Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX), a company developing flexible and adaptive processing platforms enabling rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud, has launched Alveo – a portfolio of ‘fast’ accelerator cards designed to significantly increase performance in industry-standard servers across cloud and on-premise data centers.
With Xilinx Alveo, users may expect “breakthrough” performance improvement at low latency when running key data center applications like real-time machine learning inference as well as video processing, genomics, and data analytics, among others.
The Xilinx Alveo U200 and Alveo U250 are powered by the Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA and are available now for production orders. Like with all Xilinx technology, customers can reconfigure the hardware, enabling them to optimize for shifting workloads, new standards and updated algorithms without incurring replacement costs.
Alveo accelerator cards would deliver significant performance advantages over a broad set of applications. For machine learning, the Alveo U250 would increase real-time inference throughput “by 20X” versus high-end CPUs, and “more than 4X” for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus fixed-function accelerators like high-end GPUs. Alveo accelerator cards would reduce latency “by 3X” versus GPUs, providing a significant advantage when running real-time inference applications. And some applications like database search can be radically accelerated to deliver “more than 90X”, versus CPUs.
The launch of Alveo accelerator cards further advances Xilinx’s transformation into a platform company, enabling a growing ecosystem of application partners that can now innovate faster than ever before,” said Manish Muthal, vice president, data center, Xilinx. “We are seeing strong customer interest in Alveo accelerators and are delighted to partner with our application ecosystem to deliver production-deployable solutions based on Alveo to our customers.”
OEM and Partner Ecosystem
Xilinx Alveo is supported by an ecosystem of partners and OEMs who have developed and qualified key applications in AI/ML, video transcoding, data analytics, financial risk modeling, security, and genomics.
Fourteen ecosystem partners have developed applications for immediate deployment. These include Algo-Logic Systems Inc, Bigstream, BlackLynx Inc., CTAccel, Falcon Computing, Maxeler Technologies, Mipsology, NGCodec, Skreens, SumUp Analytics, Titan IC, Vitesse Data, VYUsync and Xelera Technologies. Additionally, top OEMs are collaborating with Xilinx to qualify multiple server SKUs with Alveo accelerator cards including Dell EMC, Fujitsu Limited and IBM with more to come.