Supporting the smart and connected revolution

Author : Dan McNamara

12 October 2016

Intel has started sampling to customers Stratix 10 field programmable arrays, a 14nm FPGA.

Stratix 10 combines the benefits of Intel’s 14nm tri-gate process technology with a new architecture called HyperFlex to meet the performance demands of high-end compute and data-intensive applications ranging from data centres, network infrastructure, cloud computing, and radar and imaging systems.

The features and functionality of Stratix 10 will change the performance of data centres and networking infrastructures, which must be able to support the rapidly growing number of devices coming online as the Internet of Things explodes by the end of the decade.

We live in a smart and connected world where billions of devices are creating massive amounts of data that must be collected, rapidly processed and analysed, and available from anywhere. With Stratix 10 FPGAs, Intel is enabling service providers, data centres, cloud computing and storage systems to satisfy their insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility and increased power efficiencies.

FPGAs are a critical part of Intel’s growth strategy, which is being fueled by the virtuous cycle of growth. With Stratix 10, we have transformed the FPGA market and delivered the most significant FPGA innovations in over a decade. These innovations and capabilities include:

• 2X the core performance and over 5X the density compared to the previous generation.

• Up to 70 percent lower power than Stratix V FPGAs for equivalent performance.

• Up to 10 TFLOPS of single-precision floating point DSP performance.

• Up to 1 TBps memory bandwidth with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) in-package.

• Embedded quad-core 64-bit ARM* Cortex*-A53 processor.

The burgeoning need for more efficient data centres

Within the data centre, FPGAs are used to accelerate the performance of large-scale data systems. Stratix 10 FPGAs provide the optimal flexibility and performance-per-watt acceleration to address the data centre needs of the future.

When used as a high-performance, multifunction accelerator in the data centre, Stratix 10 FPGAs are capable of performing both the acceleration and high-performance networking capabilities.

And as a user’s system demands or hardware requirements change, the FPGA can be reconfigured in milliseconds to accelerate individual tasks, which translates into significant improvements in system-level performance and power efficiency.

The need for more bandwidth and lower latency in our networks, the need for flexibility of our data centres to react to new and changing workloads, and the need to manage performance per watt are all key value drivers for the Stratix 10 FPGA.

The explosive need for faster, higher bandwidth networks

The growing number of bandwidth-intensive applications is creating a massive increase in customer demand and straining current network infrastructure.
Cisco forecasts that by 2020, nearly a million minutes of video content will cross the network each second, and that by 2020, the number of devices connected to IP networks will be three times the global population2.

A smart and connected world requires a highly connected, flexible, efficient, bandwidth-rich infrastructure that enables a seamless connection from the data center to the edge.

Stratix 10 FPGAs enable network innovations across the access, transmission and networking equipment arenas to aggregate, transport and deliver the triple-play traffic over converged multiservice networks.

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