Xilinx has introduced a powerful accelerator card, Alveo, to dramatically increase the performance of industry-standard servers in the cloud and local data centers. With Alveo, customers are expected to achieve breakthrough performance improvements with lower latency when running real-time machine learning inferences and key data center applications such as video processing, genomics, and data analysis. The Alveo U200 and Alveo U250 are powered by XILINX UltraScale+ FPGAs and are now sampling for volume production. As with all Xilinx technologies, customers can reconfigure hardware to optimize for workload migration, new standards, and updated algorithms without the cost of alternative products.
The Alveo Accelerator Card offers significant performance benefits for a wide range of applications. In terms of machine learning, the Alveo U250 infers throughput 20 times faster than high-end CPUs, and it can boost the performance of low-latency applications below 2 milliseconds by more than 4 times compared to fixed-function accelerators such as high-end GPUs. In addition, the Alveo Accelerator Card reduces latency by a factor of 3 relative to the GPU, providing significant performance benefits when running real-time inference applications. Some applications, such as database search, can be fundamentally accelerated, with performance that is more than 90 times higher than CPU.
Alveo is supported by partner and OEM ecosystems, and key applications developed and certified by OEMs include AI/ML, video transcoding, data analysis, financial risk modeling, security and genomics. Applications developed by 14 ecosystem partners are immediately available for deployment. These ecosystem partners include the following companies: Algo-Logic Systems Inc, Bigstream, BlackLynx Inc., CTAccel, FALCON Computing, Maxeler TECHNOLOGIES, Mipsology, NGCodec, Skreens, SumUp AnalyTIcs, TItan IC, VITESSE Data, VYUsync, and Xelera Technologies. In addition, top OEMs are also working with Xilinx to certify multiple server SKUs with Alveo accelerator cards, including Dell EMC, FUJITSU Limited and IBM, as well as OEMs.
Manish Muthal, Xilinx’s vice president of data centers, pointed out: “The introduction of the Alveo accelerator card further advances Xilinx’s transformation to the platform company, enabling the growing application partner ecosystem to accelerate innovation faster than ever. We We are very pleased with our customers’ interest in the Alveo Accelerator and are pleased to work with our application ecosystem to deliver a variety of productizable solutions using Alveo to our customers.”
Ravi PendekanTI, senior vice president of product management and marketing for Dell EMC Server and Infrastructure Systems, points out: “FPGA-based acceleration solutions in modern data centers are becoming more popular because programmable and reprogrammable accelerators are easy. Meeting the needs of our customers. We work with Xilinx to create industry-leading acceleration solutions that benefit customers from a range of different applications, including video content streaming, risk management and financial services.”
Masaki Taniguchi, vice president and deputy director of networking products at Fujitsu, said: “Fujitsu congratulates Xilinx on its new board-level products and solutions. With the continuous development of 5G use cases such as driverless, telemedicine and virtual reality, based on COTS The server’s vRAN application range is expected to expand significantly in the future. Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. are working with Xilinx to jointly verify the performance improvement of key software functions in 4G vRAN systems. Fujitsu is looking forward to Combine its x86 servers with Xilinx’s flexible acceleration boards to create a powerful solution.”
Keith McAuliffe, vice president and chief technology expert for HPE‘s server global business unit, noted: “The release of Xilinx’s standard accelerator products is exciting and expands the rapidly emerging technology landscape that drives the development of high-performance applications. We look forward to working with Xilin Thinking about cooperation, bringing its technology to market and helping our customers create breakthrough business value.”
Steve Sibley, vice president of IBM Cognitive Systems, noted: “IBM’s introduction of the Power Systems AC922 server demonstrates that we can provide the best platform for enterprise AI training. IBM recognizes that inference technology is a key component of a comprehensive end-to-end AI platform. POWER9’s I/O bandwidth leadership in data mobility is ideally paired with Xilinx’s new Alveo U200 accelerator card, providing companies with inference technology.”
The Xilinx Alveo U200 and U250 accelerator cards are available now, starting at $8,995 and are available for purchase today. In addition, you can choose to try Nimbix in the cloud first.