Earlier this month, Intel announced that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was now shipping HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers with an optional Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) D5005 for workloads that benefit from FPGA-based acceleration. (See “HPE now delivering ProLiant dL380 Gen10 Servers with optional Intel D5005 Programmable Accelerator Card based on Intel Stratix® 10 FPGAs.”) Last week, HPE’s Bill Mannel, VP & GM for High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence, published an article titled “Data Centers Get a Performance Boost From FPGAs” on InsideBigData.com that describes the advantages of FPGA-based acceleration for datacenter servers – specifically for HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers.
“FPGAs have a 30-year history throughout the electronics industry but their use as server accelerators in data centers is relatively new. The hardware resources incorporated into FPGA hardware can be dynamically reprogrammed to exactly match the precise computational needs of a workload or algorithm and this close matching results in faster computational speed and lower power and energy consumption.“
He then describes a number of workloads available for the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers with an optional Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) D5005 from vendors including rENIAC (Apache Cassandra NoSQL database acceleration), Myrtle FPGA-accelerated Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), Algo-Logic (FPGA-accelerated financial trading), and IBEX Technology (FPGA-accelerated video encoding, decoding, and transcoding).
Finally, Mannel describes the development process for migrating workloads to an FPGA accelerator:
“Intel accelerator cards open the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server’s adaptability to an even wider range of applications. Software developers develop their application code, targeting the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server’s Intel Xeon Scalable processor. They then migrate that code to the Intel FPGA PAC D5005 using the acceleration libraries and development tools within the Intel Acceleration Stack to achieve even higher performance.”
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For more information about the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server, please contact HPE directly.
For more information about the accelerated workload applications in this story, please contact the application vendors directly.
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