QuickPlay makes it easy to build the GZIP accelerator with a variety of data centre boards using Altera or Xilinx devices. A live demonstration system could be seen running in the PLDA Booth at the Flash Memory Summit 2016 in Santa Clara from August 9thto 11th, 2016.
Sharing the same vision of making FPGA-accelerated applications available to a large growing audience of non-FPGA experts, CAST and PLDA GROUP are delivering a complete FPGA based GZIP compression accelerator that can be further customized by developers without hardware expertise using the QuickPlay software defined development tool.
People are turning to the GZIP compression IP from CAST as it offers excellent features and performance. It provides full x86 compliance and is available in a wide range of configurations - from throughput-optimized versions delivering up to 40Gbps to compression ratio-optimized versions - and is customizable to fit specific customer requirements in terms of performance, latency, or footprint.
"The partnership with CAST has been fruitful and I am happy to see this first application come to life with this high quality GZIP core", stated Stephane Monboisset, marketing director for QuickPlay. "What is even more exciting is how developers can use QuickPlay to build their own custom GZIP accelerators, by adding additional processing or seamlessly modifying the I/O framework as they see fit. This enables use models beyond the traditional CPU accelerator, such as bump-in-the-wire and smart-NIC models with in-line compression of network and storage data."
QuickPlay is a software defined FPGA development tool that enables developers with different engineering backgrounds to model, design, debug, and deploy FPGA hardware as their end product or as a part of their final system, all without FPGA expertise, and without the pain and time traditionally associated with FPGA design. The availability of high-value IP such as the CAST GZIP compression core in QuickStore completely streamlines the integration in QuickPlay and offers a pay-as-you-go mechanism that enables users to pay for IP based on the number of implementations rather than a sizable upfront one-time fee.
"Building an FPGA-accelerated GZIP application is a non-trivial task when using traditional FPGA tools, and modifying it to fit specific customer requirements isn't any easier", stated Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer of CAST Inc. "Doing so with QuickPlay and enabling customers to customize it without requiring extensive hardware skills means that many more developers can benefit from the quality of our GZIP IP and build better FPGA accelerated applications with a complete software defined development flow."
The CAST ZipAccel-C GZIP/ZLIB/Deflate Data Compression IP Core is available today in QuickStore. QuickPlay v2.1 is available today and supports numerous boards from various vendors. You can log in or create an account at https://quickstore.quickplay.io to browse QuickStore and request a free, risk-free QuickPlay evaluation.