Intel’s hardware+software platform to ease deployment of FPGA acceleration

Intel’s hardware+software platform to ease deployment of FPGA acceleration
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Intel has announced a hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads. Intended to simplify the development of FPGA-based acceleration, the offering combines platforms, software stack and ecosystem elements; reducing data centre costs is mentioned as a key objective.
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Intel notes that complex data-intensive applications in the areas of genomics, finance, industry 4.0 and other disciplines are pushing the boundaries of data centre capabilities; FPGA-based acceleration exploits massively parallelized hardware offloading to maximize performance and power efficiency of data centres.

 

This solution abstracts the complexities of implementation to enable architects and developers to quickly develop and deploy power-efficient acceleration of a variety of applications and workloads. This consists of three major elements:

– Intel qualified FPGA acceleration platforms that operate seamlessly with Xeon CPUs

– The Acceleration Stack for Xeon CPU with FPGAs which provides industry standard frameworks, interfaces and optimized libraries

– An ecosystem of market-specific solutions

 

The first in a family of Intel Programmable Acceleration Cards, the Programmable Acceleration Card with the [formerly Altera] Arria 10 GX FPGA enabled by the acceleration stack.

This new platform approach enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Dell EMC, to offer Xeon processor-based server acceleration solutions with their own value-add.

“Dell EMC continues to be committed to delivering technology that helps our customers transform their business and IT,” said Brian Payne, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Solutions Division, Dell EMC. “With this collaboration, Dell EMC and Intel are combining a reliable platform with an emerging software ecosystem that provides a new technology capability for customers to unlock their business potential.”

 

“Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

 

The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA is sampling now and is expected to be broadly available in the first half of 2018.

 

Intel; (Product page): www.altera.com/pac / FPGA Acceleration Hub: www.intel.com/fpgaaccelerationhub

 

Other links

Supercharging Data Center Performance while Lowering TCO: Versatile Application Acceleration with FPGAs” – Blog post by John Sakamoto, vice president and general manager, Communications and Data Center division, Programmable Solutions Group. https://itpeernetwork.intel.com/data-center-application-acceleration-fpgas/

Supercharge Your Data Center Video featuring new Intel FPGA Acceleration Solutions: www.altera.com/b/fpga-acceleration-datacenter.html

 

 

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