Xilinx unveils new hardware to accelerate DC performance
Published 26 February 2021
IT hardware giant Xilinx has recently unveiled an ‘industry first’ hardware solution for data centers that would supercharge the performance of modern data centers.
The new Alveo SN1000 SmartNIC is a composable SmartNIC which essentially has the ability to create, program, and customise network functions without replacing the hardware. This function makes the chip suitable for data centers that handle and maintain high volumes of data under a fast-paced environment.
A Smart network interface card (SmartNIC) is a type of processing card that performs a variety of functions for the CPU, such as packet processing.
Xilinx’s DC game plan
Since its acquisition by chipmaking mega player AMD last year for an industry record-breaking $35 billion, Xilinx has been actively looking to assert a larger presence in the data center industry with new products and solutions.
“Data centers are transforming to increase networking bandwidth and optimize for workloads like artificial intelligence and real-time analytics,” said Salil Raje, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xilinx’s Data Center Group.
“These complex, compute-intensive and constantly-evolving workloads are pushing existing infrastructure to its limits and driving the need for fully composable, software-defined hardware accelerators that provide the adaptability to optimize today’s most demanding applications as well as the flexibility to quickly take on new workloads and protocols, and accelerate them at line rate,” he added.
The first model of the Alveo SmartNIC family, Alveo SN1022, will be generally available in March 2021.