A ClearSpeed three-fer

This week ClearSpeed had a series of announcements out of Dresden. I’ll try to recap them here.

The company announced

the launch of its new Advance e710 accelerator board and CSX700 processor.Thanks to enhanced features and aggressive new price-points, the Advance e710 accelerator board achieves more than twice the price/performance of its predecessor while consuming approximately 30 percent less power.
…The e710 delivers 96 GFLOPS of double precision performance, while its compact form factor occupies less than one-eighth the space and consumes one-tenth the power of the latest GPU-based alternatives. The e710’s high performance, small form-factor and low power consumption combine to provide unparalleled performance per watt, performance per square meter, and performance per dollar.

Early e710s are in use by select customers now. ClearSpeed also announced the e720 for the HP BladeSystem

… using the company’s new CSX700™ processor. The Advance e720 is a PCIe Type II mezzanine card designed specifically to fit within HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades. It combines enhanced features and aggressive pricing to achieve more than twice the price/performance of prior generations of accelerators while consuming approximately 30 percent less power.

Finally, ClearSpeed announced an accelerator appliance, the ClearSpeed Accelerated Terascale System-700 (CATS-700).

The CATS-700 provides 1.1 Teraflops of 64-bit double precision acceleration in a 500W 1U rack mount enclosure, redefining maximum compute performance and density for acceleration appliances.  The CATS-700 will be available in the second half of this year through ClearSpeed and its reseller partners.

They are also beefing up their software suite

ClearSpeed is also releasing version 3.10 of its software suite, which includes an advanced application programming interface (API) called CSPX (pronounced ‘See Specs’), and developer tools designed to ease host-card communication programming using object migration, which transparently addresses multi-card configurations.  This API provides a unique integrated visualization of a heterogeneous system data movement, using source-level debugging and profiling of both the host system and the accelerator.

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