Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will use the latest Intel field programmable gate array (FPGA) with built-in acceleration in its servers. This makes HPE the first original equipment manufacturer to incorporate the programmable card into its devices.
An FPGA is an integrated circuit that can be programmed anytime, even after the device has been shipped to customers. Because of this programmability, combined with high throughput and very low latency, FPGAs are ideal for many cloud and edge applications. And they will be critical for 5G networks.
Intel says its Programmable Solutions Group revenue has grown double digits as customers use FPGAs to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI), among other applications. HPE says it sees growing customer demand.
“We’re seeing a growing market for FPGA-based accelerators, and with Intel’s new FPGA solution, more developers — no matter their expertise — can adopt the tool and benefit from workload acceleration,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager of HPE’s High Performance Computing and AI Group. “We plan to use the Intel Stratix 10 PAC and acceleration stack in our offerings to enable customers to easily manage complex, emerging workloads.”
New Intel FPGA
Intel today announced the new programmable acceleration card (PAC) with Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The high-bandwidth card targets data-center developers looking to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. It is built for inline processing and memory-intensive workloads, like streaming analytics and video transcoding.
The programable card also uses Intel’s acceleration stack for its Xeon Scalable processors. The stack includes software, firmware, and tools intended to make it easier to develop and deploy Intel FPGAs in the data center. It includes a common set of APIs and open-source drivers that work with various operating systems, virtualization software, and orchestration software.
The new card also supports native, network-attached workloads with initial partners Adaptive Microware and Megh Computing.