Computer Core

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The computer core is the main component of any ship or star bases computer system. There are at least two computer cores in each system with some larger ships and star bases housing three or more cores. Under normal conditions the cores work in tandem to handle ship operations and in the event, that one or more of the computer cores is damaged the remaining core is capable of taking on primary ship operations in event of such a situation. Secondary functions such as holodeck operations may be suspended depending on the situation and total amount of computer use. The cores themselves are composed of three components the main core, the subspace field generators, and the Micron Junction Links (MJL).

Diagram of a computer core

Main Core:

The main computer core is a facility composed of several levels where each level takes up one deck level. The main core is broken into two components. The core elements that provide the data processing ability for the core, and the core memory.

Core elements are based on FTL nanoprocesor units arraigned into optical translator clusters of 1,024 segments housed on a chromopolymer sheet. These clusters are then grouped in processing modules composed of 256 segments controlled by a bank of sixteen isolinear chips. Each level of the computer core is composed of four modules.

The memory for the computer core is provided by modules of 144 isolinear optical storage chips. The total storage capacity of each module is 630,000 kiloquads.


MJL Junction:

The MLJ links act as a connect point between the internal optical data cables and the ODN network bridging the subspace boundary layer. When data is transmitted through the MLJ there is a 12 percent Doppler loss in transmission rate across the boundary, but the increase processing speed from the FTL core elements more than compensates for this loss.

The MLJ can operate in three different modes. The main operating mode of the MLJ sees the junction handling data flow into and out of the core. In the second mode, the MLJ is dedicated to data exiting the core and in the third mode the junction is dedicated to data flowing into the core. The operating modes of the MLJ is chosen by the LCARS control software depending on data traffic in and out of the core.


Subspace Field Generators:

Each core incorporates a series of miniature subspace field generators that generate a symmetrical and therefore non-propulsive subspace field of 3350 millicochrane within the Faster than light core elements.

The generators pull power directly from the EPS conduit through dedicated EPS taps. The plasma is directed from the EPS taps into a plasma control manifold. The manifold utilizes magnetic shutter valves to control the flow of the plasma into one of the four coils of verterium cortenide. These coils are like the larger versions housed within the warp nacelle except they lack the Tungsten-Cobalt-Magnesium inner core. The verterium cortenide is energized by the plasma the quantum packets of subspace field energy with in the verterium cortenide and is then emitted in a symmetrical (non-propulsive) warp field that envelops the computer core.