Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and XtremeData, Inc. announced availability of the industry’s fastest FPGA/Intel® Xeon® processor-based front-side bus (FSB) module. Equipped with multiple Altera® Stratix® III FPGAs and using Intel QuickAssist Technology, the XtremeData XD2000i In-Socket Accelerator (ISA) showcases this powerful 1066 MHz coprocessing solution.
The XD2000i family offers the highest density Stratix III FPGAs in the smallest footprint available in the market. The module uses three FPGAs, one as a bridge to system resources in Intel Xeon processor-based servers, leaving the other two available to run user applications in typically found in military, financial, medical and bioscience markets.
“The fast fabric and I/O capabilities of Stratix III FPGAs are validated in this module by achieving a stable 1,066 MHz FSB speed,” said Dr. Misha Burich, Altera’s senior vice president of research and development. “Stratix III FPGAs also demonstrate the benefits of the digital signal processing architecture for algorithms with floating point data.”
XD2000i coprocessor modules substantially accelerate applications via parallelization and pipelining, while simultaneously reducing overall system power consumption and latency. In the Stratix III FPGA-based FSB module, a 4X acceleration is expected when running the Monte Carlo Black-Scholes algorithm in double-precision floating point when compared to RapidMind’s graphics processing unit (GPU) single-precision results published earlier this year for one million paths per option. The XD2000i module also enjoys power, space and memory error correction coding (ECC) advantages over current GPUs: power is sub-60W and the module can be packed densely into a blade form factor. This FPGA coprocessing solution opens up a number of new opportunities in markets where Intel-based servers are presently being used.
“For Monte Carlo applications, the XD2000i with Altera’s Stratix III EP3S260 FPGA in full double-precision floating point achieves approximately a 16X improvement, when measured on the performance/watt metric, of a high-end single-precision GPU,” said Ravi Chandran, CEO of XtremeData. “This enables hedge funds, investment banks and boutique trading houses to dramatically lower their power profile and total footprint of datacenters that focus on financial algorithms.”
The combination of an Intel Xeon 5000 series processor and a Stratix III FPGA coprocessor in the XD2000i module provides customers with the highest performance FSB accelerator available while delivering significant cost, power and space savings.
“The XD2000i module utilizing Stratix III FPGAs offers superior performance for certain algorithms on Intel-based platforms,” said Dylan Larson, director, server software and technology initiatives, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation. “The Intel QuickAssist Technology framework has enabled an innovative development environment for coprocessing solutions from companies such as Altera and XtremeData.”
Intel is enabling tightly coupled, in-socket, FPGA-based accelerators. Placing the Stratix III FPGA-based XD2000i in one of the Intel Xeon processor sockets gives the coprocessor a high-speed link to memory as well as a fast connection to the host processor, without requiring board modifications, thus providing designers with a simple hardware integration path. A new version of the XD2000i module will be available in the third quarter of this year that will work with quad socket boards to provide over 500K logic elements (LEs) and 1,536 multipliers with separate FSB processor interconnect.
The entire XD2000i family of ISAs for Intel Xeon dual-processor platforms is now shipping in production volumes. Additionally, the Intel Xeon multiprocessor versions of the XD2000i ISA family will be available in the third quarter of 2008.
XtremeData, Inc. creates hardware-accelerated database analytics appliances and is the inventor and leader in FPGA-based ISAs. The company offers many different appliances and FPGA-based ISA solutions for markets such as decision support systems, financial analytics, video transcoding, life sciences, military and wireless. Founded in 2003, XtremeData is privately held and has two established locations. Headquarters are located in Schaumburg, Illinois, and a software development location in Bangalore, India.
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