Mercury Introduces 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2, MultiCore Plus SDK

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of high-performance computing solutions for HPC and embedded computing markets, announced its Dual Cell-Based System 2 and new-generation MultiCore Plus(tm) SDK (Software Development Kit), at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, California.

As the first of its kind, the Mercury 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2 (DCBS-2) employs two Cell Broadband Engine(tm) (BE) processors to boost applications that demand a low acoustic signature in combination with the added density of the 1U form factor. With key signal processing algorithms mapped onto the system, the DCBS-2 dramatically increases the performance advantages for HPC applications such as optical proximity correction (OPC) and computational lithography – even more so when the application is distributed among multiple DCBS-2 blades in a cluster or across the network.

Mercury Computer Systems 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2The MultiCore Plus SDK provides a cost-effective, seamless package of software development tools and libraries within a comprehensive programming framework that is specially designed for next-generation multicore processors such as the Cell BE processor. With unmatched performance and an easy-to-use API (application programming interface), the MultiCore Plus SDK is certified for compatibility with IBM products and services. New enhancements to the MultiCore Plus SDK include extension of the tile channels and messaging queues in the MultiCore Framework to include Intel® host support, which are designed to deliver the best performance for demanding applications like OPC and design for manufacturability (DFM). Mercury reduces the number of lines of code and the code complexity by providing an API that transparently handles the parallelism, thus providing higher-quality code, and less debugging, and enables programmers to focus on core application development.

“Mercury pioneered the design and integration of embedded multiprocessor solutions more than 20 years ago,” said Joel Radford, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. “We’ve mastered the challenge of parallel programming heterogeneous systems that include DSPs, FPGAs, GPUs, and/or GPPs. Our capabilities to extract the best possible performance are unequalled in the industry.”

Pricing & Availability
1U Dual Cell-Based System 2 configurations are shipping today, and start at under U.S. $15,000. The MultiCore Plus Software Development Kit (SDK) suite for the Cell processor is U.S. $15,000, and is available now. For other software pricing, contact Mercury.

For more information on the 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2 and the MultiCore Plus SDK, visit Mercury in Booth #628 at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium, February 26-27 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA; visit; or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or