive array of open standard drivers, middleware, and libraries. It also includes proven solutions for cluster-wide debugging tools, performance profiling, performance reports, data flow performance analysis, and built-in-test tools, all of which have already been developed and qualified for commercial HPC use.

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John Wranovics

John Wranovics

Director of Public Relations

John Wranovics has over thirty years of experience in managing media relations and the promotion of high technology products. He has been with Curtiss-Wright since 2003. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.