By Daniel Eaton, Xilinx Senior Manager, Market Development, Accelerated Computing
At XDF Beijing today, we were thrilled that Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Amazon EC2 F1 FPGA instances are now available for preview in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet. This news follows a similar disclosure made at XDF Silicon Valley announcing F1 expansion into Frankfurt, London, and Sydney. In the last year, customer demand has prompted the growth of F1 from a single region in the U.S. to eight regions worldwide.
AWS is the world’s largest cloud computing service provider, where individuals, companies and governments can access reliable, scalable and inexpensive cloud computing services, available throughout 18 geographic regions across the globe.
F1 is a class of instances powered by Xilinx FPGAs to create fast, custom hardware accelerations for workloads including data analytics, AI inference, video and image processing, genomics and more.
Additionally at XDF Silicon Valley, Twitch, the largest and fastest growing live streaming video service in North America announced that the AWS F1 server platform enabled them to build the industry’s first broadcast-quality, live streaming platform using the new VP9 video encoding format. F1 provided 30X greater performance over CPU, GPU and ASIC implementations.
AWS users can leverage pre-built F1 accelerated applications from the AWS Marketplace. Today there are 36 FPGA accelerated applications and libraries available for F1 (App directory). Software developers can use OpenCL and C/C++ to build customer accelerators (github), and hardware developers can leverage F1 to develop and deploy FPGA accelerations using Verilog and VHDL (github).
Want to learn more? For software and hardware developers interested in F1, check out the new self-paced tutorial just launched by Xilinx.
Gadi Hutt, senior director of business development and product for Amazon Web Services, speaking at the AWS Global Summit in New York City.