Intel Acceleration Stack Quick Start Guide for Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA

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3.3. Installing the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA Card In the Host Machine

Follow these instructions to install the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA card.

Precautions for Hardware Installation

You must open the server chassis to install the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA card. Follow all safety precautions and the electrostatic discharge (ESD) guidelines provided to avoid damaging the server or the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA.

Warning: To avoid electric shock, power down your server and unplug it from the power outlet before opening the server chassis.

ESD Guidelines

Electronics components on the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA and server are sensitive to ESD. To avoid damaging them, please follow these ESD prevention guidelines:

  • Wear a grounded ESD strap during the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA installation.
  • Leave the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA in its ESD-safe packaging until you are ready to install the card.
  • During installation, handle the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA only by the edge of the board.
  • Never touch any exposed circuitry, edge connectors, or printed circuits on the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA or server.
  • Do not put the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA on any metal surface during installation.
  • If you must put the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA down, put the card in the ESD-safe packaging.
  1. Open your server chassis.
  2. Identify an available PCIe* Gen3 x16 mechanical slot with enough clearance to house the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA.
  3. Remove any I/O panel covers for the slot you are using.
  4. Install the Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA in the PCIe* slot by inserting the PCIe* x16 edge connector and ensuring the card retention hook is properly engaged.
  5. If supported by your server chassis, use the two screws provided to secure the I/O panel bracket to the server chassis.
  6. Reinstall the chassis cover.
  7. Enable the following options in the BIOS if you plan on using virtualization/containers:
    • Intel VT-x (Intel Virtualization Technology for IA-32 and Intel 64 Processors)
    • Intel VT-d (Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O)

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