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Date: 09-06-15

FPGA in data center: Presentation at OpenPOWER Foundation China Summit

FPGA use in data center is a hot topic after Intel deciding to acquire Altera. FPGA is process accelerator in applications such as big data, cloud computing, Hadoop, artificial intelligence and bioinformatics. At the OpenPOWER Foundation China Summit scheduled on June 10, 2015 in Beijing, China, Technologists from Xilinx are Participating.

Lifeng Wang, Wired System Architect at Xilinx is presenting on the subject titled "A Study of Key Workloads for High Efficiency Compute with POWER8 CAPI and Xilinx FPGA Accelerators". IBM POWER8 CPUs combined with Xilinx FPGA accelerators are said to provide higher compute efficiency, lower power utilization and total cost of ownership for critical workloads in data centers and HPC. This presentation features the UC Berkeley ParLab Roofline Model and highlights the superior performance of the Power8 CAPI interface and Xilinx FPGAs compared to architectural alternatives, stated Xilinx.

Xilinx said it is also showcasing a Key Value Store (KVS) application acceleration demo leveraging the Alpha Data ADM-PCIE-7V3 board integrated within an Open POWER system utilizing state-of-the-art Spirent test equipment. OpenPOWER's coherent accelerator processor interface (CAPI) enables the solution to scale to 60Gbps throughput and two TeraBytes of storage whereby the FPGA acceleration ensures 36x improved performance/watt at 10x-100x lower latency versus a software-only implementation, claims Xilinx.

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