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Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs


NetSpeed's Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent network-on-chip IP offers unprecedented configurability.
29 Sep 2016 San Jose - NetSpeed Systems Inc., has released its Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent network-on-chip IP that maximizes the performance of heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) designs for Cloud computing, automotive, mobile and IoT applications.

Many of today's applications build in human-like comprehension and decision-making capabilities. Applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) offer users an augmented experience of the physical, real-world environment and include computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. The technologies underlying these applications, such as computer vision, facial recognition, voice recognition and other machine learning based capabilities require far more processing performance and much better power efficiency than is attainable with traditional multicore processor platforms.

"Processors are becoming increasingly specialized to meet the needs of their target applications", stated Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group. "To satisfy complex application requirements, many SoCs now include a mix of CPU cores, computing clusters, GPUs and other computing resources and specialized accelerators. To maximize the performance of these heterogeneous designs, SoCs need a robust on-chip-network such as Gemini that optimizes the communication among the various components and arbitrates the sharing of memory and other critical resources."

"Gemini 3.0 is a next generation system-on-chip (SoC) interconnect platform that specifically addresses the complexities and the opportunities of heterogeneous system architectures", stated Anush Mohandass, vice president of marketing and business development at NetSpeed. "Gemini enables SoC architects to implement designs that can achieve more than 10x greater performance in a reasonable power envelope. This is something that is not feasible with traditional multicore designs."

"When designing an SoC, the conventional approach is to architect the system with its IP blocks and interconnect and simulate it later in the development process when most of the design decisions have been made", stated Fred Weber, former AMD CTO and industry veteran who is a member of NetSpeed's board. "This is essentially a trial and error approach that is expensive, time-consuming and risky. Gemini, on the other hand, enables system architects to perform modellling and simulation much early in development before integration begins. NetSpeed's machine learning capabilities rapidly explore a multitude of models and architecture options to give system architects accurate system level performance predictions right from the beginning."

Gemini is the only SoC interconnect solution that uses machine learning to accurately model the system as whole to achieve the best application performance. In contrast, conventional approaches tend to optimize individual subsystems in isolation, which can result in bottlenecks and systems that are overdesigned to handle worst case conditions. Gemini uses advanced networking algorithms to rapidly create a cache-coherent SoC interconnect that is deadlock-free and delivers quality of service (QoS) for all use cases. It offers OEMs an easier and more cost effective way to assemble robust heterogeneous SoCs that provide the performance necessary for rich and complex applications.

Gemini 3.0 offers unprecedented configurability allowing users to customize every component of the interconnect from IP interface to routers to topology and interface links:

  • Gemini 3.0 is the first and only solution to support both the ARM AMBA 5 CHI (Coherent Hub Interface) and ARM AMBA 4 AXI Coherency Extensions (ACE) on-chip interconnect standards in a single design and includes support for broadcast and multicast which can dramatically improve performance.
  • It supports up to 64 fully cache-coherent CPU clusters, GPU blocks and other coherent compute blocks and up 200 I/O coherent and non-coherent agents.
  • It can handle cache-coherent, I/O-coherent, and non-coherent traffic in a single SoC interconnect design platform.
  • It offers unique system level optimizations including integrated DMA, on-chip RAM and Last Level Cache (LLC) IPs with runtime configurability.

"We are committed to bringing a variety of competitive options to our partners through our strong ecosystem and NetSpeed's Gemini 3.0 is one more example of this approach", stated Ian Ferguson, ARM vice president of worldwide marketing and strategic alliances. "NetSpeed's Gemini cache-coherent interconnect, with support for ARM AMBA 4 AXI Coherency Extensions (ACE) and AMBA 5 Coherent Hub Interface (CHI) standards, will enable the development of heterogeneous SoC platforms."

"Cache coherency is becoming an integral part of heterogeneous system architectures in next generation SoC designs and it is exciting to see an ecosystem partner like NetSpeed continue bringing innovative solutions to market", stated Nimish Modi, Sr. VP, Marketing & Business Development at Cadence Design Systems. "The integration of solutions such as Gemini 3.0 with Cadence's comprehensive tool and design IP solutions enables SoC architects and designers to optimize performance, while getting their designs to market much faster."

"Heterogeneous processing is a key enabling technology for a wide range of applications and Imagination's IP is used extensively in heterogeneous SoCs", stated James Aldis, Architect at Imagination Technologies and a key contributor to the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation. "In today's sophisticated multi-core, multi-cluster SoC designs, chip designers face a tremendously complex task in integrating and interconnecting a wide array of IP from multiple sources. NetSpeed's Gemini, which is designed to address the requirements of HSA and other emerging heterogeneous compute paradigms, simplifies this task, making integration faster and easier."

"Ensuring design quality for highly complex SoCs is one of NetSpeed's foundational benefits", stated Amir Faintuch, senior vice president and general manager of the Platform Engineering Group at Intel. "Gemini 3.0 offers SoC architects excellent configurability and programmability to embrace cache coherency while ensuring right-by-design construction."

Source: NetSpeed Systems

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Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...