Concurrent's iHawk Systems Control Australian Synchrotron Project

3/25/2005 - Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: CCUR), a leading provider of integrated computer solutions for mission-critical applications, announced that its Australian subsidiary has delivered the first of multiple iHawkTM systems to Major Projects Victoria for the Australian Synchrotron Project (ASP). iHawk, powered by Concurrent’s RedHawkTM real-time Linux®, was selected for its highly deterministic response and high performance capabilities to respond to ASP’s data acquisition and I/O control (IOC) system requirements. These high performance and distributed IOCs will provide the foundation control system for the synchrotron light beam storage ring.

A synchrotron is a powerful machine (about the size of a football field), which uses beams of light a million times brighter than sunlight to probe the physical structure of materials down to the level of atoms and molecules. Synchrotrons are essential tools for research and development in many industries, including: biotechnology and drug design; advanced manufacturing; and medical research and diagnosis; as well as meeting requirements for the Australian Defence Force to extend the life of engine components and provide improved ceramic coatings in military jet engines. The Australian synchrotron will act as an essential new tool for groundbreaking scientific and industrial research.

After an extensive review and selection process, Concurrent was chosen as the preferred supplier due to the company’s ability to fully comply with all aspects of the strict commercial requirements and detailed technical specification, while meeting the budgetary requirements, as a condition of the evaluation criteria.

The main application control software specified by the ASP is the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS), which is an open-source set of software tools, libraries and applications developed collaboratively by scientific organizations around the world and used to create distributed real-time control systems for scientific instruments such as particle accelerators, telescopes and other large scientific equipment.

Concurrent’s RedHawk real-time Linux operating system is a key component to the solution. Concurrent has successfully ported the EPICS IOC software to make use of RedHawk’s facilities, which has improved the performance of the core EPICS components. Concurrent’s Special Systems Group was able to meet the exact technical requirements using industry best-in-class, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, complemented by enhanced Linux drivers for all proposed I/O boards, to ensure reliable real-time performance. Concurrent will also provide custom EPICS drivers and support for all I/O.

“Deterministic response time and high precision control is pivotal to the operation of the Australian synchrotron,” said Richard Farnsworth, Lead Control Systems Engineer for the ASP. “Concurrent’s commitment to high performance, mission-critical solutions is evidenced by the company’s history of real-time application successes, and its RedHawk Linux platform clearly demonstrated the ability to meet and exceed the strict technical standards required by the operation.”

“The Australian synchrotron project represents enormous potential for innovative advancements in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, environmental sciences and advanced manufacturing for researchers and the creation of a leading national science facility in Melbourne, Victoria.” said Warren Neuburger, Concurrent Chief Operating Officer. “Concurrent’s RedHawk Linux delivers deterministic response time that customers around the globe trust and depend on, and we are proud that Major Projects Victoria has chosen Concurrent to play a key role in this milestone science infrastructure project.”

The Australian Synchrotron is scheduled to open in 2007.

Concurrent’s RedHawk Real-Time Linux
Concurrent’s RedHawk Linux is an industry-standard, POSIX-compliant, real-time version of the open source Linux operating system. RedHawk Linux, compatible with the popular Red Hat® Linux distribution, provides high I/O throughput, guaranteed fast response to external events, and optimized interprocess communication. RedHawk is an ideal Linux environment for the complex real-time applications found in simulation, data acquisition, and industrial systems control. RedHawk Linux user-level commands, utilities and system administration are standard Red Hat. RedHawk achieves real-time performance by replacing the Red Hat kernel with a multithreaded, fully-preemptable kernel with low-latency enhancements. RedHawk's true symmetric multiprocessing support includes load-balancing and CPU shielding to maximize determinism and real-time performance in mission-critical solutions.

About The Australian Synchrotron Project
The State Government of Victoria in Australia has taken the initiative to construct Australia’s first Synchrotron Project, located at Clayton, Melbourne. The synchrotron will have a 25-year operational life and is scheduled to open in March 2007. Major Projects Victoria has been tasked by the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure (DOI) under the provisions of the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994, to build the Synchrotron on behalf of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development. The Victorian Government has committed $157.2 million to the project. For more information, go to

About Concurrent
Since 1966, Concurrent (, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, has been a premier provider of solutions that fulfill real-time expectations for commercial and government markets. The company’s high performance computing solutions and software are utilized in strategic market areas that include hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation, process control, and data acquisition. Concurrent is also a recognized leader in the digital cable market, with video-on-demand systems deployed worldwide by major broadband operators. Its proven technology is based on open standards and provides a flexible, comprehensive and robust solution for HFC, DSL, and IP-based networks. Concurrent has nearly four decades of experience in high-performance, on-demand, mission-critical solutions and provides its best of breed solutions through offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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