|The Biggest Bang From the Smallest ORB
National Ignition Facility uses ORBexpress in the world's most advanced and powerful laser
Creating a miniature star on Earth: that's the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest laser. Using ORBexpress, NIF's Integrated Computer Control System (ICCS) integrates more than 60,000 control points to focus the intense energy of 192 giant laser beamlines. These lasers deliver 2 MegaJoule pulses of optical energy onto a BB-sized fusion fuel capsule in a pulse 25 nanoseconds long – fusing, or igniting, the hydrogen atoms' nuclei. The result is an energy-producing inertial confinement fusion reaction similar to the ignition of a small sun. NIF is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
To achieve this incredible result, the ICCS uses ORBexpress for communication among more than 180,000 CORBA objects in 1,500 processes across 1,000 computers. This vast network encompasses multiple server, workstation and embedded operating systems, different processors and several programming languages.
NIF's 192 giant lasers, housed in a ten-story building the size of three football fields, deliver at least 60 times more energy than any previous laser system. The NIF creates conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and giant planets and inside a nuclear weapon. Experiments conducted on NIF will make significant contributions to national and global security, could lead to practical fusion energy, and will help the nation maintain its leadership in basic science and technology.
Scientists have been working to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for more than half a century. Now that the NIF is completed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), that long-sought goal is closer to realization.
ORBexpress is used by NIF to achieve these outstanding results. When failure is not an option, or you're simply creating your own star, the world's most demanding mission-critical missions rely on ORBexpress. Read More»
|What They're Saying About OIS|
"We are especially pleased with the role ORBexpress played in helping us develop this critical communications system [MIDS JTRS].... We appreciate the quality of ORBexpress and the highly responsive engineering support we receive from OIS."
About Objective Interface Systems
OIS is the leading global provider of middleware solutions for inter-process communication for disparate systems. OIS offers ultra-low latency, real-time connectivity software development tools for use in complex and demanding environments, such as aerospace, defense, automotive, telecommunications, financial, medical, robotics, industrial automation, and consumer electronics. The ORBexpress product family is the most widely deployed communications framework for distributed and heterogeneous systems where failure is not an option.