Convey Computer, which manufactures hybrid-core computers, has announced a new line of co-processors named Wolverine. The new products provide application-specific hardware acceleration for key algorithms and are designed with a PCIe 3.0 form factor. This means the coprocessors can be installed into standard servers that have PCIe 3.0 compatibility.
The Wolverine product line currently includes three models: Convey’s new WX Series hybrid-core (HC) servers; as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product; and as the recently announced Convey Memcached Appliance.
These new products incorporate the latest high-density Xilinx Virtex7 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Another feature of the Wolverine coprocessor is the unique Globally Shared Virtual Memory (GSVM) that allows the commodity host x86 processors and the on-board FPGAs to share the same virtual address space. This has the potential to simplify application development efforts.