4.1 Computer Core
The Prometheus was outfitted with a state of the art, custom, computer system programmed with the most up to date LCARS computer software and computer database. The computer system is formally known as the M16a tri-core bio-neural gel pack isolinear III processor. The M16a tri-core bio-neural gel pack isolinear III processor is a variant on the standard mark sixteen multi-tronic computer equipped with third generation Isolinear circutry and bio-neural gel packs. The differences between a M16 bio-neural gel pack isolinear III processor and a M16a tri-core bio-neural gel pack isolinear III processor are the addition of a third computer core, as compared to the standard two, to assist in coordinating the second docking system and speed up communications while the ship is in multi-vector assault mode, and the use of second generation bio-neural gel packs which contain one point five times the synthetic neurons as standard gel packs resulting in a fifty percent increase in data transmission and processing.
In addition to the main computer system the Prometheus is equipped with two secondary cores which are brought on-line during the Multi-Vector Assault Mode and take over the main computer functions for those sections for the duration of the separation.
Number of computer cores: Three. The primary computer core is accessed in the control room on Deck 5 in amidships for maximum protection. It covers five decks and extends from Deck 2 to Deck 5. The Auxiliary core is located on Deck 10 and extends down to Deck 12, covering three decks. It is fed by two sets of redundant EPS conduits as well as primary power.
Type: The M16a series computer core is built under contract for the Prometheus class vessel by Krayne Systems, an independent contractor based on Bynar. The structure of the computer is similar to that of most other supercomputing systems in use by Federation vessels with stack segments extending through the ship forming trillions of trillions of connections through the processing and storage abilities of modern isolinear chips. Cooling of the isolinear loop is accomplished by a regenerative liquid helium loop, which has been refit to allow a delayed-venting heat storage unit for "Silent Running.” For missions, requirements on the computer core rarely exceed 45-50% of total core processing and storage capacity. The rest of the core is utilized for various scientific, tactical, or intelligence gathering missions - or to backup data in the event of a damaged core.
*Bio-Neural Gel Packs:** Referred to typically as BNGs, Bio-Neural Gel Packs are a new innovation in shipboard data processing and routing. Mounted at strategic locations along the ODN pathways, each BNG consists of an artificial bio-fluid that allows transmission of neural signals. The heart of the BNG is a packet of neural clusters, grown copies of strands similar to those found in the brains of sentient beings. These clusters give the ship’s computer ‘instinctive’ data processing and routing ability as well as allowing the ship’s computer to utilize ‘fuzzy logic’ to speed up probability calculations much as a living, breathing entity would.
Though a breakthrough in shipboard technology, the BNG has shown one liability in that the biological components can contract contagions and make the ship ‘sick’.
Acronym for Library Computer Access and Retrieval System, the common user interface of 24th century computer systems, based on verbal and graphically enhanced keyboard/display input and output. The graphical interface adapts to the task, which is supposed to be performed, allowing for maximum ease-of-use. The Prometheus class operates on LCARS build version 5.0a (See Holographic Interfacing) to account for increases in processor speed and power, limitations discovered in the field in earlier versions, and increased security.
4.3 Holographic Interfacing
In addition to upgrades in LCARS technology, the Prometheus class design incorporated holographic emitters on all decks and all sections of the starship. EMH and ECH programming were integrated as well as customizable holographic interfaces for each ship board department. To take full advantage of the emitter arrays scattered throughout the ship interface avatars are accessable through upgrade and individual programming.
Holographic Communications System
The Prometheus is outfitted with a mark two Holographic Communications System (a.k.a. Mark II Holo-Communicator) which, like the Mark I, allows officers onboard holo-communicator equipped vessels to converse as if in the same room by sending holograms of each other courtesy of installed holo-projectors. Unlike the Mark I holo-communicator the Mark II holo-communicator is equipped with a Holofilter and was also capable of projecting multiple holograms thereby allowing a conference mode. Both incarnations of the holo-communicator are very robust and are able to easily resist the effects of a cascade virus. The holo-communications system of the Prometheus, unlike other vessels holo-communicators, is integrated into holo-emitters on the bridge and rest of Deck One thereby alowing the a hologram to be projected anywhere on deck one versus only in the projection circle of the Mark One Holo-Communicator.Holographic Communications System
The Prometheus is outfitted with a mark two Holographic Communications System (a.k.a. Mark II Holo-Communicator) which, like the Mark I, allows officers onboard holo-communicator equipped vessels to converse as if in the same room by sending holograms of each other courtesy of installed holo-projectors. Unlike the Mark I holo-communicator the Mark II holo-communicator is equipped with a Holofilter and was also capable of projecting multiple holograms thereby allowing a conference mode. Both incarnations of the holo-communicator are very robust and are able to easily resist the effects of a cascade virus. The holo-communications system of the Prometheus, unlike other vessels holo-communicators, is integrated into holo-emitters on the bridge and rest of Deck One thereby alowing the a hologram to be projected anywhere on deck one versus only in the projection circle of the Mark One Holo-Communicator.
Emergency Medical Hologram
The Prometheus had been outfitted with the prototype of the Mark II EMH at the time of her hijacking by Romulans in 2374. By 2378the Mark II had been succeeded by the Mark III and Mark IV EMHs. With the installation of each EMH the Prometheus' EMH back-up module for the previous version of the program was removed, placed in storage for eventual transfer to the Starfleet Corp of Engineers, and replaced with the back-up module for the present version of the program. Providing the communications links between the three sections of the ship are fully functional the EMH can be transfered between the sections if necessary, however this procedure is not recommended as the EMH can be permanently lost if the communications are disrupted during the transmission.
Emergency Command Hologram
By Stardate 56201 the Prometheus had been outfitted with the prototype of Starfleet's Mark I Emergency Command Hologram which was based on the ECH extension that was added to the starship Voyager 's Mark I EMH. When installed protocols were established for the chain of command regarding the ECH which stated the ECH was merely an command advisor and could only assume command of the ship if all members of the senior staff were incapacitated. However the ECH command protocol did state that the ECH could be given temporary command (i.e. as in while the Captain was off the bridge or command of bridge for a night shift) of the bridge like any other officer.
4.4 Security Levels
Access to all Starfleet data is highly regulated. A standard set of access levels have been programmed into the computer cores of all ships in order to stop any undesired access to confidential data.
Security levels are also variable, and task-specific. Certain areas of the ship are restricted to unauthorized personnel, regardless of security level. Security levels can also be raised, lowered, or revoked by Command personnel.
Security levels in use aboard the Prometheus class are:
Level 10 – Captain and Above
Level 9 – First Officer
Level 8 - Commander
Level 7 – Lt. Commander
Level 6 – Lieutenant
Level 5 – Lt. Junior Grade
Level 4 - Ensign
Level 3 – Non-Commissioned Crew
Level 2 – Civilian Personnel
Level 1 – Open Access (Read Only)
Note: Security Levels beyond current rank can and are bestowed where, when and to whom they are necessary.
The main computer grants access based on a battery of checks to the individual user, including face and voice recognition in conjunction with a vocal code as an added level of security.
4.5 Universal Translator
All Starfleet vessels make use of a computer program called a Universal Translator that is employed for communication among persons who speak different languages. It performs a pattern analysis of an unknown language based on a variety of criteria to create a translation matrix. The translator is built in the Starfleet badge and small receivers are implanted in the ear canal.
The Universal Translator matrix aboard Prometheus class starships consists of well over 100,000 languages and increases with every new encounter.