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Xilinx Steps Up with Alveo FPGA boards and Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform

Today FPGA maker Xilinx unveiled Versal, “the industry’s first adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP)”. The company also announced new Alveo FPGA cards, which the company claims can deliver “4X the performance of GPUs, 90X the performance of CPUs, plus unprecedented adaptability across workloads.” AMD, one of the Xilinx partners that is showcasing products based on the new Alveo boards, announced a server that will set a new world record for real-time AI inference processing, with a mind-boggling 30,000-images-per-second inference throughput.

Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Today Intel introduced the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The card leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. 

Radio Free HPC Looks at Hot Chips for 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest developments in processor technology coming out of the recent Hot Chips conference. “The HOT CHIPS conference typically attracts more than 500 attendees from all over the world. It provides an opportunity for chip designers, computer architects, system engineers, press and analysts, as well as attendees from national laboratories and academia to mix, mingle and see presentations on the latest technologies and products.”

Intel HPC Technology: Fueling Discovery and Insight with a Common Foundation

To remain competitive, companies, academic institutions, and government agencies must tap the data available to them to empower scientific breakthroughs and drive greater business agility. This guest post explores how Intel’s scalable and efficient HPC technology portfolio accelerates today’s diverse workloads. 

Accelize Launches App Store for FPGAs

While FPGAs have been renowned for how hard they are to program, help may be on the way. Today Acceliz launched an App Store marketplace called AccelStore for FPGA applications. Currently, the marketplace hosts accelerator functions for data compression, search-and-replace, image encoding and security running on both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and delivering performance improvements from 10x to more than 1000x compared to traditional pure software implementations. “Our customers are constantly looking for ways to boost their efficiency and improve service quality. FPGAs therefore represent a powerful tool for them,” said Nicolas Savides, VP of Strategic Partnerships at OVH. “AccelStore is an essential part of our plan for making FPGA acceleration a reality for our customers.”

AI Hardware to Support the Artificial Intelligence Software Ecosystem

Balance ratios are key to understanding the plethora of AI hardware solutions that are being developed or are soon to become available. This post from an insideHPC Special Report explores AI hardware options to support the growing artificial intelligence software ecosystem. 

1000x Faster Deep-Learning at Petascale Using Intel Xeon Phi Processors

A cumulative effort over several years to scale the training of deep-learning neural networks has resulted in the first demonstration of petascale deep-learning training performance, and further to deliver this performance when solving real science problems. The result reflects the combined efforts of NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center), Stanford and Intel to solve real world use cases rather than simply report on performance benchmarks.

FPGAs Power New Intel Programmable Acceleration Cards

Today, Intel announced a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads. “Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at China’s 95 Petaflop Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at China’s massive upgrade of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer to 95 Petaflops peak performance. “As detailed in a new 21-page report by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, the upgrade should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500.”

Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

Optalysys, a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical coprocessors, today announced the company raised 3.95 million U.S. dollars from angel investors. Optalysys will use the funds to manufacture the first commercially available high-performance computing processor based on its patented optical processing technology.