Xilinx, now a part of AMD, continues to support the development of configurable devices. The company came up with the initiative of launching the Xilinx Adaptive Compute Clusters (XACC). These are now known as the Heterogenous Accelerated Compute Clusters (HACC).
The company launched XACC Xilinx as its contributions to the development of adaptive compute acceleration. The company has also collaborated with top universities to offer the program.
At the core of the XACC Xilinx is the support for novel research into the best ways to facilitate the acceleration of compute applications, especially via the High Performance Computing (HPC).
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The XACC Xilinx is one of the programs offered by Xilinx at some of the prestigious universities. These programs are targeted at developers and programmable device students who are interested in accessing the software and AMD Xilinx development boards dedicated to the academic community.
Breaking Down the Clusters
The clusters making up the XACC Xilinx or HACC are further broken down to accommodate some of the best research options. At the core of these clusters is the provision of the resources needed for the conducting of the state-of-the-art High Performance Computing (HPC).
What Does it take to Access the XACC Xilinx?
The XACC Xilinx is open to as many as are interested in the development of HPCs. However, the utmost priority is given to both developers and researchers who are actively working in some of the relevant areas of HPC.
Also, these researchers are expected to apply to be a part of the HACC before they can be admitted.
Aside from being a training program for researchers into HPC, the XACC Xilinx is also a broader ecosystem for researchers to connect. Both experts and researchers can leverage the program to foster an active relationship that will bolster the outcome of the HPC researches.
Xilinx has made the Heterogenous Accelerated Compute Clusters (HACC) available to researchers and partners at different parts of the world. The universities are strategically located in the US, Singapore and Switzerland.
The core XACC Xilinx partner universities are:
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- ETH Zurich
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Paderborn University
- University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne (UIUC)
Technical Components of the XACC Xilinx
The program covers both hardware and software. The most significant component or property is the high-speed networking tools. The program also covers Versal accelerator cards, high-end servers and the Xilinx Alveo.
The high-end servers have also been equipped with the latest Xilinx software, including the Xilinx Vitis. The Xilinx Vitis is a dedicated, unified software platform for Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers, software engineers and data scientists. These set of users are expected to have an interest in the adaptive compute acceleration market.
Xilinx launched the Xilinx Adaptative Compute Clusters (XACC), now the Heterogenous Accelerated Compute Clusters (HACC) to help data scientists, software engineers and AI researchers to gain in-depth knowledge of programming adaptative devices.
If you are interested in this market or targeted applications, look up the XACC Xilinx in any of the partner universities to get started.