Meet AMD's new Alveo V80 Compute Accelerator Card

AMD’s new Alveo V80 Compute Accelerator Card has been designed to overcome performance bottlenecks in compute-intensive workloads that include HPC, data analytics and network security.

  • May 29, 2024 | Author: Peter Krass
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Are you or your customers looking for an accelerator for memory-bound applications with large data sets that require FPGA hardware adaptability? If so, then check out the new AMD Alveo V80 Compute Accelerator Card.

It was introduced by AMD at ISC High Performance 2024, an event held recently in Hamburg, Germany.

The thinking behind the new component is that for large-scale data processing, raw computational power is only half the equation. You also need lots of memory bandwidth.

Indeed, AMD’s new hardware adaptable accelerator is purpose-built to overcome performance bottlenecks for compute-intensive workloads with large data sets common to HPC, data analytics and network security applications. It’s powered by AMD’s 7nm Versal HBM Series adaptive system-on-chip (SoC).

Substantial gains

AMD says that compared with the previous-generation Alveo U55C, the new Alveo V80 offers up to 2x the memory bandwidth, 2x the PCIe bandwidth, 2x the logic density, and 4x the network bandwidth (820GB/sec.).

The card also features 4x200G networking, PCIe Gen4 and Gen5 interfaces, and DDR4 DIMM slots for memory expansion.

Appropriate workloads for the new AMD Alveo V80 include HPC, data analytics, FinTech/Blockchain, network security, computational storage, and AI compute.

In addition, the AMD Alveo V80 can scale to hundreds of nodes over Ethernet, creating compute clusters for HPC applications that include genomic sequencing, molecular dynamics and sensor processing.

Developers, too

A production board in a PCIe form factor, the AMD Alveo V80 is designed to offer a faster path to production than designing your own PCIe card.

Indeed, for FPGA developers, the V80 is fully enabled for traditional development via the Alveo Versal Example Design (AVED), which is available on Github.

This example design provides an efficient starting point using a pre-built subsystem implemented on the AMD Versal adaptive SoC. More specifically, it targets the new AMD Alveo V80 accelerator.

Supermicro offering

The new AMD accelerator is already shipping in volume, and you can get it from either AMD or an authorized distributor.

In addition, you can get the Alveo V80 already integrated into a partner-provided server.

Supermicro is integrating the new AMD Alveo V80 with its AMD EPYC processor-powered A+ servers. These include the Supermicro AS-4125GS-TNRT, a compact 4U server for deployments where compute density and memory bandwidth are critical.

Early user

AMD says one early customer for the new accelerator card is the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the national research organization of Australia.

CSIRO plans to upgrade an older setup with 420 previous-generation AMD Alveo U55C accelerator cards, replacing them with the new Alveo V80.

 Because the new part is so much more powerful than its predecessor, the organization expects to reduce the number of cards it needs by two-thirds. That, in turn, should shrink the data-center footprint required and lower system costs.

If those sound like benefits you and your customers would find attractive, check out the AMD Alveo V80 links below.

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