Posted: April 6, 2017 4:55 PM

Mercury Systems Launches New Rack Server for Military Application

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ANDOVER, Mass. — Mercury Systems Inc. has launched a new secure rack server that is both rugged and secure, and is fully supported by trusted U.S. suppliers.

The Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server is designed to meet the needs of U.S. military customers for rack servers with system security features that can be forward deployed as well as be made available to allied customers and partners through Foreign Military Sales or direct commercial sales.

“The HDS9624 Secure Rack Server is an ATX-class server with two 10-core Intel® Xeon E5 v4 processors with a cache-coherent memory pool running a single SMP operating system across all cores in both processors,” according to a March 30 release on Mercury’s website. “The design of the HDS9624 server is optimized for both memory bandwidth and I/O [input/output] bandwidth, resulting in a high-performance server architecture that can be used for sensor processing as well as mission computing.”

The Xeon processors “are what you would find in big data center server,” Richard Jaenicke, Mercury’s director for Market Development and Strategic Alliances, tols Seapower during an April 4 interview.

Rack servers are installed on wide-body aircraft like electronic reconnaissance aircraft as well as ships, submarines, or ground stations to handle large amounts of data, such as from sensor systems or mission-type architectures, said Shaun McQuaid, director of Product Management for Mercury.

The new server does not have any sockets [like normal servers],” Jaenicke said. “If you have it in a plane or even ship under attack, you don’t want things vibrating out of their sockets. We have them soldered down on the boards.”

The new server is ruggedized, like many others on the market, but “this server was built in the United States, all by U.S. personnel, designed, manufactured and tested in a DMEA- [Defense Manufacturing Electronics Activity] certified facility,” he said, with an extra layer of trust that the server is not compromised by trojan intrusion, counterfeit components, or “backdoor” access during its manufacture.

The server also has features to defeat attempts at reverse engineering, Jaenicke said, should an adversary capture or otherwise gain access to the server.

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