Shock and vibration, temperature, dirt and dust, and electromagnetic interference/radio-frequency interference can bring systems without proper ruggedization to its knees.
Chassis Plans has created and posted a new white paper that explains what High Performance Computing is and why it is critical for many defense, military and industrial applications.
Over the years, some aspects of designing rugged computers using COTS components have remained the same, while other areas have greatly changed. Here’s the latest on design and manufacturing of ruggedized systems for harsh environment applications, including shock and vibration, temperature, protection from dirt and dust, and EMI/RFI shielding
The HPC M5U-22 is based on a ruggedized 5U enclosure with operating specs that include altitudes to 12,000 feet, temperatures of 0 to 50 degrees Celsius, 5 to 95 percent noncondensing humidity, and resistance to vibration and shock. This system also offers a high-power redundant power supply and RAID options for additional hard drive redundancy.