What Is ATCA?
The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA® or ATCA®) is a series of open standard computing platform specifications originally developed to meet the needs of carrier grade communications equipment. It has recently expanded its reach into scientific research, more ruggedized applications geared toward the military and aerospace industries and other industries that require high performance embedded computing. This white paper gives an introduction to the standard covering mechanical characteristics, hardware platform management, and data transport. It goes on to discuss open system management standards that have developed on top of the ATCA specification and concludes with a view to the future for ATCA.
ATCA: Now And Next
In the 11 years since ATCA products first appeared on the market, there have been numerous advances in the governing standard, the products available, and the products and applications which are driving its adoption and growth. This white paper provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art in ATCA, discussing where it’s being deployed, what kinds of applications and technologies are driving its growth, its relevance in the context of all-IP cloud deployments, and what the future may hold for the standard products and adoption.
ATCA for Military, Aerospace and Other High Performance Embedded Computing Users
The compact and power-efficient design with moderate ruggedness of ATCA® technology now makes it the ideal choice for military, aerospace and security equipment makers. This paper addresses the forces driving the requirements of high performance embedded computing (HPEC) for military and aerospace applications, including the modular open system approach (MOSA), commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), and reduced size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) as it applies to ATCA. Written by experts from Emerson and SANBlaze Technology Inc.
High Density Digital Signal Processing with ATCA
Traditional methods of digital signal processing in military and aerospace applications have used specialized FPGAs, multiprocessor VME or OpenVPX solutions. Advances in microprocessor technology and accompanying software could mean that AdvancedTCA® (ATCA®) has the potential to replace some of those elements in complex signal processing applications.
Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Use Cases, Requirements and Architectures
Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a technique with many different use cases, delivering information about packet flows and content as well as allowing network operators and service providers to ensure quality of service at an application level.
Adding Media Processing to Server-Based Applications
High density voice and video processing is increasingly in demand for applications such as session border controllers, media gateways/servers or media resource functions, video or content optimization, video communications servers, and interactive voice and video response systems.
Achieving Critical Advantage Through Optimized Media Processing Applications Based on ATCA® Technology
Our thirst for rich multimedia experiences without boundaries on an endless variety of devices continues to grow unquenched. Therefore, the ability to manipulate media streams in carrier networks has become a source of critical advantage to network operators and service providers.
Enabling Workload Consolidation on the Next-Generation Communications Platform from Intel®, codename Crystal Forest
This white paper describes the key elements of the next-generation communications platform from Intel®, codename Crystal Forest, which enables a new homogeneous topology, and the key requirements for an effective system-level implementation of the new Intel® microarchitecture.
Expanding the COM Express® Specification for Alternative Microprocessor Architectures
Developing compliant modules based on non-x86 architecture CPUs is not supported by the specification. Requirements for highly x86-specific interfaces preclude the development of compatible modules using processors built on Power Architecture®, MIPS® or ARM® technologies.
Storage Strategies for AdvancedTCA Platforms
In order to reduce costs, a growing number of companies are trying to limit the number of different platforms on which they base applications.
Containerized Computing for Telecommunications Applications
The concept of modular deployment of equipment in pre-fabricated and pre-assembled containers or shelters has been familiar to sectors of the telecommunications industry and as a disaster recovery strategy for some time now, but this modus operandi has recently received wider publicity in the IT industry.
Successful Design and Test Methodology for NEBS - Creating Equipment that Meets Carrier Requirements using Open Standards
Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) requirements are defined in Telcordia SR- 3580 and primarily consist of compliance to Telcordia GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE. NEBS certification is required by North American Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC), Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC), International Exchange Carriers (IXC), and other networks operators prior to deployment in their networks.