Adaptable compute, network and storage accelerator card fits all

August 06, 2019 //By Julien Happich
accelerator card
Xilinx has expanded its Alveo data center accelerator card portfolio with the launch of the Alveo U50. The U50 card is what the company describes as the industry’s first low profile adaptable accelerator with PCIe Gen 4 support, designed to supercharge a broad range of critical compute, network and storage workloads, all on one reconfigurable platform.

The Alveo U50 provides customers with a programmable low profile and low-power accelerator platform built for scale-out architectures and domain-specific acceleration of any server deployment, on-premise, in the cloud and at the edge. The card delivers between 10-20x improvements in throughput, latency and power efficiency. For accelerated networking and storage workloads, the U50 card helps developers identify and eliminate latency and data movement bottlenecks by moving compute closer to the data.

Powered by the Xilinx UltraScale+ architecture, the Alveo U50 card is the first in the Alveo portfolio to be packaged in a half-height, half-length form factor and low 75-Watt power envelope. The card features high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), 100 gigabit per second (100 Gbps) networking connectivity, and support for the PCIe Gen 4 and CCIX interconnects. By fitting into standard PCIe server slots and using one-third the power, the U50 significantly expands the scope in which adaptable acceleration can be deployed. The 8GB of HBM2 delivers over 400 Gbps data transfer speeds and the QSFP ports provide up to 100 Gbps network connectivity. The high-speed networking I/O also supports advanced applications like NVMe-oF solutions (NVM Express over Fabrics), disaggregated computational storage and specialized financial services applications.

The Alveo U50 is sampling now with OEM system qualifications in process. General availability is slated for fall 2019.

Xilinx - www.xilinx.com


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