Tachyum certifies software on FPGA model of universal processor

Tachyum certifies software on FPGA model of universal processor

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By Nick Flaherty

Tachyum is entering the final phase of test and development for its Prodigy Universal Processor ahead of tape out later this year.

The last stage of Quality Assurance (QA) testing of all necessary ported software has been carried out on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) for final testing to ensure the chip is production worthy.

Prodigy is currently running ported software on its software emulation platform. Once all Quality Assurance testing is successfully completed on FPGA, the Prodigy chip will be ready for tape-out says the European chip designer.

The software certification is vital for the Prodigy chip, which can process different workloads in the data centre that previously required separate CPUs, GPUs and AI accelerators. The Prodigy chip has 128 high-performance custom-designed 64-bit compute cores and high speed memory for four times the performance of the highest-performing x86 processors for cloud workloads, up to three times that of the highest performing GPU for HPC, and six times for AI applications.

This phase of porting and finalizing all necessary software for tape out will ensure that existing applications run seamlessly once the Prodigy chip is received from the foundry.

Among the porting milestones that have already been completed including but not limited to the following software packages:

  • Ported and demonstrated Open BMC
  • Ported and demonstrated UEFI v2.70
  • Ported and integrated boot loaders system: EFI boot and GRUB 2
  • Running Linux 6.1 LTS with SE Linux, Free BSD 13, KVM 6.1, QEMU 7.2
  • GNU toolchain: binutils 2.40, GDB-13.1, GCC 12.2 and glibc 2.37
  • Support of C, C++, Fortran, Go, Erlang, Lua, Perl, PHP, R, Python, Ruby, Tcl
  • Tensorflow 2.11 and PyTorch 1.11 compilers
  • Docker and Kubernetes
  • Eigen, GEMM, NumPy (Numerical Python) libraries
  • Fully representative list of applications such as databases, web servers, SLURM, CEPH

The company sees the ability to handle both high-performance and line-of-business applications in the same chip as a key benefit for data centre operators so that Prodigy-powered servers can seamlessly and dynamically switch between workloads. This eliminates the need for expensive dedicated AI hardware and dramatically increasing server utilization. 

“We want to declare this latest milestone as we are moving from the development phase to completion of the tasks needed for tape-out, of which the completion of the software porting is key,” said Radoslav Danilak, founder and CEO of Tachyum.

“We are diligently working towards closing this phase of our production cycle by ensuring that the porting and preparation of all the necessary software for tape-out is behind us and this chapter is closed. I am very excited about the progress that Tachyum has made thus far and look forward to entering the next phase of success.”



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