Xilinx powers Huawei FPGA accelerated cloud server

Xilinx has announced that Huawei has chosen Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs to power its first FP1 instance as part of a new accelerated cloud service. The Huawei FPGA accelerated cloud server (FACS) is a platform that enables users to develop, deploy and publish new FPGA-based services and applications on Huawei Public Cloud.

While Huawei's FACS offers a complete infrastructure as a service, the Xilinx technology behind it can provide a 10-50x speed-up for compute intensive cloud applications such as machine learning, data analytics, and video processing, according to Xilinx, which made the announcement at Huawei Connect 2017 held in Shanghai last week.

The inherent ability of an FPGA to be reconfigured and reprogrammed at any time is a critical advantage in today's modern data centers, Xilinx said. Xilinx FPGAs can quickly change - in less than a second - to a different design that is hardware-optimized for its next workload. As a result, FPGAs can deliver the flexibility, application breadth, and feature velocity required by complex and constantly changing cloud application workloads - something that CPUs and custom ASICs cannot.

Huawei has over 15 years of experience in the development of FPGA systems for telecom and data center markets. "The Huawei FACS is a fully integrated hardware and software platform offering developer-to-deployment support with best-in-class industry tool chains and access to Huawei's significant FPGA engineering expertise," said Steve Langridge, director, Central Hardware Institute, Huawei Canada Research Center, as cited in a Xilinx press statement. "Xilinx is a clear industry leader in FPGA acceleration and our considerable collaboration, both in the labs and in standards groups, has enabled us to create the best value possible for our customers."