Sundance continues to scale new heights with its breakthrough RASS – Reconfigurable, Accelerating, Scalable SuperComputing solution.
To meet industry demand for energy efficient, extremeparallel processing, RASS uses the very latest Virtex 5 FPGAs that include 640 Xilinx XtremeDSP slices capable of delivering up to 352 GMACs of performance. Sitting on a carrier board, multiple FPGAs can be connected via a Rocket Serial Link (RSL) I/O interface and the overall architecture is truly modular with over 20 different daughter card combinations available.
Interfacing is a breeze for RASS. The SMT148-FX carrier board offers SATA, USB 2.0, FireWire, 1Gigabit Ethernet, RS485, RS232, LVDS interfaces. It also contains a Virtex-4 FX60 FPGA that includes two PowerPC cores that can be used as interface controllers, leaving the FPGAs free for extreme coprocessor acceleration.
To simplify programming RASS is supported by high-level design tools from The MathWorksTM and Xilinx. RASS is compatible with Diamond® from 3L to offer an integrated development environment for the FPGA and PowerPC via anEclipse front-end.
And because RASS is much more energy efficient than processor only solutions, it has much lower cooling requirements and contributes to reducing the overall carbon footprint of IT.
Overall it’s a win-win solution that makes others ‘green‘ with envy!