Software modules for popular AI workloads supplied pre-loaded

03-10-2019 | Arrow | Semiconductors

Arrow Electronics simplifies infusion of AI into high-performance computing with a new software platform ready to run on the BittWare 385A FPGA accelerator card.

The company's engineering team has built ready-to-use software modules in OpenCL that assist users in building custom engines for compute-intensive workloads in applications including image processing and facial recognition. As a standardised, open environment for parallel programming of heterogenous computing systems, which defines standard programming languages and contains APIs, OpenCL assures users can finish their projects quickly employing familiar techniques. The company's new AI platform incorporates a compiler, which allows customers to also create their own applications if wanted.

“BittWare is excited to be playing an active role in Arrow’s Testdrive program which is helping to grow the market for FPGA-based acceleration,” said Craig Petrie, vice-president of marketing for BittWare. “Our optimized BSPs for the Intel OpenCL SDK provides a familiar programming experience for software-orientated customers wishing to benefit from the performance improvements and energy-efficiencies achievable using Intel FPGA technology.”

By Natasha Shek