Arrow Electronics simplifies AI implementation into high-performance computing with a new platform ready to run on the BittWare 385A FPGA accelerator card. The software modules edited by Arrow are suitable for popular AI workloads, supplied pre-loaded on powerful, configurable heterogeneous compute engine and available through Arrow Testdrive™. Created in OpenCL, these modules help users build custom engines in applications such as image processing and facial recognition. The new AI platform comprises a compiler to let users create their own applications if desired.
The modules are provided preloaded on the accelerator card and currently include vector addition, FFT and 2-dimensional FFT, edge detection, file transcoding, face detection, and Sobel edge detection. New functions to extend support and accelerate adoption are created continuously. The BittWare 385A includes the Intel Arria 10 1150 GX FPGA, connected to the host via PCI Gen 3 x8 and to two 40Gb Ethernet QSFP+ optical interfaces for off-board communication. The accelerator card contains two banks of 4-16GB DDR3 capable of up to 2133 MTransfer/s.