Xilinx® Alveo™ U280 Data Center accelerator cards are designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the modern Data Center. Built on the Xilinx 16nm UltraScale+™ architecture, Alveo U280 offers 8GB of HBM2 460 GB/s bandwidth to provide high-performance, adaptable acceleration for memory-bound, compute intensive applications including database, analytics, and machine learning inference. The U280 acceleration card includes PCI Express 4.0 support to leverage the latest server interconnect infrastructure for high-bandwidth host processors.
Alveo accelerator cards are adaptable to changing acceleration requirements and algorithm standards, capable of accelerating any workload without changing hardware, and reduce overall cost of ownership.
These production Alveo U280 Data Center Accelerator cards can be volume deployed in data centers or used for application development and prototyping. Only the U280 active cards include a USB cable and right angle auxiliary power cable for developers.
Fast – Highest Performance
Adaptable – Accelerate Any Workload
Accessible – Cloud <-> On-Premises Mobility
|Card Specifications||U280 Production|
|INT8 TOPs (peak)||24.5||24.5|
|Width||Dual Slot||Dual Slot|
|Form Factor||Full Height, 3/4 Length||Full Height, Full Length|
|HBM2 Total Capacity||8GB||8GB|
|HBM2 Total Bandwidth||460GB/s||460GB/s|
|DDR Format||2x 16GB 72b DIMM DDR4||2x 16GB 72b DIMM DDR4|
|DDR Memory Capacity||32GB||32GB|
|DDR Total Bandwidth||38GB/s||38GB/s|
|Internal SRAM Capacity||41MB||41MB|
|Internal SRAM Total Bandwidth||30TB/s||30TB/s|
|PCI Express||Gen4x8 with CCIX||Gen4x8 with CCIX|
|Network Interfaces||2x QSFP28 (100GbE)||2x QSFP28 (100GbE)|
|Look-up Tables (LUTs)||1,079,000||1,079,000|
|Maximum Total Power||225W||225W|
The preferred optimal design flow for targeting the Alveo Data Center accelerator card uses the Vitis™ software platform. Steps to deploy and develop using Vitis are given below. Long-time FPGA designers might want to use traditional design flows, such as RTL or HLx. This flow does not require installing the Vitis platform.
Follow steps 1 and 2 for deploying or developing applications on the U280 accelerator card.
The Xilinx runtime (XRT) is a low level communication layer (APIs and drivers) between the host and the card.
IMPORTANT: Please enter the following command before installing the XRT:
$ sudo yum-config-manager --enable rhel-7-server-optional-rpms
$ sudo yum install -y https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
$ sudo yum install epel-release
The deployment target platform is the communication layer physically implemented and flashed into the card.
In addition to steps 1 and 2, also follow steps 3 and 4 for development on the U280 using the Vitis design flow.
The target platform interface for development is required if you are building your own applications.
For development using RTL and HLx, follow these steps: