The Mercury RIP Architecture is a scalability framework for the Adobe PDF Print Engine. It was designed to drive any digital press at its rated speed, especially when running high-volume personalized print jobs. Mercury maximizes overall performance by taking full advantage of available hardware resources. It manages and coordinates multiple instances of the Adobe PDF Print Engine operating in tandem within a single system, or across a network – a “RIP cluster” or “RIP farm”.
The Mercury RIP Architecture goes beyond scalability. It incorporates a comprehensive set of functionality to optimize high-performance rendering of complex design elements in variable data jobs. This includes a distributed (multi-tier) cache, which enables recurring job elements to be quickly located and retrieved from the closest available source. Processing of jobs, pages and complete signatures occurs in parallel, and can be load balanced, ensuring that no CPUs are idle while files are waiting to be rendered. For example, Mercury can be configured to dynamically allocate some CPUs to a rush job, while other CPUs continue to process the prior job.
The Mercury RIP Architecture is the product of Adobe’s continuing research and investment in the Adobe PDF Print Engine. It can easily scale to drive the fastest digital presses in the market today . . . and tomorrow.
For more information on Mercury, including performance test results, please download the IDC White Paper here .
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