Xilinx Launches the World’s Fastest Data Center and AI Accelerator Cards

Deli­vering 4X per­for­mance vs GPUs, 90X vs CPUs, AND unpre­ce­den­ted adap­ta­bi­li­ty across workloads

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 2, 2018 — Xilinx Deve­lo­per Forum (XDF) – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) the lea­der in adap­ti­ve and intel­li­gent com­pu­ting, today laun­ched Alveo, a port­fo­lio of power­ful acce­le­ra­tor cards desi­gned to dra­ma­ti­cal­ly incre­a­se per­for­mance in indus­try-stan­dard ser­vers across cloud and on-pre­mi­se data cen­ters. With Alveo, cus­to­mers can 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 Alveo™ U200 and Alveo U250 are powe­red by the Xilinx® UltraS­ca­le+™ FPGA and are avail­ab­le now for pro­duc­tion orders. And like 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 deli­ver signi­fi­cant per­for­mance advan­ta­ges over a broad set of app­li­ca­ti­ons. For machi­ne lear­ning, the Alveo U250 incre­a­ses 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*. Moreo­ver, Alveo acce­le­ra­tor cards 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.***

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. They are 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.

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 Quo­tes

FPGA-based acce­le­ra­ti­on solu­ti­ons in modern data cen­ters are gai­ning popu­la­ri­ty as acce­le­ra­tors that can be pro­gram­med and repro­gram­med easi­ly as users see fit,” said Ravi Pen­de­kan­ti, seni­or vice pre­si­dent, pro­duct manage­ment and mar­ke­ting, Dell EMC Ser­vers & Infra­st­ruc­tu­re Sys­tems. “Our col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Xilinx to crea­te best-in-class acce­le­ra­ti­on solu­ti­ons will bene­fit cus­to­mers in a ran­ge of app­li­ca­ti­ons from video con­tent strea­ming to risk manage­ment and finan­cial services.”

Fuji­tsu congra­tu­la­tes Xilinx on the announ­ce­ment of its new board level pro­ducts and solu­ti­ons. With 5G use cases for app­li­ca­ti­ons such as auto­no­mous dri­ving, tele­me­di­ci­ne, and vir­tu­al rea­li­ty, the ran­ge of vRAN app­li­ca­ti­ons based on the COTS ser­vers is expec­ted to expand con­si­der­ab­ly in the future,” said Mr. Masa­ki Tani­gu­chi, vice pre­si­dent, depu­ty head of Net­work Pro­ducts, Fuji­tsu Limi­ted. “Fuji­tsu Limi­ted and Fuji­tsu Labo­ra­to­ries Ltd. have been col­la­bo­ra­ting with Xilinx to joint­ly vali­da­te 3X per­for­mance on cri­ti­cal soft­ware func­tions in the 4G vRAN sys­tem. Fuji­tsu loo­ks for­ward to crea­ting power­ful solu­ti­ons by com­bi­ning its x86 ser­vers and Xilinx adap­ta­ble acce­le­ra­ti­on boards.”

The launch of Xilinx’s stan­dard acce­le­ra­ti­on board pro­ducts is an exci­ting addi­ti­on to a rapidly emer­ging tech­no­lo­gy are­na focu­sed on fue­ling per­for­mance-hungry app­li­ca­ti­ons,” said Keith McAu­lif­fe, Vice Pre­si­dent and Chief Tech­no­lo­gist, Ser­vers Glo­bal Busi­ness Unit, HPE. “We look for­ward to col­la­bo­ra­ting with Xilinx to bring their tech­no­lo­gy to mar­ket and enab­le our cus­to­mers to crea­te bre­akthrough busi­ness value.”

With the IBM Power Sys­tems AC922 ser­ver, IBM has alrea­dy demons­tra­ted that we have the best plat­form for enter­pri­se AI trai­ning,” said Ste­ve Sibley, vice pre­si­dent of IBM Cogni­ti­ve Sys­tems. “IBM sees infe­rence as a key com­po­nent of a com­ple­te, end-to-end AI plat­form, and POWER9’s lea­ders­hip I/O band­width for data move­ment makes it an ide­al pai­ring with Xilinx’s new Alveo U200 acce­le­ra­tor card to bring infe­rence to the enterprise.”

Xilinx® Alveo™ U200 and U250 acce­le­ra­tor cards are avail­ab­le today star­ting at $8,995 (USD) and can be purcha­sed today. Alter­na­tively, you can try it out first in the Nim­bix cloud.

More details on Alveo and the full spec she­ets are avail­ab­le on our web­site. The latest list of Alveo app­li­ca­ti­on deve­lo­pers is avail­ab­le on the app­li­ca­ti­on direc­to­ry. For more infor­ma­ti­on on Xilinx and its bre­akthrough tech­no­lo­gies, plea­se visit www.xilinx.com. Fol­low us on Twit­ter, Lin­kedIn, and Facebook.

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*20x run­ning Goog­Le­Net V1, Batch=1 | Alveo U250 vs Intel Xeon Pla­ti­num Sky­la­ke CPU (c5.18xlarge instance; 4x run­ning Goog­Le­Net V1, Batch=1 | Alveo U250 vs Nvi­dia V100 GPU

**3x run­ning CNN+BLSTM speech-to-text laten­cy | Alveo U250 or U200 + Intel Xeon CPU E5-2686 v4 vs Nvi­dia P4 + Xeon CPU E5-2690 v4

***90x run­ning RYFT Elastic­se­arch | Alveo vs EC2 C4.8xlarge instance

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