Intel announced shipments of new Intel Stratix 10 DX field programmable gate arrays (FPGA).
The new FPGAs are designed to support Intel Ultra Path Interconnect (Intel UPI), PCI-Express (PCIe) Gen4 x16 and a new controller for Intel Optane technology to provide high-performance acceleration.
VMware is one of many early access program participants.
“Intel Stratix 10 DX FPGAs are the first FPGAs designed to combine key features that dramatically boost acceleration of workloads in the cloud and enterprise when used with Intel’s portfolio of data center solutions,” said David Moore, Intel vice president and general manager, FPGA and Power Products, Network and Custom Logic Group.
Stratix 10 DX FPGAs with the new interfaces include the option to support select Intel Optane DC persistent memory dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs). They increase bandwidth and provide coherent memory expansion and hardware acceleration for upcoming select Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
Intel’s FPGA-based accelerators provide hardware-assisted performance combined with the flexibility to adapt to multiple workloads.
VMware is collaborating with Intel to develop coherent FPGA and CPU acceleration solutions, said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware.
The UPI interface in combination with future select Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver 37 percent lower latency and improve overall system performance via coherent data movement and a theoretical peak transfer rate of 28 GB/second.
PCI-SIG compliant Gen4 x16 interface delivers peak data bandwidth of 32 GB/second. Both data center and non-data center applications will realize about two times more throughput.
Memory controller supports up to eight Intel Optane DC persistent memory modules per FPGA (up to 4 TB of non-volatile memory).