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Mark 6

Mark 6 VLBI Data System

The Mark 6 system has been developed by Haystack Observatory as a 16 Gbps next-generation disk-based VLBI data system based on high-performance COTS hardware and open-source software.

Mark 6 system characteristics:

Mark 6 availability:

Coming in near future:

In order to preserve as much investment as possible in existing Mark 5 systems and disk modules, Haystack Observatory is collaborating with Conduant Corporation in the design of the Mark 6 chassis and modules; all software has been developed by Haystack Observatory. Existing Mark 5 SATA modules are upgradeable to Mark 6 compatibility with an upgrade kit consisting of a new module backplane with a new high-reliability power connector at the rear and a new front panel with connections for two SAS2 data cables. and front panel; Mark 6 systems use the same bare chassis as Mark 5, and existing Mark 5 chassis are upgradeable to Mark 6 compatibility by replacing all electronic components.

Prototype Mark 6 systems are routinely in use for VGOS development work using the Westford Observatory and NASA/GGAO Observatory.

Haystack Observatory also gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of the NASA/GSFC High-End Network Computing Group for consultation on high-performance COTS hardware that have greatly helped in the development of Mark 6.

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