Celoxica Introduces FPGA Co-Processing Package for Hypertransport

Celoxica (LSE:CXA), a member of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, today announced availability of the first complete off-the-shelf hardware and software compiler design bundle for High-Performance Computing (HPC) using industry standard HyperTransport (HTX) slots. The HTX bundle combines an intellectual property (IP) core for HTX compliant connectivity, an FPGA-based HTX acceleration card and a comprehensive software-programming environment.

The solution, part of Celoxica’s family of Accelerated Computing products, enables customers to immediately leverage the benefits of algorithm acceleration using FPGA based co-processors and high bandwidth HyperTransport communications.

The Celoxica RCHTX acceleration card includes two Xilinx Virtex 4 FPGA devices, 24 MB of dedicated QDR SRAM, and a range of I/O. The main co-processor FPGA is a high density 16 million gate device that can be reprogrammed by the user to accelerate compute intensive algorithms. The second FPGA is configured as a bridge, containing an HTX IP core developed and licensed by Celoxica. This bridge FPGA and IP provide the HyperTransport interconnect between the FPGA co-processor and the entire host processor system and memory space.

Enabling the HTX solution, Celoxica’s DK Design Suite delivers an IDE and compiler for software programming of the FPGA co-processor. DK allows HPC programmers to use familiar software languages and legacy code in the development of hardware accelerators. Celoxica’s technology compiles high-level, C-based code directly to the user FPGA device, eliminating the need to recode complex and proprietary algorithms into a low level hardware description language. A board support package (BSP) and software API is provided for the RCHTX card to further streamline the design flow.

As demands drive datacenter growth and complexity, HPC systems (supercomputers and clustered servers) are continuously being pressed to deliver higher compute performance within power and space constrained environments. The low latency, high bandwidth interconnect provided by HyperTransport coupled with Celoxica’s software programming environment for FPGA hardware enables HPC programmers to exploit FPGAs as parallel co-processors that deliver orders of magnitude higher performance with little or no impact on existing power and floor space budgets.

“Three things have opened the door to making FPGA co-processing a reality today: the continued size and speed improvements of FPGA silicon; the availability of high-bandwidth interfaces such as HyperTransport; and, the advent of reliable compiler technology from software code directly to FPGA hardware,” said Jeff Jussel vice president of marketing and general manager of the Americas for Celoxica. “Today, customer benchmarks demonstrate that our Accelerated Computing solutions deliver massive performance/power advantages for a wide range of compute intensive applications.”

“HyperTransport technology and AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture can provide a tightly coupled co-processor expansion capability and address the communications bottleneck that has negatively impacted compute off-load to coprocessors in other solutions,” said Mike Goddard, Director, Advanced Technology Planning and Performance Labs, AMD. “Coupling this with an easy-to-use programming environment, integrated card solution, IP and advances in FPGA technology makes this a successful example of Celoxia’s valued support of AMD’s Torrenza initiative.”

Celoxica’s HyperTransport solution complements its existing Accelerated Computing products, which provide compiler and hardware interface support to enable FPGA-based co-processing for a wide range of HPC solutions. Celoxica’s RCHTX card is priced at $15,000 in single quantities and along with Celoxica compiler and HTX interface is available for immediate delivery.

About Celoxica
A leader in electronic system level design (ESL), Celoxica is enabling the next generation of advanced electronic products by producing tools, boards, IP and services that turn software into silicon. Celoxica technology raises design abstraction to the algorithm level, accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by generating semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions. Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world’s most widely used C-based behavioral design and synthesis solutions to companies developing semiconductor products in markets such as consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security. Celoxica is a publicly traded company on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CXA.

About HyperTransport Technology Consortium
The HyperTransport Technology Consortium is a membership-based, non-profit organization that manages, promotes and licenses HyperTransport Technology. The HyperTransport Consortium consists of over 40 industry-leading member companies, including founding member Advanced Micro Devices, Alliance Semiconductor, Apple, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems and Transmeta. Membership is based on a yearly fee and it is open to any company interested in licensing the royalty-free use of HyperTransport technology and intellectual property. Consortium members have full access to HyperTransport technical documents database, they may attend Consortium meetings and events and may benefit from a variety of technical and marketing services, including the new, member-driven web portal, whose business benefits are part of a wide array of services offered by the Consortium free of charge to member companies.

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