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Altera set to demo first ever QPI 1.1 FPGA Home Agent

Posted: 15 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Intel? QuickPath? QPI? FPGA?

Altera has announced a demonstration of what it boasts will be the industry's first FPGA Home Agent enabled by the Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) protocol 1.1. Connecting to Intel's Sandy Bridge XEON processors, the demonstration will leverage an Altera Stratix V FPGA configured as the Home Agent and will support both the Caching Agent and Home Agent in a Pactron Vigor Development platform.

The company is demonstrating its QPI 1.1 intellectual property (IP) solution to support both the Caching Agent and Home Agent in a Pactron Vigor Development Platform at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) Beijing.

The solution is ideal for designers of low-latency signal-processing, packet processing and embedded applications, such as high-frequency and big data which need higher computation performance-per-watt than traditional CPU configurations can deliver.

"Our QPI 1.1 solution provides developers of data centres and high-performance computing applications a platform to significantly increase their compute performance while reducing system cost and power," said David Gamba, director of the compute and storage product line at Altera. "FPGAs deliver a highly effective, efficient way to speed the processing of large data sets through parallel processing and accelerated data transfers," Gamba added.

QPI is the only way to coherently connect to an Intel server processor. The Altera StratixV FPGA transceiver has been qualified to support the Intel QPI electrical specification at 8Gbit/s. Developers of low-latency, high-bandwidth systems looking to extend the flexible shared memory model that Intel uses for x86 programming can now efficiently integrate a Stratix V FPGA into their systems. The Home Agent demo addresses 32GB of memory on the motherboard connected to the socket with support for two channels connecting to four 8GB RDIMMs.

Pactron designs and develops comprehensive and robust embedded systems that provide storage, wireless, mobile, networked, audio video, and internet-connectivity for OEM partners. The company delivers integrated hardware and software platforms that are incorporated into end to end solutions, providing its customers minimised risk, accelerated time-to-market, reduced development costs, and enhanced design architecture.

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