With its QuickPlay & QuickStore products, and by nurturing an ecosystem of IP providers and FPGA accelerator developers who can sell their products through QuickStore in a pay per use manner (unlike the traditional IP business model), Accelize allows FPGA accelerator developers to create and customize unique accelerators regardless of their FPGA expertise.
Users can combine highly optimized IP cores – from a growing catalog of FPGA IP cores provided by the QuickAlliance members – with their own custom functions written in C/C++. These accelerators can then be deployed on premise or as a service on Cloud Service Providers’ instances. The pool of available functionality will now also include IP cores from Barco Silex, beginning with encryption, but soon to include other security functions and video processing.
The partnership opens up great opportunities in the domain of FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service (FAaaS), where Cloud Service Providers operate FPGA accelerators in the cloud to run compute-intensive tasks such as deep learning, big data analytics, database management, video processing and more. The OVH group, e.g., already offers FAaaS on its RunAbove servers, with FPGA accelerators that can be configured using the Accelize framework.
Cloud users have the choice between a number of pre-built Accelerators, or they can build their own using QuickPlay and QuickStore. With the partnership between Barco Silex and Accelize, they can now also configure and set up Encryption-as-a-Service (EaaS). The encryption will be initially based upon the AES GCM IP of Barco Silex, providing authenticated encryption at speeds of up to 100Gbps with very low latency.
“QuickPlay makes it easy for companies, even if they have little or no FPGA experience, to integrate our IP blocks into their FPGA designs, strongly extending the reach of our IP cores. But on top, this partnership brings us squarely into the promising world of cloud-based FPGA services, where our IP can be run and monetized as a service. This is a true paradigm shift in the IP business model and thus a significant opportunity for us”, stated Thierry Watteyne, CEO of Barco Silex.