Baidu Deploys Xilinx FPGA-based Application Acceleration Services in Their Public Cloud Offering

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The Baidu FPGA Cloud Server, a new service in Baidu Cloud, features “highly efficient” Xilinx Kintex FPGAs, tools, and the software needed to develop and deploy hardware-accelerated data center applications such as machine learning and data security. 

baidu researchThe Baidu FPGA Cloud Server would provide a complete FPGA-based hardware and software development environment, including numerous hardware and software design examples to help users achieve rapid development and migration while reducing development costs.

Each FPGA instance is a dedicated acceleration platform, never shared between instances or users. The design examples cover deep learning acceleration, encryption and decryption, among others.

“FPGAs have the capability to deliver significant performance for deep learning inference, security, and other high growth data center applications,” said Liu Yang, Head of Baidu Technical Infrastructure, Co-General Manager of Baidu Cloud. “Years of research and FPGA engineering expertise at Baidu has culminated in our delivery of proven acceleration infrastructure for industry and academia.”

Xilinx is a provider of ‘All Programmable’ semiconductor products, including FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, RFSoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx FPGA-enabled servers would provide a significant performance/watt advantage compared to CPU-only servers. Because they are dynamically reconfigurable, Xilinx FPGAs can support a wide range of workloads, including machine learning, data analytics, security, and video processing.