YottaFuse

Introduction

The future of ISR platforms is quickly migrating to multi-sensor packages with increased linger time over target.  As the sensor’s field of view and the capture Hz rate increases, the amount of data that must be stored onboard the platform has grown dramatically.   The next family of sensors deployed will exceed the GigaPixal threshold and operate at multi-GHz rates.  This results in the data capture rate on the platform exceeding the capacity of the CDL/TCDL downlinks.  This requires that high-speed, massive storage become part of the platform’s payload to ingest and store the imagery on-board within a very constrained space, weight and power (SWaP) budget.  In addition, once the platform has landed this sensor data must be quickly off-loaded in order for the platform to be serviced and returned to station.
YottaFuse has been specifically designed for to meet this new ISR onboard processing and storage challenge.  The first generation of YottaFuse was developed in late 2011 and delivered in early 2012.  It leverage all commercial off-the-shelf components, demonstrating that commercial offerings have closed the capability gap that has historically required one-off, customized systems.  YottaFuse demonstrates that the ISR community can confidently leverage the ongoing marketplace R&D advances that are critical to the future of the ISR mission without significant reengineering or one-time manufacturing costs.

YottaFuse has been specifically designed for the technology and operational challenges of the evolving ISR mission.  We have designed a system that provides an end-to-end solution from the initial imagery capture in the air generated from the new GigaPixal to the time sensitive transfer of this imagery to the ground station storage.

The core storage technology we have selected – Fusion-io - is breakthrough, state-of-the-art technology that is operational in marketing leading companies like FaceBook and HPC environments like Lawrence Livermore Labs.  This technology provides more density, better performance and is more reliable than other off-the-shelf solid state storage drives.  One of the key advantages of the Fusion-io technology is the massive IO throughput that it supports.

YottaFuse was specifically developed to support the high performance computing requirements of the next generation, persistent ISR platforms.  This new requirement presents a number of challenges that can only be met by exploiting the most leading edge computing technologies.  Simply put the future onboard ISR computing solution requires HPC capabilities, supercomputer like IO and big data storage capacity in a small, light-weight, low-power package that can operation in an austere computing environment where the tradeoffs between SWaP must be optimized to deliver the required computing capacity.  YottaFuse has been designed to meet this challenge and delivers:


• The industry’s fastest IO speeds required to support the multi-sensor environments leveraging the breakthrough Fusion-io Octal technology.
• The latest Intel® chip architectures providing a massively dense computing environment.
• A 100% solid state solution minimizing altitude, power and cooling concerns.
• A quick release removable data sleeves solution that allows the rapid removal of mission ISR data once the Plaftorm has landed.
• A product roadmap that aligns with and leverages the industry leaders – Intel, Samsung, Micron and Fusion-io R&D investments.
• The common architecture from the smallest to the largest ISR platform allowing algorithms to easily migrate from program to program.
• A private cloud-processing environment, based on Red Hat RHEL 5.5 or RHEL 6.0, that provides dynamic resource allocation to better meet the real-  time information needs of the warfighter.

The YottaFuse solution uses 100% proven technologies that are deployed in both DoD and IC organizations.  The critical technology partners are comprised of 100% American owned companies and all key support personnel are US citizens with active TS/SCI clearances.