Adaptive compute acceleration platform targets big data

July 15, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Adaptive compute acceleration platform targets big data
Delivers unmatched convergence of fast memory, secure connectivity, and adaptable compute in a single platform for data center and network operators.

Xilinx has introduced the Versal™ HBM adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP), the latest series in the Versal™ portfolio. The Versal HBM series enables the convergence of fast memory, secure connectivity, and adaptable compute in a single platform. Versal HBM ACAPs integrate the most advanced HBM2e DRAM, providing 820 GB/s of throughput and 32 GB of capacity for 8X more memory bandwidth and 63% lower power than DDR5 implementations. The Versal HBM series is architected to keep up with the higher memory needs of the most compute intensive, memory bound applications for data center, wired networking, test and measurement, and aerospace and defense.

“Many real-time, high-performance applications are critically bottlenecked by memory bandwidth and operate at the edge of their power and thermal limits,” said Sumit Shah, senior director, Product Management and Marketing at Xilinx. “The Versal HBM series eliminates those bottlenecks to provide our customers with a solution that delivers significantly higher performance and reduced system power, latency, form factor, and total cost of ownership for data center and network operators.”

Built on the foundation of the Versal Premium series, Versal HBM devices incorporate power-optimized networking cores for high bandwidth, secure connectivity. The Versal HBM series offers 5.6 Tb/s of serial bandwidth with 112 Gb/s PAM4 transceivers, 2.4 Tb/s of scalable Ethernet bandwidth, 1.2 Tb/s of line rate encryption throughput, 600 Gb/s of Interlaken connectivity, and 1.5 Tb/s of PCIe® Gen5 bandwidth with built-in DMA, supporting both CCIX and CXL. This broad set of hardened IP provides off-the-shelf, multi-terabit networked connectivity for a breadth of protocols, data rates, and optical standards, enabling optimal power and performance and the fastest time to market.

As an adaptive, heterogeneous compute platform, the Versal HBM series is engineered to accelerate a wide range of workloads with large data sets, integrating adaptable engines for low-latency hardware parallelism, DSP engines for AI inference and signal processing, and scalar engines for embedded compute, platform management, and secure boot and configuration. Unlike fixed function accelerators, the Versal HBM series can dynamically reconfigure hardware in milliseconds to adapt with evolving algorithms and emerging protocols, eliminating the need for hardware redesign and re-deployment.

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Versal HBM is the latest in Xilinx' Versal ACAP series, delivering unmatched convergence of fast memory, secure connectivity, and adaptable compute in a single platform for data center and network operators.

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