PROCESSING

Merrick3

17 November 2011

Enterpoint

Enterpoint has introduced the Merrick3, a scalable processing platform using advanced FPGA technology. Used standalone, in a large multi-board system, or as a personal computer accelerator, it can deliver a processing capability up to 1,000 times that of the more conventional X86 processor.

The Merrick3 is based on an array of 24 Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs and 16 DDR3 memories. Supported by two further FPGAs offering high speed data communications and nearly instantaneous on the fly reconfiguration, the platform delivers processing performance generally unobtainable in a standard personal computer.

Merrick3 is based on the standard PCI Express card format. The standard PCI Express interface offers high bandwidth data transfer between the board and a hosting motherboard. Using standard ATX motherboards, within standard PC cases, a small but high performance HPC system can be formed for difficult science and technology processing tasks. Going further, and for more advanced processing requirements, Enterpoint can supply turnkey solutions based on custom designed motherboards to construct systems of up to 10,000 boards and a resultant massive processing capability.

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