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Multicore processing could also improve the efficiency of cyber security for large computer networks. For example, rather than having a system that collects millions of pieces of information and then sends it to a central location for processing, the analysis could be done at a sensor that acquires or monitors the data. In the past, the processing speed needed to analyze the mountains of security data that today's technology generates has not been available in a cost-effective suite of hardware. With more power in a compact form, a laptop-size supercomputer could become a reality for surveillance in multiple locations enabled by portable, real-time processing.
In addition to software development, PNNL and Mercury will organize workshops, consortiums, demonstration projects and prototyping of data-intensive computing appliances for both government and industry. Mercury and PNNL intend to expand membership in the Center of Excellence to investigate computer technologies that include combinations of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), multicores such as the Cell BE processor, GPUs, analog-to-digital converters, and software tools required for high-productivity development.
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PNNL is a DOE Office of Science national laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security and the environment, and advances scientific frontiers in the chemical, biological, materials, environmental and computational sciences. PNNL employs 4,200 staff, has a
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. - Where Challenges Drive Innovation
Mercury Computer Systems is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualization. With a strong commitment to innovation, our expertise in algorithm optimization, systems development, and silicon design is blended with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies to solve unique computing challenges. We work closely with our customers to architect solutions that have a meaningful impact on everyday life: detecting aneurysms; designing safer, more fuel-efficient aircraft; identifying security threats; discovering oil; developing new drugs; and visualizing virtually every aspect of scientific investigation.