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BittWare Announces OpenPOWER CAPI DevKit for Xilinx FPGA-Enabled Accelerator Cards

BittWare Announces OpenPOWER CAPI DevKit for Xilinx FPGA-Enabled Accelerator Cards
14/08/2016

FPGA PLATFORM SUPPLIER PROVIDES CAPI ENABLED FPGA ACCELERATOR CARDS FOR POWER8 PROCESSORS

SAN JOSE, CA - April 6, 2016 BittWare, an industry-leading board supplier for over 25 years, announced today an OpenPOWER CAPI Developer's Kit for its Xilinx FPGA-enabled accelerator cards. Providing a fast, efficient way to connect the Xilinx All Programmable FPGA to a CAPI-enabled IBM POWER8 system, the developer's kit includes the FPGA accelerator card, IBM Power Service Layer (PSL) IP to provide the connection to the POWER8 chip, CAPI host support library, and an example CAPI design. The FPGA accelerator card included in the kit is BittWare's XUSP3S, which is a ¾-length PCIe board featuring the Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale™ VU095, four QSFPs for 4x 100GbE, and flexible memory configurations with up to 64 GBytes of memory and support for Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC).

Most FPGA accelerators use PCIe to connect to the host processor unit. IBM has developed CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) as an alternative that takes some of the overhead and complexity out of the I/O subsystem by providing a direct interface between the host and the FPGA. Developers can run their specific FPGA solutions as a peer to the IBM POWER8 cores, enabling higher system performance with less programming complexity.

"BittWare is pleased to work with Xilinx and IBM to offer CAPI enabled FPGA acceleration platforms for POWER processors," said Ron Huizen, VP of Systems and Solutions at BittWare. "Our XUSP3S board is a compelling option for data center applications, and with the addition of CAPI will now allow our customers to develop their applications even more quickly and efficiently."

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