"CHREC chose Altera Stratix IV FPGAs to provide our international team of academic researchers with a faster and more efficient platform for testing applications and tools that showcase the advantages of reconfigurable computing on a large scale", stated Dr. Alan George, professor of ECE at the University of Florida and CHREC director. "Altera's devices uniquely provided the performance, scalability, power and cooling advantages we needed, as well as the ability to combine the versatility, flexibility and efficiency of a general-purpose processor."
CHREC is the world's leading research body focused on reconfigurable computing. Comprised of more than 30 organisations including Altera, the body is made up of representatives from the academic, industry and government sectors with a common interest in reconfigurable computing for a broad range of applications. The Novo-G supercomputer typically accelerates new algorithms by 10X or more in bioinformatics, signal and image processing and other applications where large amounts of data need to be managed and analyzed.
Stratix IV FPGAs were deployed on PROCStar-IV boards from GiDEL in the Novo-G to enable a scaling up (increased performance per node) in the supercomputer configuration and to double the overall system memory. This configuration also scales out (to many nodes) for use in large data centres where the inherent advantages of Altera FPGAs like parallelism, pipelining, bit manipulation, data streaming and lower power take place.
"In the information age, the need for algorithm acceleration for processing data is growing exponentially. The Stratix IV FPGAs in CHREC's Novo-G system are allowing academic research teams to double the FPGA logic and attached memory within the same data centre space", stated David Gamba, director of the computer applications business unit at Altera. "Altera is proud to be sponsoring the innovative research being done by CHREC and the Novo-G members."