Altera Stratix IV FPGAs Accelerate Novo-G Reconfigurable Supercomputer

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) updated their Novo-G supercomputer with Altera Stratix IV FPGA devices. As a result, CHREC increased the system memory and acceleration of the world’s most powerful supercomputer by a factor of two. CHREC was able to realize a greater performance-to-cost ratio with modest increases in size, power and cooling.

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing is a leading research body focused on reconfigurable computing. CHREC consists of over thirty organizations. The body is made up of representatives from the academic, industry and government sectors with a common interest in reconfigurable computing for a broad range of applications.

CHREC’s Novo-G supercomputer accelerates new algorithms by a factor of ten or more in bioinformatics, signal and image processing and other applications where large amounts of data need to be managed and analyzed. Stratix IV FPGAs were deployed on GiDEL PROCStar-IV boards in the Novo-G to enable a scaling up (increased performance per node) in the supercomputer configuration and to double the overall system memory. The configuration also scales out (to many nodes) for use in large data centers where the inherent advantages of Altera FPGAs like parallelism, pipelining, bit manipulation, data streaming and lower power take place.

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