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OpenPower-Based CAPI Acceleration Solution on PCIe Board

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A Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) acceleration development kit targets the ADM-PCIE-7V3 board from Alpha Data.  The kit will enable designers to utilize Xilinx All Programmable FPGA devices attached to the coherent accelerator processor interfaces on IBM POWER8 systems.  The development kit includes the Power Service Layer (PSL) to provide the infrastructure connection to the POWER8 chip, examples of user defined accelerator function units (AFUs), as well as OS Kernel extensions and library functions specifically for CAPI.  This solution significantly reduces the development time required to offload data processing applications to FPGAs. 

 CAPI removes the software overhead for processor communication with the I/O subsystem, allowing an accelerator to operate as part of an application.  CAPI on POWER8 systems provides a high-performance solution for the implementation of client-specific, computation-heavy algorithms on an FPGA.  IBM’s solution enables higher system performance with a much smaller programming investment, allowing hybrid computing to be successful across a much broader range of applications. 

The Alpha Data ADM-PCIE-7V3 PCIe form factor add-in card utilizes Xilinx FPGAs to deliver application-specific acceleration for Big Data workloads.  The ADM-PCIE-7V3 is IBM Power8 CAPI capable, featuring a Xilinx Virtex®-7 X690T FPGA with dual 10Gigabit SFP+ ports for direct networking attach, two on-board SO-DIMMs for computing from local memory, and dual SATA interfaces for local data storage. OpenPOWER systems with AlphaData co-processors provide an ideal solution for next-generation data-centers. 

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