Xilinx SDAccel Development Environment

March 17, 2015
SDAccel is aimed at building co-processors to accelerate functions such as encryption, search, speech recognition, and image recognition. The basic architecture has a board of UltraScale FPGAs that communicate with the server CPU cores via PCIe and have access to memory. 
A developer can use whatever application code they have, put it in an FPGA, and then that will supplement what the server is doing via PCIe, yet not interfere with existing codebase. In other words, an excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits. Judge's Comment.

SDAccel is aimed at building co-processors to accelerate functions such as encryption, search, speech recognition, and image recognition. The basic architecture has a board of UltraScale FPGAs that communicate with the server CPU cores via PCIe and have access to memory. Xilinx says this results in a 20-25X improvement in performance per watt compared to directly using the CPU or GPU and a 50-75X reduction in latency versus a pure software solution.

With SDAccel, software developers can leverage the benefits of FPGAs without having an understanding of the hardware or FPGA place or route. No prior FPGA experience is needed. In addition, Xilinx uses high-level synthesis (HLS) technology so SDAccel is able to support several languages, including C, C++, and Open CL. The SDAccel developer environment incorporates foundational compiler technology used by more than 1000 programmers, Xilinx says. Developers can create high-performance accelerators, optimized for memory, dataflow, and loop pipelining, that are suitable for data center applications including compute search, image recognition, machine learning, transcoding, storage compression, and encryption.

Click here to return to the 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards page

Sponsored Recommendations

ON TOPIC: Innovation in Optical Components

July 2, 2024
Lightwave’s latest on-topic eBook, sponsored by Anritsu, will address innovation in optical components. The eBook looks at various topics, including PCIe (Peripheral...

New Optical Wavelength Service Trends

July 1, 2024
Discover how optical wavelength services are reshaping the telecom landscape, driven by rapid expansion and adoption of high-speed connections exceeding 100 Gbps, championed by...

Data Center Network Advances

April 2, 2024
Lightwave’s latest on-topic eBook, which AFL and Henkel sponsor, will address advances in data center technology. The eBook looks at various topics, ranging...

Balanced vs. Unbalanced PON: Key Differences and Deployment Impact

Nov. 7, 2023
Learn how to choose the right PON architecture for your network.