Celoxica Quantifies FPGA Benefits at AMD Torrenza Initiative Seminar

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.

Celoxica’s accelerated computing solution consists of an FPGA acceleration board, algorithm acceleration libraries, and a communication interconnect kernel based on the high bandwidth, low latency HyperTransport(TM) technology standard. Celoxica enables FPGA co-processing with their proven programming compiler which allows applications to be accelerated by software developers using a familiar “C” language design flow.

Celoxica delivers an integrated accelerated computing solution, including programming support to enable customers to use a software flow to accelerate their applications. 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.

“Celoxica has delivered proven performance and power advantages of accelerated computing for customers in industries such as oil exploration, financial analysis and life sciences,” said Jeff Jussel vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Celoxica. “As we add another data point to our list of successes, we are now able to quantify the financial advantages of our FPGA co-processing solution.”

“HyperTransport technology and AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture can provide a tightly coupled co-processor expansion capability that enables the benchmark results and significant customer returns seen by FPGA-based acceleration,” said Mike Goddard, senior director, Advanced Technology Planning and Performance Labs, AMD (NYSE:AMD). “Celoxica’s integrated acceleration hardware and easy-to-use software programming interface continue to produce successful examples of the value of AMD’s Torrenza initiative.”

The Celoxica accelerated computing solutions include the RCHTX acceleration card, and the DK5 software to FPGA compiler. Already being used by computing server customers, these products combine to simplify FPGA co-processing and give software programmers the ability to accelerate their applications and achieve excellent return on investment.

About Celoxica
A provider of electronic system level design (ESL) for the embedded design and accelerated computing markets, Celoxica is a leader in providing compilation tools that enable software programming for reconfigurable (FPGA) silicon devices. Celoxica tools are being used to produce the next generation of advanced electronic products in consumer, defense and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security applications. Integrating these tools with FPGA co-processing hardware, Celoxica is setting new benchmark standards for accelerated computing for cluster/server applications in the oil exploration, financial analysis and life sciences industries. Celoxica is a publicly traded company on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CXA.

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