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Date: 27-05-15

Xilinx' new SDAccel dev environment release offers 25X better performance/watt

Xilinx said its new 2015.1 release of the SDAccel development environment for OpenCL framework, C, and C++ gets you 25X better performance/watt for data center application acceleration using FPGAs. The SDAccel development environment 2015.1 release provides new ease-of-use enhancements to the Eclipse-based SDAccel IDE including new debug and profiling features to accelerate the development and deployment of OpenCL, C, and C++ kernels. The new release features SDAccel development environment Khronos standard compliance with support for a new OpenCL Installable Client Driver (ICD). Xilinx suggests with the ICD extension, multiple implementations of OpenCL can co-exist on the same system, enabling applications developers to select real-time between CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs for run time acceleration and power savings.

"Bitfusion maximizes performance of existing data center applications through a combination of hardware accelerators, unique software abstractions and libraries. While we enable 'plug and play' acceleration, we also depend heavily on the underlying vendor hardware and tools to deliver high levels of performance," said Subbu Rama, CEO of Bitfusion.io, Inc. "As users of the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs and the SDAccel development environment, we have been happy with the evolution of the environment and the great support provided by Xilinx to demonstrate OpenCL FPGA acceleration for applications in bioinformatics, scientific computing, search, computer vision, and media encoding."

Xilinx' alliance members are offering development boards, market-specific libraries, and design services which include the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale KCU105 Evaluation Kit, the Micron Pico Computing SB-850 board with support for Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC), the Alpha Data ADM-PCIE-KU3 board and the 4DSP CES820 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) compact embedded system.

New and updated Xilinx optimized libraries include OpenCV, BLAS, and machine learning deep neural network (DNN) libraries from Auviz Systems. Additionally, machine learning libraries are also available from new Alliance member, ArrayFire.

"ArrayFire is known for its 'blazing fast' software library for GPU computing. Just a few lines of code from the ArrayFire libraries replaces dozens of lines of raw code, saving valuable time and lowering development costs." said John Melonakos, CEO of ArrayFire. "We have partnered with Xilinx to leverage our domain expertise with the SDAccel development environment to now offer a machine learning library and design services for data center FPGA-based OpenCL application acceleration."

New design services members of Xilinx alliance include ArrayFire, Cluster Technology Limited, Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Instigate Design, Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), and MulticoreWare, Inc.

To learn more about the SDAccel development environment, visit www.xilinx.com/sdaccel.

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