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HPE adopts Intel acceleration in analytics server

Steve Rogerson
August 8, 2019



Intel is working with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to increase workload acceleration capacity for the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server for computing-intensive markets such as streaming analytics, media transcoding, financial technology and network security.
 
The Intel D5005 FPGA programmable acceleration card (PAC) is the second card in the firm’s PAC portfolio and is shipping now in the ProLiant server.
 
"The HPE ProLiant Gen10 server family is the world's most secure, manageable and agile server platform available on the market today,” said Bill Mannel, vice president at HPE. “By integrating the Intel FPGA PAC D5005 accelerator into the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server, we are now delivering optimised configurations for an increasing number of workloads, including AI inferencing, big data and streaming analytics, network security and image transcoding. Combined with our broad portfolio of services from HPE Pointnext, we enable our customers to accelerate time to value and increase RoI."
 
Applications such as streaming analytics, artificial intelligence including speech to text and media transcoding require large amounts of computational capability to meet increasing demands. Data centres use hardware accelerators for specific workloads that can most benefit from FPGA hardware acceleration. Diverting such tasks to tailored hardware accelerators offloads suitable workloads and frees a server's CPU cycles for higher value workloads. Offloading appropriate workloads lowers the data centre operator's total cost of ownership.
 
The D5005 has more logic, memory and networking capability than previous PACs. It is now qualified in the ProLiant server, offering a higher performance PAC option in addition to the already shipping Intel PAC with the Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA.
 
The D5005 acceleration card, which is based on an Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA, provides inline and look-aside workload acceleration to servers based on Intel Xeon scalable processors using the Intel acceleration stack, which includes acceleration libraries and development tools.
 
HPE is the first server OEM to announce pre-qualification of the D5005 accelerator card for use with its servers, specifically the ProLiant Gen10. Other server vendors are also qualifying the D5005 accelerator card.
 
Initial workloads specifically developed for the D5005 include: AI speech-to-text translation from Myrtle; network security from Algo-Logic; image transcoding from CT Accel; and video transcoding from Ibex.
 
The D5005 is the latest in a growing line of FPGA-based server-accelerator cards from Intel. Compared with the Intel programmable acceleration card with Arria 10 GX FPGA, the D5005 has more resources including three times the amount of programmable logic, as much as 32Gyte of DDR4 memory (a fourfold increase) and faster Ethernet ports – two 100GE ports versus one 40GE port. With a smaller physical and power footprint, the PAC with Arria 10 GX FPGA fits a broader range of servers, while the D5005 is focused on providing higher acceleration.