Celoxica puts econ spin on FPGA acceleration

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Forbes.com’s Business Wire is carrying a piece from Celoxica, an FPGA-based accelerated computing solutions manufacturer.

At the AMD Torrenza Initiative seminar this week, Celoxica (LSE:CXA) presented results of an oil-exploration algorithm customer benchmark, achieving 28x performance improvement on a forward wave migration algorithm. In addition, Celoxica presented a financial analysis that showed a consistent 10x return on capital invested on FPGA-enabled servers, and a 50% increase in return on investment by adding one FPGA acceleration card to each server.

What’s interesting is the financial analysis spin Celoxica is putting on their offerings, indicating that they are targeting the enterprise HPC market (the fastest growing part of the HPC market):

Typical benchmark results for FPGA co-processing have shown from a 12x to 50x performance improvement, depending on the amount of parallelism available in the customer algorithm. To augment these results, Celoxica has developed a calculator that figures accelerated computing return on investment based on hardware purchase and support costs, power savings, reduced cooling costs, reduced space requirements, and improved revenue opportunity from increased computing performance. Customers typically realize 50% higher returns by adding FPGA co-processors to their standard server configurations.