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IBM and Nallatech demo CAPI Flash at OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose

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The OpenPOWER Summit opened today in San Jose and the first demo I went to see was a (pre-product) technology demo by IBM and Nallatech. The two companies have been working on a reduced-cost way to attach large amounts of Flash memory to IBM’s POWER servers using the CAPI interface. Nallatech has built a CAPI Flash Adapter based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale KU060 FPGA and two Samsung NVMe Flash memory cards, as you can see in the image below:



Nallatech CAPI Flash Accelerator.jpg


Nallatech CAPI Flash Accelerator based on a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale KU060 FPGA




This adapter card delivers excellent performance and supports the same open-source software interfaces as does the larger, rack-mounted IBM Data Engine for NoSQL, but this Nallatech hardware costs less and plugs directly into existing servers rather than requiring a 2U rack slot.


Here are Allan Cantle, President and Founder of Nallatech, and JT Kellington, who is responsible for CAPI Bringup and Enablement for IBM Power Systems in the company’s Systems & Technology Group, to explain today’s technology demo:






For more information on CAPI, see “IBM’s OpenPOWER Foundation allows 3rd parties to enhance the POWER8 processor with coherent hardware accelerators using CAPI.”