Tachyum upgrades software package for the Prodigy Universal Processor

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Tachyum has said that it has upgraded the software stack for the Prodigy Universal Processor before the anticipated launch of its beta version around the end of this quarter.

Quality completion of Prodigy’s software stack is a key component as the company continues to advance towards chip production and distribution.

Tachyum software engineers have worked to develop an ecosystem of applications, system software, frameworks and libraries that are ported to run natively on Prodigy hardware. Once the software package completes its testing and runs cleanly on the FPGA, the company can fully transition to advancing the Universal Processor into production.

The Prodigy software distribution is a completely integrated software stack and package that is ready for deployment “as is.” It is available as a single pre-installed image for Tachyum’s early adopters and customers.

According to Tachyum, applications have been tested to work out of the box so that customers can immediately start using the reference design. If users encounter any issues during deployment, the software can be quickly and easily restored to its original image.

Included in the software distribution package as part of alpha testing are:

  • Latest versions of the QEMU emulator 8.2
  • GCC 13.2 (GNU Compiler Collection) and glibc 2.39 (GNU C Library)
  • Linux 6.6 LTS (Long Term Support), which contains a large number of changes, updates and improvements

The company has also announced plans to switch to the LLVM 18 release once it is available to download. LLVM plays a significant role in every major AI framework.

Additionally, it is in the process of adding RAS (Reliability Accessibility Serviceability) in the form of an EDAC (Error Detection and Correction) driver in the next few weeks. Based on customer requests for server applications Tachyum agreed to add bootable SSD RAID next quarter to its UEFI.

Prodigy-powered data centre servers will be able to seamlessly and dynamically switch between computational domains (such as AI/ML, HPC, and cloud) with a single homogeneous architecture. By eliminating the need for expensive dedicated AI hardware and dramatically increasing server utilisation, Tachyum claims that Prodigy will reduce CAPEX and OPEX significantly while delivering significantly improved performance, power, and economics.

Prodigy integrates 192 high-performance custom-designed 64-bit compute cores, to deliver up to 4.5x the performance of the highest-performing x86 processors for cloud workloads, up to 3x that of the highest performing GPU for HPC, and 6x for AI applications.

“Having a robust software stack tested and ready to go upon the launch of the Prodigy Universal Processor chip is key to rapid adoption by data centres around the world looking to leverage their existing applications while achieving industry-leading performance for hyperscale, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence workloads,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, founder and CEO of Tachyum. “With each new enrichment we are able to incorporate into Prodigy’s software stack, we magnify the ability of a Prodigy platform ready to revolutionise the world.”