Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced the latest release of the Altera SDK for OpenCL supports IBM Power Systems servers as an OpenCL system host. Customers are now able to develop OpenCL code that targets IBM Power Systems CPUs and accelerator boards with Altera FPGAs as a high-performance compute solution. FPGA accelerated systems can achieve a 5-20X performance boost over standard CPU based servers. Altera will showcase the performance advantage of using FPGAs to accelerate IBM Power Systems, as well as other OpenCL-focused demonstrations, this week at SuperComputing 2013 in booth #4332.
Additionally, Altera intends to join the OpenPOWER Consortium, an open development alliance which makes the IBM Power architecture available for open collaboration and development. Altera will work with IBM and other founding alliance members to develop advanced server, networking and storage applications that utilize Altera FPGA acceleration technologies and advanced design tools.
The addition of IBM Power Systems strengthens Altera’s FPGA-based heterogeneous computing offering, which also includes support for all other major architectures.
“By combining the performance of IBM Power Systems, along with the application acceleration capabilities of FPGAs, the Altera SDK for OpenCL gives customers an unmatched heterogeneous computing environment,” said Jeff Waters, senior vice president and general manager of the military, industrial and compute division at Altera “The Altera SDK for OpenCL is used by some of the world’s leading developers of high-performance computing systems and data center servers, and with today’s news we are giving these customers a broader choice of computing architectures.”
OpenCL programming can be used in a wide range of applications, from embedded and consumer software to high-performance computing solutions. By creating an efficient, programmer-friendly interface, OpenCL forms the foundation layer of a parallel computing ecosystem of platform independent tools, middleware and applications. It also greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scientific and medical software. Providing FPGA-based system acceleration with the Altera SDK for OpenCL provides system designers an attractive performance per watt solution when constrained by power and cooling requirements.
“IBM’s collaboration with Altera on OpenCL and support of the IBM Power architecture with the Altera SDK for OpenCL can help bring more innovation to address big data and cloud computing challenges,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM systems & technology group and integrated supply chain. “The heterogeneous computing capabilities of Altera FPGAs and IBM Power CPUs will bring new opportunities for developers to accelerate a wide range of high-performance computing applications across industries.”
The Altera SDK for OpenCL provides an industry-standard open source programming interface that enables programmers to easily take advantage of the performance and power efficiencies of FPGAs. Several FPGA board partners provide off-the-shelf boards that are optimized for Altera devices. A list of Altera Preferred Partner Program partners as well as a variety of design examples that demonstrate the advantages of using FPGAs in high performance systems can be found at www.altera.com/opencl.
Pricing and Availability
The Altera SDK for OpenCL is currently available for download on Altera’s website or through the purchase of an Altera Preferred Partner OpenCL board. The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995. For additional information please visit the OpenCL section on Altera’s website.