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Huawei Cloud is looking for partners (and customers) to expand its FaaS (FPGA as a Service) Ecosystem

by Xilinx Employee on ‎01-23-2018 03:08 PM (19,657 Views)

 

Earlier this month at the Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF) in Frankfurt, Huawei’s Principal Hardware Architect Craig Davies gave a half-hour presentation about Huawei Cloud’s FaaS (FPGAs as a Service). His primary mission: to enlist new Huawei Cloud partners to expand the company’s FACS (FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server) FaaS ecosystem. (Huawei announced the FACS offering at HUAWEI CONNECT 2017 last September, see “Huawei bases new, accelerated cloud service and FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server on Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs.”)

 

Huawei’s FACS cloud offering is based on a PCIe server card that incorporates a Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ VU9P FPGA. (Huawei also offers the board for on-premise installations.) In addition to the hardware, Huawei offers three major development tools for FACS:

 

 

  • An SDAccel-based shell that offers fast, easy development. SDAccel is Xilinx’s development environment for C, C++, and OpenCL. This shell also provides access to Xilinx’s Vivado development environment.

 

  • A DPDK shell for high-performance applications. Intel originally developed DPDK as a packet-processing framework for accelerated server systems and Huawei’s implementation can support throughputs as high as 12Gbytes/sec.

 

 

  • A Professional Simulation Platform that encapsulates more than two decades of Huawei’s FPGA development experience.

 

 

With these offerings, Davies said, Huawei is looking to add partners to expand its ecosystem and is particularly interested in talking to companies that offer:

 

  • Accelerator IP
  • Design services
  • Solution providers
  • Domain expertise

 

There’s a Huawei Cloud Marketplace that serves as an outlet for FACS applications. The company is also welcoming end users to try the service.

 

Here’s a video of Davies’ 32-minute presentation at XDF:

 

 

 

 

 

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