GE Intelligent Platforms recently published a white paper on Reflective Memory (RFM) networks. The technical paper coincides with the launched of two their new products, the PCIE-5565PIORC low-profile PCIe node card and HUB-5595 DIN rail-mount hub. The title of the white paper is: Reflective Memory Optimization Realized Through Best Practices in Design.
The GE article discusses RFM as a complete functional system and suggests best practices that will enable engineers to obtain the highest value from GE Intelligent Platforms products.
Reflective Memory (RFM) networks are uniquely able to provide the highly deterministic and tightly timed performance required by a variety of distributed simulation and industrial control applications. These applications demand that networks provide determinism, implementation simplicity, integration of a number of dissimilar hardware platforms running different operating systems, and a lack of software overhead. Designers are able to use low-software, high-speed, hardware-driven RFM shared memory networks to eliminate most communication latency, both overall and between individual network nodes. As such, they realize drastic improvements in resource utilization over traditional LAN technologies. The benefits of RFM technology are critical when building real-time systems such as simulators, PLC controller systems or test stands.