Intel announced top-tier OEM adoption of Intel’s field programmable gate array (FPGA) acceleration in their server lineup. This is the first major use of reprogrammable silicon chips to help speed up mainstream applications for the modern data centre.
“Intel FPGAs are the foundation for a new type of data center,” the chip maker said, “with the versatility and speed to handle a variety of workloads, from analytics to financial services.”
With exponential rise in data, operators at data centre have to balance the need for performance at scale with operational efficiency. “To boost performance and power efficiency, data centres have to adopt Intel Xeon Scalable processors to work in tandem with an accelerator to support data-intensive performance requirements within specific functions in a workload, the company noted.
The availability of servers enabling FPGA acceleration is another milestone in the rapid ascension of programmable chips. The acceleration stack provides a software development environment, making FPGA performance and flexibility accessible to the broader developer community, Intel stated.
“We’re enabling our customers and partners to create a rich set of high-performance solutions at scale by delivering the benefits of hardware performance, all in a software development environment,” Reynette Au, Intel’s VP for marketing Programmable Solutions said.