Mercury Systems, Inc., a technology company that delivers processing power for the most demanding aerospace and defense missions, today introduced the Common Module System (CMS) X08, the industry’s first rugged, open standards-based blade server architecture to deliver a plug-n-play infrastructure model for tactical platforms operating at sea, on land, or in the air. Mercury’s solution is built around the Open Compute Project (OCP®) openEDGE standard and allows customers to eliminate vendor lock-in, simplify technology upgrades, reduce costs, and accelerate workloads.

Why It Matters

Organizations that manage tactical data centers, signal processing systems, and remotely located console controllers have historically been locked into a single hardware provider for their blade ecosystems. With this new architecture, users can mix and match modules from various vendors into a Mercury chassis, creating a system tailored to their needs.

By leveraging the openEDGE standard as a catalyst for innovation, CMS X08 accelerates the deployment and refresh of advanced server technologies. With advanced thermal and mechanical design features that deliver superior resilience to shock, vibration, and temperature extremes, CMS X08 is the only OCP-based server capable of surviving edge deployments for aerospace and defense customers.

“The ability to integrate multiple vendor modules into a single system creates a mission advantage for customers that rely on the latest compute, storage, and networking technologies to operate in harsh environments,” said Brian Perry, Mercury’s senior vice president for Mission Systems. “By leveraging the principles of Modular Open Systems Approach and maintaining compatibility with the standards set forth by the Open Compute Project, CMS X08 delivers new capability, establishes a foundation for rapid technical updates, and optimizes configurability for our customers. Embodying efficiency, scalability, and openness, CMS X08 sets new standards for integrated systems, transforming the way we empower and support our customers on their missions.”

Optimized Performance and Reliability in the most Demanding Environments. 

  • Disaggregated compute modules that can be clustered into footprints of 1U, 2U, and 3U for optimal space utilization
  • Each compute module is equipped with a 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (formerly Sapphire Rapids), capacity of up to 4 TB of DDR5-4800 ECC memory, and up to 246 TB of NVMe storage
  • Compact and powerful computing platform with 18-in. depth
  • Constructed with cutting-edge commercial off-the-shelf components such as NVIDIA H100 and A100 Tensor Core GPUs
  • Only OCP-based platform engineered to comply with MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-167-1A standards

The CMS X08 extends Mercury’s leadership in the rugged blade server market with thousands of nodes currently deployed onboard U.S. Navy and U.S. Army platforms.