MANHASSET, N.Y. Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. announced that it is working with Sweden-based Mitrionics Inc. to provide users of the Cray XD1 supercomputer a faster way to implement application-accelerating field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology.
Mitrionics' Mitrion Virtual Processor and Mitrion Software Development Kit enables supercomputer users to program FPGAs integrated into the Cray XD1 system on a true software level, reducing the time and effort to take advantage of FPGA-based computation.
"The Cray XD1 system's FPGA-based reconfigurable computing feature turns Virtex 4 FPGAs into tightly integrated coprocessors that can be programmed to accelerate key components of some HPC applications far beyond what is possible with scalar processing on microprocessors alone," said Amar Shan, product manager for the XD1 supercomputer at Cray (Seattle, Wa.). "We are very happy to be collaborating with Mitrionics on tools that make the Cray XD1 application acceleration feature more accessible to users."
"A Cray XD1 supercomputer equipped with a Mitrion Virtual Processor provides a powerful yet accessible combination for HPC users," said Mitrionics chief executive Anders Dellson, in a statement. "For users without hardware experience, FPGAs are difficult to program. Even simple computational algorithms can take months to program, resulting in very inflexible designs."