Mercury RIP Architecture


The Mercury RIP Architecture is a parallel processing framework for dynamically managing multiple instances of the Adobe PDF Print Engine, working in tandem across multiple processor cores. For a given hardware platform, a Mercury-certified system maximizes efficiency, ensuring optimal usage of the available resources. Processing of jobs, pages and complete signatures occurs in parallel, and can be load balanced, ensuring that no CPUs are idle while jobs are waiting to be rendered. 
Since the launch of APPE 3, the following digital production solutions have been certified on the Mercury RIP Architecture:
· Canon VarioPrint i300 & ImagePRESS C7011VPS (Océ PRISMAsync)
· Canon ImagePress Server B5000 (EFI Fiery)
· iGen 4 Xerox EX-P5 Print Server (EFI Fiery)
· Screen TruePress Jet 520HD (EQUIOS)
· Xeikon X-800
· Fujifilm JetPress 520W and 720F (XMF) 
With the launch of Adobe PDF Print Engine 4, the Mercury RIP Architecture has been expanded to include Tile Parallel Processing (TPP). TPP brings the efficiencies of the Mercury RIP Architecture to wide format printing. TPP accelerates system performance by breaking up large assets, like a poster, retail sign or architectural drawing, into smaller sections, each of which is assigned to a separate instance of APPE, running on a separate CPU core. By processing multiple tiles in parallel, and then seamlessly re-assembling them, TPP significantly reduces overall rendering time for a broad array of job types. 

The Mercury RIP Architecture is the result 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.