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Mitrionics announces new SDK for its HPC-oriented FPGA solution

This week Mitrionics announced a rev to the SDK that let’s developers get at its FPGA solution to accelerate HPC apps

Mitrionics, Inc, …announced Version 2.0 of the Mitrion Software Development Kit (SDK), a free C-family parallel programming language development environment, and the Mitrion Virtual Processor (MVP). These combined offerings are focused on dramatically increasing productivity among application developers working with parallel programming of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to accelerate computing applications. The Mitrion SDK version 2.0 can be downloaded for free at www.mitrionics.com.

…The Mitrion SDK 2.0 is optimized for the most demanding applications requiring high throughput and low latency, such as genome informatics, proteomics, Internet and database search, and business process optimization challenges. Accelerated applications running on the virtual processor increase application performance by 10x to100x versus non-accelerated systems while consuming ninety percent less power.

To add a little context to this news, HPCwire reported this week that DRC Computer has been acquired by Security First

DRC has been around since 2004 and started shipping its FPGA-based reconfigurable coprocessors in 2006. The company is on its 3rd generation hardware. …The main application area for these coprocessors is HPC acceleration, where the highly parallel nature of the FPGA architecture makes it especially suitable. But because of the non-traditional programming model, which entails special development tools and languages, FPGAs never really took off in a big way in HPC. Despite that, DRC has been quietly gathering customers, and adding application expertise and software tools. In general, DRC has focused its efforts on financial services, security, Web companies and biomedical markets.

Despite that growing track record, the company ran out of money and couldn’t complete a B round of funding to keep the business going (a story which is increasingly familiar in HPC).

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