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One Stop Systems HDCA Supports 16 Nallatech 510T Accelerator Cards


This week at SC15, One Stop Systems featured the first PCIe 3.0 expansion appliance to support up to sixteen Nallatech 510T accelerator cards. The preconfigured appliance is targeted for data centers operating HPC applications, providing the user with a complete appliance that solves many integration issues, provides enhanced performance, and allows for scalable flexibility. The user simply attaches the HDCA to up to four servers and has thousands of additional compute cores readily available. Each connection operates at PCIe x16 3.0 with speeds of up to 128Gb/s.

Radio Free HPC Reports Live from SC15


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin. Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor. Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. And Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.

IBM and Xilinx Team to Accelerate Datacenter Applications


Today IBM and Xilinx announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization (NFV), genomics, high performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics.

TACC to Provide Onramp for Project Catapult Reconfigurable Fabric Platform

Catapult board with Altera FPGA

Today TACC announced it will enable users to take advantage of the capabilities of Microsoft’s Project Catapult reconfigurable fabric platform. Project Catapult is expected to improve the speed and efficiency of science and engineering calculations using conventional cluster nodes augmented with field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs.

Nallatech Rolls Out 510T FPGA Accelerator


Today Nallatech announced the 510T FPGA co-processor. Designed to deliver ultimate performance per watt for compute-intensive datacenter applications, the 510T is a GPU-sized 16-lane PCIe 3.0 card featuring two of Altera’s new floating-point enabled Arria 10 FPGAs delivering up to sixteen times the performance of the previous generation. According to Nallatech, applications can achieve a total sustained performance of up to 3 TFlops.

Why Hardware is Leaving Software Behind


In the first report from last week’s PRACEdays15 conference in Dublin, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World considers why so much Exascale software will be open source and why engineers are not using parallel programs.

Intel to Purchase Altera for $16.7 Billion


Intel announced plans to buy Altera, a maker of programmable logic semiconductors, for $16.7 billion, strengthening its presence in the datacenter market.

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


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.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Recent Trends of Chipmaker Consolidation


In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting industry developments from the past week. Samsung is reportedly looking at buying AMD, Intel may acquire Altera, and Micron has snapped up Convey Computer.

How OpenCL Could Open the Gates for FPGAs


“The silver bullet in HLS is the ability to take a sequential description that has been written in C and then find this parallelism, the concurrencies, without the user having to think. That was a necessary technology before we could do anything. It has been adopted by thousands of users already as a standalone technology, but what we do is embed that technology inside OpenCL compilers so that now it can be utilised in full software mode and it is fully compatible with OpenCL.”