1 Jul 2015 Camarillo - Nallatech, a supplier of high-performance FPGA solutions, has introduced the 510T - an FPGA co-processor designed to deliver ultimate performance per watt for compute-intensive data centre applications. The 510T is a GPU-sized 16-lane PCIe 3.0 card featuring two of Altera's new floating-point enabled Arria 10 FPGAs delivering up to sixteen times the performance of the previous generation. Applications can achieve a total sustained performance of up to 3 TFlops.
Deliverables include an optimized Board Support Package compatible with the Altera Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL. This allows the card to be programmed at a high level of abstraction by customers unfamiliar with hardware-based tool flows historically required for FPGAs.
The 510T is available with an unprecedented 290GByte/sec of peak external memory bandwidth configured as eight independent banks of DDR4 plus an ultra-fast Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). This combination, plus the FPGA's on-chip memory bandwidth of 14.4TBytes/sec, permits dramatic new levels of performance per watt for memory-bound applications.
"Until now, FPGA accelerators have typically been deployed as network-attached add-on cards at the periphery of the datacenter tasked with real-time streaming functions such as compression, encryption and filtering", stated Allan Cantle, President and Founder of Nallatech. "The 510T pushes the FPGA into the heart of the data centre as a pure co-processor, providing customers with an OpenCL-programmable accelerator in a GPU-form factor, but using only a fraction of the power. This allows customers to increase performance while reducing OPEX."
"We're delighted to see Nallatech further the adoption of FPGA-based computing with the introduction of the Arria 10-based 510T", stated Mike Strickland, Director of Strategic Marketing at Altera. "The 510T accelerator card, used in conjunction with Altera's OpenCL SDK, raises the bar to a new level of application performance and delivers an energy-efficient alternative to GPUs."
510T cards are scheduled to begin shipping in late Q3 2015. Customers can purchase cards individually or as integrated servers pre-loaded with tools including the Altera OpenCL SDK and Nallatech Board Support Packages.