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Alveo U280 Data Center Accelerator Card

  • Lead Time: 2 weeks
Overview

Product Description

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.


Key Features & Benefits

Fast – Highest Performance

  • High performance compute resources combined with high bandwidth memory for over 8x improvement in database workload performance

Adaptable – Accelerate Any Workload

  • Database search to natural language processing to any workload using the same accelerator card. As workload algorithms evolve, use reconfigurable hardware to adapt faster than fixed-function accelerator card product cycles

Accessible – Cloud <-> On-Premises Mobility

  • Deploy solutions on the cloud or on-premises interchangeably, scalable to application requirements

Alveo Accessories

Alveo optional accessories extend the capabilities and access to Alveo data center acceleration cards. Accessories include power adapter cables and USB cables.

Specifications
Card Specifications U280 Production
Thermal Cooling Passive Active
Compute
INT8 TOPs (peak) 24.5 24.5
Dimensions
Width Dual Slot Dual Slot
Form Factor Full Height, 3/4 Length Full Height, Full Length
DRAM Memory
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
SRAM Memory
Internal SRAM Capacity 41MB 41MB
Internal SRAM Total Bandwidth 30TB/s 30TB/s
Interfaces
PCI Express Gen4x8 with CCIX Gen4x8 with CCIX
Network Interfaces 2x QSFP28 (100GbE) 2x QSFP28 (100GbE)
Logic Resources
Look-up Tables (LUTs) 1,079,000 1,079,000
Power
Maximum Total Power 225W 225W
Documentation
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Getting Started

Set Up Alveo U280 On-Premises

Test Drive Alveo U280 in the Nimbix Cloud

Test Drive

Alveo U280 Package File Downloads

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.

Vitis Design Flow

Set Up the Alveo U280 for Deploying Applications On-Premises

Follow steps 1 and 2 for deploying or developing applications on the U280 accelerator card.

1.

Download the Xilinx Runtime

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: 

RedHat:

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

CentOS:

sudo yum install epel-release

2.

Download the Deployment Target Platform

The deployment target platform is the communication layer physically implemented and flashed into the card.


Develop Your Own U280 Accelerated Applications

In addition to steps 1 and 2, also follow steps 3 and 4 for development on the U280 using the Vitis design flow.

4.

Download the Vitis Design Environment

The Xilinx Vitis software platform provides a framework for developing accelerated applications.


To access prior versions of the package files, visit the Package File Archives Page.

Vivado Design Flow

Develop Your Own Alveo U280 Accelerated Applications in Vivado

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