Computer and storage technology is evolving rapidly. Today, cloud computing is enabling the consolidation of traditional IT functions with entirely new capabilities. For example, many large-scale data centers are now providing traditional IT services along with new data analytics services.
Hence, these large-scale data centers require highly efficient server and storage systems. Traditional CPU technology limits performance, as the use of frequency scaling as a way to increase performance has ended. The end of frequency scaling has caused a shift to multicore processing. However, multicore processing has diminishing returns in terms of increasing true application performance due to limits in I/O and memory bandwidth.
Intel® FPGAs can be used to accelerate the performance of large-scale data systems. Intel® FPGAs enable higher speed data processing by providing customized high-bandwidth, low-latency connections to network and storage systems. In addition, Intel® FPGAs provide compression, data filtering, and algorithmic acceleration.
With the Intel® FPGA SDK for OpenCL™ 1, you can now rapidly develop acceleration solutions for computer and storage systems. The Intel® FPGA SDK for OpenCL™ enables even software developers to easily design with FPGAs by allowing them to utilize a high-level programming language for developing acceleration functions.
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In the financial sector, software-based algorithms, and analytics can be offloaded onto FPGA hardware for reductions in latencies. In high-performance computing, parallel tasks that may bog down CPU performance can be offloaded to the FPGA, reducing CPU overhead and system latency.
Understanding market trends and changes to technical standards is important to ensure the right solution is always available for customers. Involvement in industry consortia is an excellent way to understand and influence technology trends. Altera is involved in the following consortia.
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