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In October of 1997, a year-long collaborative project was started between Hitachi Europe Limited (HEL) and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh. This project had the goal of producing an environment whereby Java programs may be executed on the Hitachi SR2201 distributed memory multi-processor machine. The two key… (More)
The x-ray streak camera and x-ray framing camera for the National Ignition Facility were redesigned to improve electromagnetic pulse hardening, protect high voltage circuits from pressure transients, and maximize the use of common parts and operational software. Both instruments use the same PC104 based controller, interface, power supply, charge coupled… (More)
Java has many attractions for users of high performance computing facilities, even in traditional scientific fields. This paper examines the potential offered by Java for such applications. We review the hardware and system software requirements for supporting the Java environment, with emphasis on exploiting commodity components. Further to this, we… (More)
Laser systems deployed in Inertial Fusion Energy power plants will usher in space qualified laser engineering and materials on a massive scale. Understanding subsystem efficiencies and component Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) are critical for success.