Xilinx Revolutionizes the Modern Data Center with Software-Defined, Hardware Accelerated Alveo SmartNICs

  • Ful­ly com­po­sable and easy to pro­gram 100Gb/s Smart­NIC deli­vers line rate net­work func­tion offloads
  • Intro­du­ces smart world AI video ana­ly­tics solu­ti­ons that pro­vi­de deter­mi­nistic low laten­cy per­for­mance for the most deman­ding AI video applications
  • New acce­le­ra­ted algo­rith­mic tra­ding frame­work enab­les soft­ware deve­lo­pers to crea­te tra­ding solu­ti­ons that break the micro­se­cond laten­cy barrier
  • Laun­ches Xilinx App Store making it easier than ever to eva­lua­te, purcha­se and deploy acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons on Alveo™ cards, on-prem or cloud instances

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Addres­sing the deman­ds of the modern data cen­ter, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announ­ced a ran­ge of new data cen­ter pro­ducts and solu­ti­ons, inclu­ding a new fami­ly of Alveo Smart­NICssmart world AI video ana­ly­tics app­li­ca­ti­ons, an acce­le­ra­ted algo­rith­mic tra­ding refe­rence design for sub-micro­se­cond tra­ding, and the Xilinx App Store.

This press release fea­tures mul­ti­me­dia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005386/en/

Today’s most deman­ding and com­plex app­li­ca­ti­ons, from net­wor­king and AI ana­ly­tics to finan­cial tra­ding, requi­re low-laten­cy and real-time per­for­mance. Achie­ving this level of per­for­mance has been limi­ted to expen­si­ve and leng­thy hard­ware deve­lo­p­ment. With the­se new pro­ducts and solu­ti­ons, Xilinx is eli­mi­na­ting the bar­ri­ers for soft­ware deve­lo­pers to quick­ly crea­te and deploy soft­ware-defi­ned, hard­ware acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons on Alveo acce­le­ra­tor cards.

Data cen­ters are trans­forming to incre­a­se net­wor­king band­width and opti­mi­ze for workloads like arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and real-time ana­ly­tics,” said Salil Raje, exe­cu­ti­ve vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Data Cen­ter Group at Xilinx. “The­se com­plex, com­pu­te-inten­si­ve and con­stant­ly-evol­ving workloads are pushing exis­ting infra­st­ruc­tu­re to its limits and dri­ving the need for ful­ly com­po­sable, soft­ware-defi­ned hard­ware acce­le­ra­tors that pro­vi­de the adap­ta­bi­li­ty to opti­mi­ze today’s most deman­ding app­li­ca­ti­ons as well as the fle­xi­bi­li­ty to quick­ly take on new workloads and pro­to­cols, and acce­le­ra­te them at line rate.”

New Alveo SN1000 SmartNICs

The Xilinx® Alveo™ SN1000 is the industry’s first fami­ly of com­po­sable Smart­NICs offe­ring soft­ware-defi­ned hard­ware acce­le­ra­ti­on for all func­tion off­loads. SN1000 Smart­NICs direct­ly off­load CPU inten­si­ve tasks to opti­mi­ze net­wor­king per­for­mance, with an open archi­tec­tu­re that can acce­le­ra­te a broad ran­ge of net­work func­tions at line rate.

Using the Vitis™ Net­wor­king plat­form and indus­try stan­dard, high-level pro­gramming lan­guages such as P4, C, and C++, soft­ware deve­lo­pers can crea­te net­work func­tions, pro­to­cols, and app­li­ca­ti­ons that ope­ra­te in hard­ware on the Smart­NIC. Vitis Net­wor­king allows orga­niz­a­ti­ons to quick­ly and easi­ly com­po­se new, and tweak exis­ting, net­work func­tions to hand­le new pro­to­cols and app­li­ca­ti­ons without repla­cing hard­ware, future proofing investments.

SN1000 Smart­NICs pro­vi­de soft­ware-defi­ned hard­ware acce­le­ra­ti­on for a wide ran­ge of net­wor­king, secu­ri­ty, and sto­rage off­loads, such as Open vSwitch and vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on acce­le­ra­ti­on (Virtio.net). Secu­ri­ty off­loads inclu­de IPsec, kTLS and SSL/TLS and acce­le­ra­ted sto­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons inclu­ding Virtio.blk, NVMe™ over TCP, Ceph, and com­pres­si­on and cryp­to services.

Indus­try Support

  • VMware is defi­ning the hybrid cloud archi­tec­tu­re for next-genera­ti­on app­li­ca­ti­ons with heigh­te­ned secu­ri­ty requi­re­ments. Smart­NICs will play a cri­ti­cal role in the VMware Cloud Foun­da­ti­on archi­tec­tu­re by giving cus­to­mers a uni­fied manage­ment, secu­ri­ty, and resi­li­en­cy model that spans both bare metal and vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ments whe­re the com­po­sa­bi­li­ty of Xilinx Alveo SN1000 Smart­NICs will pro­vi­de a fle­xi­ble, inte­gra­ted, and qua­li­fied solu­ti­on for cus­to­mers.” — Lee Cas­well, vice pre­si­dent of mar­ke­ting, VMware Cloud Plat­form Busi­ness Unit
  • Today’s soft­ware-defi­ned data cen­ter deman­ds fle­xi­bi­li­ty and sca­la­bi­li­ty to meet the ever-chan­ging needs of cus­to­mer workloads. The inno­va­ti­ve com­po­sable off­load frame­work of the Xilinx Alveo SN1000 Smart­NIC fami­ly gives Inspur the agi­li­ty to adapt to evol­ving cus­to­mer needs by rapidly deve­lo­ping and deploy­ing cus­tom workloads.” — Ben Li, gene­ral mana­ger of Net­work Busi­ness Unit at Inspur

Based on the Xilinx 16nm UltraS­ca­le+™ archi­tec­tu­re, the SN1000 fami­ly of Smart­NICs are powe­red by the low-laten­cy Xilinx XCU26 FPGA and a 16-core Arm® pro­ces­sor. ​SN1000 Smart­NICs deli­ver dual-QSFP ports for 10/25/100Gb/s con­nec­ti­vi­ty with lea­ding small packet per­for­mance and a PCIe Gen 4 inter­con­nect. The first model in the fami­ly is the SN1022, which is offe­red in a full height, half length form fac­tor in a 75-Watt power envelope.

The Alveo SN1022 Smart­NIC will be gene­ral­ly avail­ab­le in March 2021.

Buil­ding the Smart World with New AI Video Ana­ly­tics Platform

Xilinx is laun­ching an AI video ana­ly­tics plat­form with an eco­sys­tem of part­ner solu­ti­ons built to acce­le­ra­te the most com­plex and laten­cy-sen­si­ti­ve AI video infe­ren­cing app­li­ca­ti­ons. The Xilinx smart world plat­form, powe­red by the Xilinx Video Machi­ne-lear­ning Strea­ming Ser­ver, deli­vers who­le app­li­ca­ti­on acce­le­ra­ti­on and can sup­port mul­ti­ple neural net­works on a sin­gle Alveo acce­le­ra­tor card at deter­mi­nistic sub-100ms pipe­line laten­cy. The result is the industry’s lowest TCO for deman­ding AI video ana­ly­tics applications.

Xilinx smart world eco­sys­tem solu­ti­ons avail­ab­le today, include:

  • Aupe­ra is offe­ring turn­key smart city and smart retail solu­ti­ons that com­bi­ne Aupera’s intel­li­gent, video pro­ces­sing with Alveo accelerators.
  • Mip­so­lo­gy is pro­vi­ding a tool­set for easy migra­ti­on of exis­ting AI app­li­ca­ti­ons from GPU-based archi­tec­tures to the Alveo plat­form, as well as plug-and-play, high-per­for­mance AI infe­rence acceleration.
  • DeepAI is deli­vering AI trai­ning at the edge on Alveo acce­le­ra­tors with up to a 10x per­for­mance per cost advan­ta­ge com­pa­red to GPU-based solutions.

Low-Laten­cy Elec­tro­nic Tra­ding for Everyone

Achie­ving sub-micro­se­cond laten­cy in algo­rith­mic tra­ding has tra­di­tio­nal­ly requi­red cos­t­ly and time-con­suming hard­ware deve­lo­p­ment. The Vitis deve­lo­p­ment plat­form now inclu­des an acce­le­ra­ted algo­rith­mic tra­ding (AAT) refe­rence design which gives soft­ware deve­lo­pers the abi­li­ty to quick­ly and cost-effec­tively deli­ver sub-micro­se­cond tra­ding per­for­mance without the need for cus­tom hard­ware development.

AAT, imple­men­ted on Alveo acce­le­ra­tor cards, pro­vi­des a modu­lar design that inclu­des all the necessa­ry com­pon­ents for an end-to-end, low-laten­cy tra­ding solu­ti­on. Each modu­le can be cus­to­mi­zed using C and C++ in the Vitis plat­form to meet each firm’s spe­ci­fic needs.

The AAT refe­rence design is avail­ab­le today at no cost for Alveo acce­le­ra­tor card customers.

Xilinx App Store

Xilinx has laun­ched an app store with rea­dy-to-deploy acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons span­ning smart world AI video ana­ly­tics to anti-money laun­de­ring and live video trans­co­ding. Deve­lo­ped by Xilinx eco­sys­tem part­ners, the con­tai­ne­ri­zed pre-built app­li­ca­ti­ons pro­vi­de an easy way to eva­lua­te, purcha­se and deploy acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons in minu­tes. Visit the Xilinx App Store to learn more.

Xilinx Adapt: Data Center

Xilinx will show­ca­se the­se and other acce­le­ra­ted solu­ti­ons at the Xilinx Adapt: Data Cen­ter event taking place March 24–25. Xilinx Adapt is a vir­tu­al tech­no­lo­gy seri­es high­ligh­t­ing key trends and advan­ce­ments in the data cen­ter, 5G, soft­ware & AI, auto­mo­ti­ve and Viva­do. The events pro­vi­de an oppor­tu­ni­ty for deve­lo­pers and eco­sys­tem part­ners to con­nect with Xilinx experts and indus­try lea­ders with a pro­gram of pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, forums, pro­duct trai­nings and labs.

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About Xilinx

Xilinx, Inc. deve­lo­ps high­ly fle­xi­ble and adap­ti­ve pro­ces­sing plat­forms that enab­le rapid inno­va­ti­on across a varie­ty of tech­no­lo­gies — from the cloud, to the edge, to the end­point. Xilinx is the inven­tor of the FPGA and Adap­ti­ve SoCs (inclu­ding our Adap­ti­ve Com­pu­te Acce­le­ra­ti­on Plat­form, or ACAP), desi­gned to deli­ver the most dyna­mic com­pu­ting tech­no­lo­gy in the indus­try. We col­la­bo­ra­te with our cus­to­mers to crea­te scala­b­le, dif­fe­ren­tia­ted and intel­li­gent solu­ti­ons that enab­les the adap­ta­ble, intel­li­gent and con­nec­ted world of the future. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit xilinx.com.

Source: Xilinx Newsroom

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