The XACCs are intended to provide critical infrastructure and funding to support research in adaptive compute acceleration for high performance computing (HPC).
The scope of the research, according to Xilinx, will be broad and encompasses systems, architecture, tools and applications.
The XACCs will be equipped with the latest Xilinx hardware and software technologies for adaptive compute acceleration. Each cluster is specially configured to enable some of the world’s foremost academic teams to conduct state-of-the-art HPC research.
The first of the XACCs has been installed at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, with further XACCs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). A fourth cluster is being setup at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The XACCs are composed of high-end servers, Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards and high speed networking. The servers are equipped with the latest Xilinx software including Vitis, a unified software platform for software engineers, AI researchers and data scientists.
All four XACCs are expected to be operational within the next three months and will be expanded with the newest 7nm Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) in a future deployment.
“With the decline of Moore’s law, we are entering an exciting era where the next wave of computing systems will look very different to what we have seen in the past, and adaptive compute accelerators will play a key role,” said Ivo Bolsens, CTO and senior vice president, at Xilinx. “The XACCs will provide dedicated hubs for innovation and research collaboration that will drive the development and integration of new adaptive compute technology into next generation systems.”
Xilinx is inviting leading academics to join the XACC program and collaborate on state-of-the-art HPC research. Partner research teams will be able to remotely access the clusters’ computing resources to carry out their own research in adaptive computing.
The XACCs will also act as a community hub for researchers to come together to collaborate with other experts in the field, including Xilinx in-house research groups