VMETRO Announces FusionIPC Inter-Processor Communications Software

VMETRO, a leader in embedded computing solutions based on standards such as VXS, VPX, XMC and FMC that utilize multi-gigabit serial interconnects, announced FusionIPC, an Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software stack for Distributed Multi-Processing systems. FusionIPC is designed for use in demanding signal processing applications such as radar and signal intelligence where the workload exceeds the processing capability of a single CPU. Initially supported on VMETRO’s recently announced 6U VPX MPE730 multiprocessor board, SBC731 single board computer, and HPE720 hybrid MPC8641D/FPGA board, FusionIPC utilizes the Serial RapidIO (sRIO) fabric.

“Similar to other existing approaches, FusionIPC is built upon a shared memory buffer model but differs in that it combines coordination of bulk data movement with messaging and signals without application involvement,” comments Mike Jadon, Chief Technology Officer of Embedded Systems, VMETRO, Inc. “This reduces the complexity for application developers, but does not unnecessarily abstract them from the hardware and introduce additional overhead as would be the case with a conventional message passing based implementation.”

FusionIPC handles both bulk data movement and message passing in a small footprint without requiring application involvement. The software supports a Shared Memory Buffer (SMB) mechanism for high performance, low overhead, “zero copy” bulk data movement within the system and message passing for status and control. Device drivers handle dynamic bulk data movement for peer-to-peer transfers via SMBs to keep the CPUs in the system available for processing the data rather than moving it. Being designed for embedded applications, the footprint of FusionIPC has been kept to a minimum.

FusionIPC provides a Distributed Name Server with abstract named entities for configuring device members. This flexible method accommodates changes to hardware arrangements without having to rewrite configuration files, while avoiding single points of failure in the system.

FusionIPC is based on open standards with POSIX interfaces. Application development is supported with an open tool chain, specifically gcc and gdb, for target processors and instructions. It is also compatible with third party development environments including Freescale’s LTIB and Denx’s EDLK. Initially available on Linux 2.6, later distributions will also support VxWorks.

For additional information about FusionIPC, please visit the VMETRO website at http://www.vmetro.com/fusionipc.

VMETRO (OSE:VME) provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board- and system-level embedded computer products from development to deployment for applications in Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Communications, Medical, Enterprise Computing and Network Storage. Our products offer the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability by applying state-of-the-art technology within the framework of well established industry standards. VMETRO is a leading supplier of 1) Embedded Computing – ruggedized and commercial grade high-performance Digital Signal Processing and FPGA Processing solutions, Analog, Digital and Fiber-Optic I/O, and Buffer Memory Nodes 2) Data Recorders & Storage – ruggedized and commercial grade real-time long-endurance recording, playback and analysis systems for high-speed sensor data 3) Protocol & Bus Analyzers – debug, validation and analysis tools for testing computer systems and 4) Network Storage devices – solid-state non-volatile cards designed to increase performance and maintain reliability in server and storage appliances.