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Celoxica, SGI step up high-performance computing apps

Posted: 22 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon graphics? reconfigurable application-specific computing? dk design suite of tools? synthesis?

Celoxica Ltd announced support for Silicon Graphics Inc.'s (SGI) reconfigurable application-specific computing (RASC) technology in the Celoxica DK design suite of tools for C-based design and synthesis. The companies have teamed to deliver libraries and tools defining a software programming environment for algorithm acceleration using FPGAs. SGI intends to include evaluation copies of Celoxica's design software as part of its RASC development kit shipping this month.

RASC is the term coined by SGI in reference to high-performance computing systems which use FPGA technology in a co-processor model. Reconfigurable chips can be programmed by a customer to optimize their specific tasks in co-processing systems that can offer performance improvements at lower power and heat than conventional microprocessors alone. Applications that can benefit from this approach include image recognition, decryption, gene comparison, video format translation, and data compression to name a few.

Previous FPGA-based acceleration systems have been limited by the traditional chip design process centered on hardware description languages (HDL). HDL use is both foreign and difficult for most end-user programmers and is too slow for software-oriented algorithm development.

To solve the problem, Celoxica provides a mature and proven C-based design and synthesis environment to accelerate software algorithms on RASC systems. The DK design suite of tools delivers a programming path directly to RASC systems from algorithm to system implementation, including software-based design entry, cycle-accurate simulation, C-based synthesis and seamless integration with FPGA vendor place and route tools. Algorithm development using Celoxica tools is typically 60 percent faster and produces FPGA results that rival HDL flows.

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