Accelerator card for HPC, big data workloads

November 16, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Accelerator card for HPC, big data workloads
Programmable logic and adaptive computing company Xilinx has introduced an accelerator card purpose-built for high-performance computing (HPC) and big data workloads that combines many key features that today’s HPC workloads require.

The Alveo U55C data center accelerator, says the company, brings superior performance-per-watt to high-performance computing and database workloads and easily scales through the Xilinx HPC clustering solution. The Alveo U55C card is offered as the company’s most powerful Alveo accelerator card ever, and provides the highest compute density and HBM capacity in the Alveo accelerator portfolio.

Together with the new Xilinx RoCE v2-based clustering solution, says the company, a broad spectrum of customers with large-scale compute workloads can now implement powerful FPGA-based HPC clustering using their existing data center infrastructure and network.

“Scaling out Alveo compute capabilities to target HPC workloads is now easier, more efficient and more powerful than ever,” says Salil Raje, executive vice president and general manager, Data Center Group at Xilinx. “Architecturally, FPGA-based accelerators like Alveo cards provide the highest performance at the lowest cost for many compute-intensive workloads. By introducing a standards-based methodology that enables the creation of Alveo HPC clusters using a customer’s existing infrastructure and network, we’re delivering those key advantages at massive scale to any data center. This is a major leap forward for even broader adoption of Alveo and adaptive computing throughout the data center.”

The Alveo U55C card, says the company, combines many key features that today’s HPC workloads require. It delivers more parallelism of data pipelines, superior memory management, optimized data movement throughout the pipeline, and the highest performance-per-watt in the Alveo portfolio.

The Alveo U55C card is a single-slot full height, half length (FHHL) form factor with a low 150W max power. It offers superior compute density and doubles the HBM2 to 16GB compared to its predecessor - the dual-slot Alveo U280 card. The U55C provides more compute in a smaller form factor for creating dense Alveo accelerator-based clusters, and it’s built for high-density streaming data, high IO math, and big compute problems that require scale-out like big data analytics and AI applications.

Leveraging RoCE v2 and data

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