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Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

Saturn 1 Server in HP Moonshot Form Factor

Saturn 1 Server in HP Moonshot Form Factor

In this slidecast, David Eaton and Mark Tellez from SRC Computer describe the company’s new Saturn 1 server, a dynamically reconfigurable modular system for hyperscale data centers and Web operations.

Existing microprocessor architectures cannot keep up with the demands of hyperscale and cloud computing,” said Jon Huppenthal, SRC Computers President and CEO. “Software developers use every trick in the book to squeeze performance out of hyperscale applications but they cannot overcome the limitations of multi-purpose processor designs. The Saturn 1 Server changes the limits of traditional microprocessor architecture and lets programmers use the code they already have on a radically different architecture.”

The Saturn 1 Server achieves dramatic performance and efficiency improvements by eliminating the unnecessary baggage of traditional microprocessor designs. Latency is minimized because the Saturn 1 Server is an autonomous server and not a PCI accelerator card. The SRC compiler, Carte, converts the developer’s code to a silicon design that can be changed on a subroutine by subroutine basis.

In this video, SRC describes how its Saturn 1 technology can provide “100x performance using just 1% of the energy of traditional microprocessor-based systems.”

One of the most notable features of Saturn 1 is its ability to dynamically reconfigurable in less than 1 second. So companies that have peak workloads during daylight hours may want SRC servers to behave one way during the day, and then switch physical gates at night to an entirely different configuration.

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