Virtualized FPGA accelerators for efficient cloud computing

Suhaib A. Fahmy, Kizheppatt Vipin, Shanker Shreejith

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Abstract

Hardware accelerators implement custom architectures to significantly speed up computations in a wide range of domains. As performance scaling in server-class CPUs slows, we propose the integration of hardware accelerators in the cloud as a way to maintain a positive performance trend. Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) represent the ideal way to integrate accelerators in the cloud, since they can be reprogrammed as needs change and allow multiple accelerators to share optimised communication infrastructure. We discuss a framework that integrates reconfigurable accelerators in a standard server with virtualised resource management and communication. We then present a case study that quantifies the efficiency benefits and break-even point for integrating FPGAs in the cloud.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages430-435
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467395601
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016
Event7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Nov 30 2015Dec 3 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2015

Conference

Conference7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2015
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period11/30/1512/3/15

Keywords

  • Field programmable gate arrays
  • Heterogeneous architectures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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