11/22/2004 - Nallatech Ltd. announced that Mitrionics AB of Lund, Sweden has selected the Nallatech BenNUEY family of FPGA-based processing systems as the development platform for its Mitrion design environment for High Performance Computing systems.
“We chose Nallatech’s solution because they provided us with a very smooth path to add FPGA processing to conventional computing environments. There was minimum effort and resource required to complete the platform, as everything from drivers to host communication was taken care of,” said Anders Dellson, CEO of Mitrionics. He continued, “What’s more the Nallatech platforms work; the documentation is accurate and they deliver the promised performance - something which we have found is not always the case with alternatives.”
The Mitrion design tools enable scientists and engineers with programming skills to exploit the power of parallel processing in FPGAs, giving them supercomputer performance for their algorithms, in desktop computers, without needing to design custom hardware.
In typical applications such as computer vision, gene sequencing, BLAST analysis, biological simulations and encryption, the complexity and scope of the computer analyses being performed requires massive processing power and flexibility. Using the Mitrion design suite and the Nallatech platform to implement the user's algorithms customers are already reporting order-of-magnitude performance improvements spending only weeks on the implementation. Recent successes have included achieving a 30x speed increase in the operation of a gene identification algorithm and delivering over 50x more processing power for FFT related tasks in workstations. In a pharmaceutical image processing application, Mitrion's technology helped reduce a 5.5 day analysis task to an overnight operation.
“The scientist, engineers and mathematicians in these HPC environments would rather spend their time trying new approaches to problems and optimising algorithms than designing the software and hardware systems that these analysis tools run on,” said Dr. Malachy Devlin, Nallatech’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Using the Mitrion tools to access the parallel processing capabilities of our FPGA-based platforms frees up valuable time for researchers and due to the reconfigurable nature of the technology removes the constraints of dedicated hardware, enabling the iterative improvements and continuous exploration of ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.”
The Mitrion Development Environment
The Mitrion Development Kit from Mitrionics AB includes a compiler, graphical debugger and code-simulator. The compiler is a fast and simple command-line tool that compiles a typical Mitrion-c program in seconds. It automatically creates c/C++ header-files with the correct function prototype for easy integration with non-Mitrion code.
The debugger gives the programmer a hierarchical view of all the parallel processes and their interactions making it easy to find programming errors, performance bottlenecks and inefficient code. All the common debugging tools, such as watchpoints, breakpoints, and call-dependencies are included.
The Mitrion-c compiler and debugger are compatible with Solaris, Linux and Windows. Third-party tools are used for Synthesis and Place & Route.
The Nallatech Platform
The BenNUEY platform makes full use of Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs to offer users a vast processing resource with which to implement complex algorithms. Key features of the Virtex-II Pro family include Multi-Gbit Transceivers, dedicated PowerPC processor cores and increased memory capacity compared to the Xilinx Virtex-II range, making it ideal for the most demanding computational operations.
As part of Nallatech’s DIME-II range, the BenNUEY processing boards provide full support for all DIME-II modules, three of which can be housed on the BenNUEY at any time. The DIME-II modules feature a module-to-motherboard bandwidth of up to 10Gbyte/s, meaning that users can easily scale their system to meet the needs of the most demanding applications without having performance compromised by I/O bottlenecks. Support for industry-standard form factors and interfaces ensure easy communication with and integration to existing systems. All products are fully supported by Nallatech’s FUSE Reconfigurable Computer Operating System and DIMEtalk.
Mitrion will be demonstrated on Nallatech’s booth (#1934) at SC2004 in Pittsburgh 6th to 12th November 2004 for conference details please see www.sc-conference.com/sc2004/
Mitrion programmes FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) faster than anyone else on the market, thereby providing customers with revolutionary computer power for their most critical applications. The Mitrion technology makes high performance computing accessible and powerful on a whole new level and this helps customers become successful. Mitrion was developed by Mitrionics AB and was founded in 2000 and is located at Ideon Research Park in Lund, Sweden. For more information please visit: www.mitrion.com.
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