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Technology

Quo vadis, data center?

Humanity is on the verge of a sixth wave of innovation. Fantastic technologies are emerging and being developed so fast that it is hard to predict even the near future of civilization. But one thing we know for sure is that we are being overwhelmed by the wave of digital information. There are currently no viable alternatives to the concept of data centers that serve as a breakwater. Thus, it is crucial to prepare them for this new reality. The article discusses the ways to improve data center energy efficiency, security and performance.


Six Sigma: What? Why? How?

The article focuses on the Six Sigma process and product quality management concept. Also discussed are the key principles of this methodology as well as the basic formulas to calculate the process quality factor. Dataforth specialists have shared their experience in using the Six Sigma quality control program that has been successfully used in their own projects for many years.


Embedded Systems

Spoiled for Choice: CompactPCI Serial or VPX?

The article reviews the current popular and most attractive standards, namely CompactPCI Serial and VPX standards that are used to build high-performance modular embedded systems. Also discussed are their comparative advantages and disadvantages, as well as their prospective development.


Industrial PC: must be bought, impossible to assemble

The article discusses pros and cons of buying the industrial computers and assembling them yourself. Also included are examples of embedded systems from AdvantiX, a domestic manufacturer.


Industrial Networks

Defense in Depth in use. Level 4: protection of industrial protocols. Part 2

This article is a continuation of the series on the multi-layered protection of industrial Ethernet networks applying the Defense-in-Depth principle. Also discussed are some basic vulnerabilities occurring in EtherNet/IP industrial protocol as well as protection methods based on deep traffic inspection.


Hardware

Approach to data processing for extreme environments

One of the crucial factors of victory in an era of electronic competition in the 21st century is the ability to collect and process large amounts of data in real time. The efficiency of actual applications is limited by size and weight requirements, budget restrictions and other characteristics. The article demonstrates how to achieve maximum system performance with different limitations.


FMC mezzanine modules for building high performance signal processing systems

The article offers a brief overview of the FMC standard that defines the sizes and interfaces of mezzanine modules. Also included are descriptions of FMC modules as well as FPGA-based carrier modules implemented in CompactPCI Serial and OpenVPX standards.


New generation of a domestic heterogeneous computing platform

One of the ways to increase computing performance is to use the platforms with heterogeneous architecture. They offer the possibility to efficiently utilize the computational power of processors, graphics accelerators and programmable logic integrated circuits. The domestic new generation platform presented in the article is capable of simultaneously employing modules with different architectures in a variety of configurations. The article provides an example of solving hydroacoustic antenna beamforming tasks using a computing system based on this platform.


Advantech machine vision solutions

Machine vision is a relatively new but promising technology. The growth in computing power and the miniaturization of hardware offer a possibility to solve various application tasks in the projects where the abandonment of manual labor would have been unthinkable even a few years ago. This article provides examples of such projects and an overview of some machine vision devices.


Touch input devices: perspectives on applications in severe environments

Today panel computers with touch monitors have become ubiquitous in areas where it is necessary to use rugged computing devices. However, the devices used in these areas to build human-machine interface systems still cannot do without moving parts. Nevertheless, the manufacturers of such equipment are in constant search of innovative solutions, and currently their focus is on touch input devices. The article discusses recent developments made by NSI (Belgium) and Indukey (Germany) in this area.


Development
Astronautics

An old friend is better than two new ones

While implementing a long-term program for construction and operation of the International Space Station (ISS), the Aviation Equipment Research Institute JSC worked in close collaboration with PROSOFT to solve many complex engineering problems that occurred while building state-of-the-art space onboard equipment. The article focuses on the history of their cooperation that dates back to the 1990s and has turned into true friendship.


Aviation

Automation system of serial bench testing for aircraft engines

The article describes an automated system for aircraft engine bench testing designed and implemented by the Ufa Engine Industrial Association at its own plant. The distinguishing feature of the system is that its core is based on the domestic components.


Metallurgy

Ark steel melting furnace control system

The article describes the automatic power control system for an arc steel making furnace based on SIEMENS equipment. Also included are the average data on the operation of arc furnaces upon implementation of the automatic power control system.


Electric Power Industry

Wind turbines today

The article provides an overview of the design and operation of modern wind turbines. The essential element of these units is the control and diagnostic system that collects and analyzes hundreds of signals coming from various sensors. Using the SCM7B34 module as an example, the article discusses the design and advantages of Dataforth signal conditioners for use in harsh environments.


Chemical Industry

Implementation of automatic process control system at the Polyamide-6 production unit

The article describes an automated process control system for the Polyamide-6 unit. Also included is information on the architecture and characteristics of the automated process control system, the description of key functions and engineering solutions that have been implemented based on the SIMATIC PCS7 control system.