Celoxica Showcases FPGA Acceleration at Supercomputing Show

Celoxica (LSE:CXA), a leader in electronic system level design for the acceleration of embedded systems and high-performance computing, is demonstrating the acceleration of compute intensive oil exploration applications at Supercomputing 06. The real-time demonstration shows massive performance acceleration using a combination of FPGA based co-processors, high speed interconnect and Celoxica’s enabling design tools and IP.

The demonstrated algorithm performs finite difference acoustic modelling for a seismic application. Using Celoxica’s DK Design Suite, the algorithm is off-loaded from the main processor and compiled from C software code to an FPGA based parallel co-processor. The demonstration compares the performance of the algorithm on a stand-alone processor and an FPGA co-processor. In this example the Celoxica architected solution was implemented into a Xilinx Virtex 4 FPGA and achieved a 16x performance improvement on an algorithm provided by Oil industry leader Total.

“We believe that FPGA technology will allow us to achieve much greater performance levels than are possible with processor-only based systems,” said Laurent Derrien, HPC Team, Total. “Initial results have been very promising, and with our partner Celoxica, we are looking forward to continued progress in the area of accelerated computing,” said Henri Calandra, HPC Team, Total.

“This benchmark is the latest data point that shows the capabilities of modern FPGA co-processors for high-performance computing applications,” said Jeff Jussel vice president of marketing and general manager of the Americas for Celoxica. “The ability to program FPGAs from software throws open the door for application acceleration in the oil and gas industry, as well as for applications in other compute intensive industries such as Finance and the Life Sciences.”

Celoxica recently released the RCHTX card that provides the acceleration platform for FPGA-based co-processing. Celoxica provides a complete solution from software compilation, RTOS kernels for FPGA computing as well as their signature compilers that take C software applications and compile them to FPGA hardware.

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. For sales enquiries contact: Americas – sales.americas@celoxica.com; APAC – sales.apac@celoxica.com; Europe, Middle East, Africa – sales.emea@celoxica.com.

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