Amazon’s Senior Director of Business Development and Product, Gadi Hutt, gave an in-depth presentation at the recent Xilinx Developers Forum in Frankfurt, Germany where he detailed the specifics, advantages, and the nuts-and-bolts “how to” with respect to using the FPGA-based AWS EC2 F1 instances to accelerate your business.
First, Hutt gave one of the most succinct definitions of “the cloud” I’ve heard: “the on-demand delivery of compute, storage, networking, etc. services.” This definition is free of the niggling details such as hardware, networking, power, and cooling that you are now free to ignore.
Then Hutt listed the advantages of cloud-based services:
- Agility and speed of innovation
- Cost savings
- Elasticity: scale up or down quickly, as needed
- Breadth of functionality
- Go global in minutes
From there, Hutt provided a deep explanation of the steps you need to take to distribute cloud-based services globally. He also quoted a Gartner estimate, which said that AWS (Amazon Web Services) has more compute capacity than all of the other cloud providers combined. Certainly, this Gartner report puts AWS far in the upper right corner of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide.
Using AWS allows your company to “get out of IT” and focus on providing specialized services where you can add value, said Hutt. “You can focus on your core business,” he continued.
Then he turned to the specifics of the AWS EC2 F1 instances, which are based on multiple Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ VU9P FPGAs. Two of the many points Hutt made include:
- The ability to code AWS EC2 F1 applications in C, C++, and OpenCL programming languages through the availability of Xilinx’s SDAccel development environment for AWS EC2 F1 instances
- SDAccel results are comparable to manually optimized implementations using HDL
“There’s pretty good maturity in the software ecosystem, today,” Hutt observed.
One of Hutt’s conclusions with respect to AWS EC2 F1 instances:
“There’s a tremendous opportunity for FPGAs to shine in a number of areas.”
If you’re interested in FPGA-based cloud acceleration, here’s the 48-minute video with Gadi Hutt’s full presentation at XDF:
For more information about Amazon’s AWS EC2 F1 instance in Xcell Daily, see:
- Why is it getting easier to use the acceleration abilities of Xilinx All Programmable devices? Xilinx’s Senior Director for Software and IP Ramine Roan explains at XDF in Frankfurt
- AWS makes Amazon EC2 F1 instance hardware acceleration based on Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs generally available
- AWS does a deep-dive video on the Amazon EC2 F1 Instance, a cloud accelerator based on Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs
- Amazon picks Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGAs to accelerate AWS, launches F1 instance with 8x VU9P FPGAs per instance
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January 24, 2018 at 04:37AM