In a nuclear power plant, DEC Alpha computers play a major role in the key monitoring system, Power Plant Control Robust System (PPCRS). As the eyes of the nuclear power plant, PPCRS collects data from all subsystems and displays the information in a graphical format for system administration. The entire power plant operation is managed accordingly. But it had been running for 20 years and as with any aging technology, the reliability of the platform was a growing concern for the mission-critical system.
DEC Alpha computers still play a major role in the key monitoring system of critical utilities around the globe. For one nuclear power plant operation, the reliability of infrastructure is critical with no margin for error. Although the applications running on these systems had a stellar track record, the aging hardware and availability of replacement parts, created a growing concern. Charon-AXP provided the solution.