Nallatech has partnered with Dell and Altera (now part of Intel) to develop a new FPGA Accelerated Compute Node. Nallatech’s goal is to provide the processing power plus FPGA and memory resources to provide FPGA accelerated computing within a dense form factor for datacenter scalability. The node also features system, power and thermal management.
It seems that Nallatech’s main selling points for the node are scalability, system management, application support and design services, all in one comprehensive solution. Scalability ranges from as small as a node, to a rack in the mid range, up to a datacenter. Management of FPGA Accelerator nodes is handled via the Nallatech Management Library (NML) through a USB-based control panel. IT professionals may use NML to monitor ambient and FPGA temperature, overall power consumption and power supply status. Nallatech also offers OpenCL optimization and full application ports from software to FPGA.
The FPGA Accelerated Compute Node will feature a high-density 1U rack server optimized for energy-efficient FPGA acceleration. The nodes will contain four of Nallatech’s 510T acceleration cards. Each 510T contains two of Altera’s Arria 10 GX FPGAs, delivering up to 2.8 teraflops. The 510Ts also deliver up to 290 GB/s of peak aggregate memory bandwidth, with 32 GB and 85 GB/s peak DDR4 memory bandwidth per FPGA, and 30 GB/s peak read and write bandwidth per FPGA on HMC memory. The server will offer up to two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 family processors, 16 DDR4 DIMM slots for up to 256 GB of memory and two 1.8-inch SSD boot drives. There are optional data drive trays for four 2.5-inch SAS/SATA drive with SAS drives offering up to 12 GBps, and the SATA cards offering up to 6 GBps. The rack is 4.31 x 43.93 x 88.58 cm (HxWxD).
The Nallatech FPGA Accelerated Compute Node is available for order now.
Update, 3/9/16, 2:30 PT: Updated availability information.
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