October 10, 2017
NAGASE Partners with Accelize Extending FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service to Complex Data Analytics

 

October 10, 2017 - Tokyo, Japan and Aix-en-Provence, France –  NAGASE & CO., LTD., a developer of an unique search engine, and Accelize, an enabler of FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service, today announced that NAGASE will make its Axonerve™ search IP core available through the QuickAlliance™ network. By becoming a QuickAlliance ecosystem partner, NAGASE joins a growing number of world-class IP providers that offer their IP cores via the Accelize platform for plug-and-play creation and configuration of FPGA accelerators. Through this partnership, NAGASE’s advanced content-oriented search technology will be available to the fast-growing community of Cloud FPGA users. Accelize will feature a demonstration of the combined benefit of the Axonerve high-performance search IP and the Accelize framework at OVH summit in Paris on October 17, 2017.

“Accelize is enabling a paradigm shift in how the Cloud industry leverages the benefits of FPGAs with its FPGA Acceleration-as-a-service solution,” said Kiyoshi Sato, General manager of NAGASE.  “By being part of the QuickAlliance ecosystem, a growing number of accelerator developers will be able to select, test and integrate our IP into FPGA accelerators without needing FPGA design expertise or costly, complex licensing arrangements. As a QuickAlliance partner, our IP can be easily  integrated into a wide range of designs for multiple Cloud Service Provider instances.  We can’t see a better way to tap into the huge opportunity that FPGAs in the cloud represents.”

The QuickAlliance program brings together leading providers of FPGA accelerators, IP cores and libraries, FPGA boards and platforms, and design services into one unified ecosystem. FPGA accelerator developers use QuickPlay to create and customize accelerators. QuickPlay enables software developers to combine highly optimized IP cores provided by the QuickAlliance members (such as the Axonerve search IP being announced today) with their own custom functions. These accelerators can then be deployed on premise or as a service on Cloud Service Providers’ instances. By delivering products within QuickStore, QuickAlliance members gain access to a wider community of developers with no up-front costs.

“As we continue to work to empower FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service, we welcome NAGASE to our QuickAlliance ecosystem,” says Stephane Monboisset Director of Marketing and Business Development at Accelize. “Data Analytics will be a major pillar of FPGA acceleration in the Cloud, and it is essential for our customers to be able to have access to a wide range of high-value IP cores such as the Axonerve IP.”

IP providers interested in joining the QuickAlliance program should contact Accelize to understand how they can take part in this FPGA-as-a-service revolution.

 

About Axonerve

Axonerve is an IP core using pure, domestic proprietary algorithms and includes a wild card search function. It is suitable for applications such as networking, data mining, high-performance computing, and can perform search processing with high speed and low latency. For more information, visit us www.axonerve.com.

 

About Accelize

Accelize, a spinoff of PLDA Group, is focused on accelerating the adoption of FPGAs in the Cloud. With its QuickPlay software-defined FPGA development environment, QuickStore pay-per-use marketplace and QuickAlliance network of 3rd party accelerators and IP cores, Accelize is enabling FPGA Acceleration-as-a-service for Cloud Service Providers and developers looking to create, deploy, and monetize FPGA accelerators in IT infrastructures.  For more information, visit www.accelize.com

 

Accelize, QuickPlay, QuickStore, and QuickAlliance are trademarks of PLDA Group.

Tags: Search, IP, Nagase, Axonerve, QuickStore, QuickAlliance
September 11, 2017
PathPartner Technology and Accelize Announce Availability of HEVC / H.265 FPGA Decoder for QuickPlay Development Platform

 

Fremont, CA ‐‐ Sep 11, 2017 ‐‐ Pathpartner Technology, a leading provider of multimedia IP cores, software licensable modules and full-stack services, announces partnership with Accelize, a leading enabler of FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service.

Accelize brings a paradigm shift to the FPGA and Cloud industry with its QuickPlay® & QuickStore®products. FPGA accelerators can be deployed on premise or as a service on Cloud Service Providers’ instances. The pool of available functionality will now also include IP cores from Pathpartner Technology, beginning with decoding, but soon to include other video processing modules.

“The tidal wave of Acceleration of Cloud Services using FPGAs is coming upon the industry fast and Accelize is uniquely positioned to address that”, says Stephane Monboisset, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Accelize. “Pathpartner Technology is known worldwide for the quality of its video IP cores, and having them join us on this journey not only enables Accelize to address the growing demand for video transcoding solutions, but also plays as testimony to the quality of the ecosystem that we are building with the QuickAlliance.”

 

Pathpartner’s HEVC decoder on QuickPlay

Licensable ultra-low-latency universal HEVC decoder on Xilinx and Altera platforms

·        Supports IPP, IBBP and Random access.

·        Supports 8-bit and 10-bit.

·        Decodes in real-time 4KP30 or lower.

·        Fully compliant to ITU-T H.265 standard and supports Main-10 profile decoding

Characterized by minimal power-consumption and physical resource utilization, the high efficiency decoders perform with least resource utilization at 1080p @120 fps/4KP30 on FPGAs. The ultra-low-latency decoders support main profiles and up to Level 5.1

RamKishor Korada, Global head of Sales and Business Development at Pathpartner Technology says, “QuickPlay not only makes it easy for companies to use our IP blocks, but considerably reduces our effort in integrating our IP on various cloud platforms. Now our traditional software only based customers, can also integrate our FPGA based HEVC decoder IP block into their cloud workflow, strongly augmenting our current software only offerings.”

 

About Pathpartner Technology

Pathpartner Technology (California, USA) offers design, development and integration services in advanced embedded technology. Based out of California, USA; PathPartner Technology Inc is an affiliate of PathPartner Technology Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. Pathpartner Technology will be showcasing its HEVC offerings at IBC 2017 at RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands from 12-16 September. For more information about Pathpartner Technology and to schedule a meeting: hevc.pathpartnertech.com

Tags: Acceleration-as-a-Service, QuickPlay, QuickStore, Pathpartner Technology
July 27, 2017
OVH and Accelize Demonstrate the Value of FPGAs in the Cloud with GZIP Compression, from CAST, Achieving Acceleration Factors of >100x

 

FPGA-as-a-service.com is first open platform to offer free, easy evaluation of FPGA acceleration in the cloud

July 27th, 2017 – Roubaix, France – Accelize and OVH, in partnership with CAST, today announced the availability of GZIP compression on FPGA-as-a-service.com, the industry’s first online platform for FPGA acceleration evaluation that enables cloud users to evaluate FPGA acceleration for compute-intensive applications. GZIP Compression - the first accelerator available on the platform – is running an acceleration factor of over 100x, demonstrating the high value FPGAs bring to the cloud. fpga-as-a-service.com runs on the OVH Runabove FPGA server and leverages the QuickPlay® FPGA development framework from Accelize. The goal of fpga-as-a-service.com is to reduce the costly, complex process for evaluating and selecting FPGA IP cores by enabling cloud users to evaluate FPGA ​acceleration directly on the web through pre-built accelerators. The first accelerator available is GZIP compression with more hardware libraries and IP cores to be added over the coming weeks.

“2017 is the year of FPGAs. At OVH, we are committed to bring the value of these devices to our users worldwide, and this GZIP compression accelerator on Fpga-as-a-service.com running on our RunAbove FPGA server is a demonstration of this commitment.” said Germain Masse, Technical Director at OVH. “ Our dedication to cutting edge technology and the partnership we built with Accelize have enabled us to increase the flexibility and openness of our FPGA servers, as we are making the benefits of FPGAs in the cloud accessible to a wider range of users – even those with little or no FPGA expertise.”

This announcement builds on the partnership between Accelize and OVH announced in March, 2017, which enabled OVH users to operate pre-built FPGA accelerators on the RunAbove FPGA servers. OVH customers can also customize these accelerators or create new ones, using the QuickPlay/QuickStore® solution from Accelize.  The Accelize solution enables users to create FPGA accelerators without having to have any experience or knowledge of FPGAs.

“Having spent 20 years working with FPGAs, Accelize understands the tremendous performance improvements FPGAs provide for compute-intensive workloads such as compression, encryption, cryptography, deep learning and video processing.  We also recognize the barriers that have been holding up the mainstream adoption of FPGA technology and are working to remove them,” said Jean-Yves Brena, CEO of Accelize.  “fpga-as-a-service.com is the first of its kind and is one of the ways we are able to help new users leverage the benefits of FPGAs. fpga-as-a-service.com enables users to experience the value of FPGA acceleration in the cloud, starting with GZIP, making such evaluation easier and accessible to a wider range of users.”

 

About fpga-as-a-service.com

Fpga-as-a-service.com was created as a way for Accelize to help bring FGPA acceleration to more users, especially in the cloud. Fpga-as-a-service.com makes the benefits of FPGAs in the cloud more accessible. First, the site introduces new users to the value of FPGAs by allowing them to experiment with FPGA acceleration free of charge. Secondly, it lets users evaluate a range of FPGA hardware libraries before making a final decision on which one to use. Over the coming weeks and months, additional accelerators for workloads in areas such as security, video transcoding, deep learning and advanced searches will become available on the platform.

Accelize provides the pre-built accelerators for the RunAbove cloud server in cooperation with its QuickAlliance™ ecosystem partners. The current partners—CAST Inc., Barco Silex, and Logic Fruit (with many more in the works)—provide the hardware libraries (IP blocks) needed to create ready-to-use accelerators.  Currently, Accelize is adding IP providers and accelerator developers looking to make their products available in a cloud computing environment.  For more information, contact Accelize and ask about the QuickAlliance program.

 

About OVH

Founded in 1999, the OVH group innovates at the heart of the Internet, data centers (260,000 physical servers) and network (more than 10 Gbps bandwith capacity). As a result, today it is a major player in the European cloud market. Through its brands, OVH.com, So you start, RunAbove, and hubiC, the OVH group offers tools and solutions that are simple yet powerful, revolutionizing the way its 1,000,0000 worldwide customers work. Its credo is technology must serve business. Respect for the individual, freedom, and equal opportunity to access new technologies have always been and will be strong commitments of the company.

 

About Accelize

Spinoff of 20-year-old PLDA Group, Accelize aims to accelerate the adoption of FPGA-based reconfigurable hardware in IT infrastructures by streamlining the development and sale of FPGA accelerators with a unique, intuitive FPGA development flow and a business model that aligns with Cloud / data center needs. Its primary offerings, QuickPlay and QuickStore, are the result of years of research in the field of High-Level Design (HLD) and High-Level Synthesis (HLS) combined with the strong expertise in FPGA hardware and IP design. See www.accelize.com and follow @accelize on Twitter for more information.

 

Accelize, QuickPlay, and QuickStore are trademarks of PLDA Group.

RunAbove is a trademark of OVH.

Tags: OVH, Accelize, CAST, FPGA-as-a-Service, QuickPlay, QuickStore
September 08, 2017
FPGA-as-a-Service: How to develop efficient FPGA accelerators for Amazon F1 in ½ day with Accelize

 

On September 8th in Gent, Belgium, Accelize will hold a tutorial showing how to develop FPGA accelerators to target Amazon F1 using QuickPlay. Registration to the event can be done here: https://www.fpl2017.org/registration/

Following the success of last year’s QuickPlay presentation during the FSP workshop at FPL 2016, we decided to create a dedicated tutorial for all engineers and scientists eager to understand how they can take part in the FPGA-as-a-Service revolution using our framework.

Over the last 6 years, Accelize has developed QuickPlay and QuickStore to uniquely enable the creation of FPGA accelerators to be sold as-a-Service by Cloud Service Providers such as Amazon with their F1 instance.

The attendees of this tutorial will learn how to go through a complete FPGA accelerator design using 3rd Party IP cores, integrating their own algorithms using C/C++, targeting the Amazon F1 instance, and running/testing their design on the Amazon F1 instance all within the course of this tutorial, and this regardless of their HW/FPGA expertise.

Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba Cloud, OVH and many others have announced the availability of FPGAs in their Cloud infrastructures. This represents a major opportunity for the industry but also a major challenge as the success of these offerings will greatly depend on the availability of a large selection of ready-to-use efficient FPGA accelerators that Cloud end users can load onto their FPGA instances seamlessly (without even caring about the fact that these are FPGA designs).

The creation of this large catalog of FPGA accelerators requires a broad ecosystem of “accelerator developers” that can develop these accelerators very quickly and efficiently leveraging a large selection of 3rd Party IP cores without having to pay high upfront cost for these cores. Accelize has developed the QuickPlay/QuickStore framework to deliver just this:

QuickPlay is a software-defined FPGA design platform that enables a broad ecosystem of IP providers and accelerator developers. It offers a high-level C/C++ data-flow programming model that enables the integration of plug & play 3rd party IP blocks for users to choose from QuickStore. QuickPlay’s pure functional modeling fully abstracts the target hardware, while its cloud compilation fully abstracts FPGA tools.  QuickPlay is built on a unique correct-by-construction methodology that relies on source-level debug and therefore entirely eliminates the need for low-level hardware debug and logic simulation.  Finally, QuickPlay & QuickStore align FPGA acceleration monetization with the as-as-service cloud business model, through a unique pay-per-use mechanism based on any measurable metric such as time or data volumes.

Similar to the Apple Apps Store (and Google Play store) which democratized the development of applications for the smart phones, QuickPlay and QuickStore enables many companies, individuals and universities to develop valuable and efficient accelerators with this unique and fast growing tool flow, whether it is for research purposes or to be sold as a service on Amazon or other Cloud Services.

Tags: FPGA accelerators, Amazon F1, QuickPlay, FPGA-as-a-Service, QuickStore
May 09, 2017
Logic Fruit and Accelize Announce Strategic Partnership to deliver Next Gen IP cores

 

GURGAON, India - May 09, 2017 - Logic Fruit Technologies, one of the world’s foremost providers of Design Services & IPs Cores and Accelize, the leading accelerator content provider for FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service have announced a new strategic partnership. The partnership will combine Logic Fruit’s expertise in Design Services, Video & Security IPs Cores with Accelize’s market leading Cloud workload FPGA acceleration technologies to deliver solutions for today’s increasingly data rich world.

Logic Fruit has joined Accelize’s QuickAlliance™ network, a group of world’s top high-quality IP providers and FPGA accelerator developers, offering their services through Accelize’s QuickStore® for plug-and-play configuration of FPGA accelerators. These accelerators are in turn available in various Cloud Service Providers marketplaces to be sold as a service to their end users. In addition to providing IP Cores, Logic Fruit will also develop such accelerators for Cloud Service Providers taking an important and active role in this FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service major industry shift.

Sanjeev Kumar, CEO, Logic Fruit says,

We are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Accelize. By combining Logic Fruit’s expertise in Design Services & IPs Cores, and with Accelize’s unique position to address Cloud Service Providers’ need to operate FPGA accelerators in cloud, we can define exciting new opportunities for digital led transformation and IP business model.

Jean-Yves Brena, CEO, Accelize commented,

As we enter a new era of Cloud Computing, the tidal wave of Acceleration of Cloud Services using FPGAs is coming upon the industry fast and Accelize is uniquely positioned to address it.

The partnership with Logic Fruit opens up great opportunities in the domain of FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service (FAaaS), where Cloud Service Providers operate FPGA accelerators in the cloud to run compute-intensive tasks such as deep learning, big data analytics, database management, video processing and more.

IP providers and accelerator developers considering to make their products available to Cloud computing companies should contact Accelize and join the QuickAlliance program.

 

About Logic Fruit

Logic Fruit (India) is a world leader in Electronic Design Services (FPGA, ASIC, Board) as well as in Video Processing, Digital Protocols, IP Cores, Encryption and Communication Protocols. With two development centers at Gurgaon & Bangalore, India and corporate offices in New Delhi, India and San Francisco, US, Logic fruit has one of the industry’s best product portfolios and best-in-class support.

 

About Accelize

Spinoff of 20-year-old PLDA Group, Accelize aims to accelerate the adoption of FPGA-based reconfigurable hardware in IT infrastructures by streamlining the development and sale of FPGA accelerators with a unique, intuitive FPGA development flow and a business model that aligns with Could / data center needs. Its primary offerings, QuickPlay and QuickStore, are the result of years of research in the field of High-Level Design (HLD) and High-Level Synthesis (HLS) combined with the strong expertise in FPGA hardware and IP design.

Tags: QuickAlliance, FPGA Accelerator, QuickStore
April 19, 2017
Accelize Integrates Amazon EC2 F1 Instance into its QuickPlay/QuickStore Framework

 

Amazon FPGA Image (AFI) developers will soon benefit from QuickPlay’s Software Defined FPGA development platform and QuickStore’s pay-per-use IP business model, further enabling FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service.

San Francisco -- April 19, 2017 -- Accelize today announces that it is integrating the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) F1 instance into its QuickPlay®/QuickStore® framework. With this support, customers and partners can leverage the QuickPlay Software Defined FPGA development platform and its associated catalog of highly efficient 3rd party IP cores to seamlessly create Amazon FPGA Images (AFIs) regardless of their FPGA expertise. Beyond the availability of FPGAs in Cloud infrastructure, the success of FPGA Cloud acceleration also relies on the availability of pre-built accelerators that can be seamlessly loaded on the FPGA instances and the availability of a FPGA development flows that enable non-FPGA experts to create such accelerators efficiently and quickly. Accelize addresses both challenges with its QuickPlay/QuickStore framework. Leveraging its QuickPlay and QuickStore technology Accelize is building a large ecosystem of FPGA accelerator/AFI developers, who leverage the unique ease of design of QuickPlay and the availability of numerous affordable IP cores to create efficient AFI’s for numerous applications. With the Accelize solution they can create such AFI’s and add them to AWS Marketplace quickly and easily, leveraging the growing catalog of highly optimized 3rd Party IP cores without having to pay high upfront cost. Accelize is therefore welcoming 3rd party IP providers and accelerator/AFI developers to join the QuickAlliance ecosystem to take part in this FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service revolution.

F1 instances represent a paradigm shift to the FPGA industry and will reshape the way people leverage the performance advantage brought by these FPGA devices.

said Jean-Yves Brena, Chief Executive Officer of Accelize.

The integration of the F1 instance into our framework will enable a large pool of FPGA accelerator developers to build a comprehensive catalog of efficient and targeted AFI’s – to be available on AWS Marketplace – that will make the F1 instances usable by a larger group of customers.

Accelize will demonstrate how developers can create FPGA designs for Amazon F1 instances at the Amazon hosted workshop at the FCCM conference in Napa, CA on April 30th. Visitors will also be able to chat with Accelize’s CTO and Chief Architect and try the QuickPlay tool flow at the exhibit.

For more information about the Accelize offering for AWS, please visit: https://www.accelize.com/aws-f1.

For more information about the AWS workshop at the FCCM conference, please visit: http://fccm.org/2017/workshop.html.

About Accelize

Spinoff of 20-year-old PLDA Group, Accelize aims to accelerate the adoption of FPGA-based reconfigurable hardware in IT infrastructures by streamlining the development and sale of FPGA accelerators with a unique, intuitive FPGA development flow and a business model that aligns with Could / data center needs. Its primary offerings, QuickPlay and QuickStore, are the result of years of research in the field of High-Level Design (HLD) and High-Level Synthesis (HLS) combined with the strong expertise in FPGA hardware and IP design. See www.accelize.com and follow @accelize on Twitter for more information.

Accelize, QuickPlay, and QuickStore are trademarks of PLDA Group.

 

Contacts

Press Contact
Accelize
Stephane Hauradou, +1 (408) 273-4528
pr@accelize.com

Tags: Amazon, F1, EC2, FPGA, QuickPlay, QuickStore, Accelize
March 14, 2017
OVH and Accelize Partner to Deliver FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service through OVH RunAbove Lab

 

The OVH FPGA Server combined with the Accelize QuickPlay/QuickStore solution makes the use and programming of cloud-based FPGA Accelerators easier than ever before

March 14th, 2017 – Paris, France – OVH and Accelize today announced that they have entered into a partnership to better enable OVH’s cloud customers to leverage the processing capabilities of FPGAs in the form of FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service.

OVH first launched its FPGA server offering in summer 2016 as part of the RunAbove Lab, enabling users to evaluate FPGA capabilities by renting a dedicated FPGA Server where they can program and test their own FPGA designs. The partnership with Accelize now enables OVH users to operate pre-built FPGA accelerators on the RunAbove FPGA servers. These users can also customize these accelerators or create new ones, using the QuickPlay®/QuickStore® solution from Accelize, regardless of their FPGA expertise.

 “We see 2017 as the year of the FPGA in data centers, and we know that many of our customers are interested in these devices and the acceleration capability they bring,” said Germain Masse, technical director for OVH. “However, we also know from experience that developing FPGA accelerators is a challenging task for many who would like to use them. Accelize’s offering addresses this perfectly with a complete, high-level tool flow for development plus an ecosystem of experienced developers who can offer pre-built accelerators to our customers.”

Accelize provides the pre-built accelerators for the RunAbove cloud server in cooperation with its QuickAlliance™ ecosystem partners. The current partners—CAST Inc., Barco Silex, and Logic Fruit—provide the hardware libraries (IP blocks) needed to create these ready-to-use accelerators that are ideal for data centers, including GZIP Compression, GUNZIP decompression, and AES Encryption. RunAbove users can easily launch these FPGA accelerators to immediately evaluate the benefits of FPGA Acceleration. Additional accelerators developed by new QuickAlliance partners will be available shortly.

Developers who have the application knowledge but not necessarily the FPGA expertise can now create efficient and tailored FPGA Accelerators by seamlessly combining proven design library functions (IP blocks) – from a growing catalog of third party providers –  with their own specific logic functions defined using C/C++ code. They can in turn offer their newly developed accelerators for sale on the QuickStore marketplace with a business model that matches the Cloud computing as-a-Service model. 

“This exciting joint offering goes beyond FPGA evaluation to actually put custom FPGA development within reach of many more OVH customers,” said Jean-Yves Brena, COO at Accelize. “It also paves the way for how FPGAs will be used effectively in the Cloud, with a pool of FPGA accelerator developers creating and maintaining a large selection of ready-to-use accelerators that Cloud Service providers such as OVH can sell as a service.”

Cloud users seeking to evaluate FPGA acceleration can rent a so-equipped FPGA Server from OVHRunAbove and immediately evaluate the pre-built accelerators loaded on that server. They can then implement and test their own FPGA accelerator ideas by getting a QuickPlay subscription and using its complete, end-to-end, software defined tool flow to target the FPGA server, all without having any prior FPGA design expertise.

IP providers and accelerator developers looking to make their products available in a Cloud computing environment should contact Accelize and join the QuickAlliance program.

For more information about the joint OVH-Accelize offering please go to: https://www.accelize.com/ovh-runabove

For more information about the FPGA Server accessible through RunAbove go to: https://www.runabove.com/labs/FPGAAccelize

 

About OVH

Founded in 1999, the OVH group innovates at the heart of the Internet, data centers (260,000 physical servers) and network (more than 10 Gbps bandwith capacity). As a result, today it is a major player in the European cloud market. Through its brands, OVH.com, So you start, RunAbove, and hubiC, the OVH group offers tools and solutions that are simple yet powerful, revolutionizing the way its 1,000,0000 worldwide customers work. Its credo is technology must serve business. Respect for the individual, freedom, and equal opportunity to access new technologies have always been and will be strong commitments of the company.

 

About Accelize

Spinoff of 20-year-old PLDA Group, Accelize aims to accelerate the adoption of FPGA-based reconfigurable hardware in IT infrastructures by streamlining the development and sale of FPGA accelerators with a unique, intuitive FPGA development flow and a business model that aligns with Could / data center needs. Its primary offerings, QuickPlay and QuickStore, are the result of years of research in the field of High-Level Design (HLD) and High-Level Synthesis (HLS) combined with the strong expertise in FPGA hardware and IP design. See www.accelize.com and follow @accelize on Twitter for more information.

 

Accelize, QuickPlay, and QuickStore are trademarks of PLDA Group.

RunAbove is a trademark of OVH.
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Press Contacts

OVH - Lorine Schieber
+33 (0)9 74 53 08 57
lorine.schieber@corp.ovh.com

Accelize - Stephane Hauradou
+1 (408) 273-4528
pr@accelize.com

Tags: OVH, Run Above, FPGA-as-a-Service, CAST, Barco Silex, Silex Inside, Logic Fruit, FPGA, Cloud, Accelize, QuickStore, QuickPlay, QuickAlliance
December 15, 2016
PLDA Group Spins Off its QuickPlay FPGA Accelerator Technology into the Newly Formed Accelize

 

Growing adoption of the QuickPlay and QuickStore platforms are driving the creation of a dedicated structure to further support and accelerate the deployment of FPGA accelerators in data centers

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 15, 2016 - PLDA Group today announced the next step in its quest to make the hardware acceleration capabilities of FPGAs available to more developers: the spin-off of its QuickPlay® and QuickStore™ activities into a newly formed Accelize™ organization.

Accelize is dedicated to developing, marketing, and supporting technologies that make FPGA accelerator boards and appliances easier to acquire, build, and use. Accelize benefits from significant initial staffing—operating in offices in the USA and Europe—and today launched a new website for it at www.accelize.com.

QuickPlay has proven itself as an effective, high-level, graphical and C/C++ tool by which software engineers can implement data flow applications in FPGA boards efficiently with no hardware design expertise. It is used in conjunction with QuickStore, a collaborative online store offering both IP blocks for integration via QuickPlay, and ready-to-use FPGA accelerators already implemented for specific hardware platforms.

After generating positive market feedback and early customer successes, we’re ready to push this advanced technology even further,

said Arnaud Schleich, chief executive officer of PLDA Group.

FPGA accelerators are gaining momentum as key solutions for improving computing performance while reducing data center energy loads, yet they remain challenging to develop or even source. Accelize solves both problems.

Accelize accelerators exploit the massive parallel processing capability of FPGAs, and have been proven to significantly reduce the burden on CPUs for compute-intensive workloads in data centers and for cloud-based computing. Applications to date include data compression, encryption and cryptography, deep learning, and image and video processing.

Several IP blocks and accelerators are available in the Accelize QuickStore. This offering is expanding rapidly thanks to the contribution of the third-party companies part of the growing QuickAlliance partnership program.

More information about Accelize can be found on www.accelize.com or by contacting the Accelize team at info@accelize.com. Accelize, QuickPlay, and QuickStore are trademarks of PLDA Group.

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Accelize Public Relations: pr@quickplay.io, (408) 273-4528

Tags: Accelize, QuickPlay, QuickStore, QuickAlliance, FPGA, Cloud, PLDA, PLDA Group
June 22, 2016
PLDA GROUP launches QuickStore, a unique online Marketplace for developers and users of FPGA accelerators

 

Combination of QuickPlay’s innovative Software Defined FPGA development platform and QuickStore self-service IP library enables non FPGA experts to create FPGA designs rapidly and efficiently.

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22nd, 2016 - Today, PLDA GROUP announces the launch of its QuickStore online marketplace where QuickPlay users can select FPGA IP from multiple vendors to be used within their FPGA designs. QuickStore is a critical element of the QuickPlay strategy to bring FPGA design to a large audience of developers, way beyond the traditional pool of FPGA experts.

I feel PLDA is onto something with QuickPlay

said Dick Selwood of EEJournal.

But a great tool is typically not enough, and PLDA’s focus on the ecosystem, rather than just a standalone tool, is a shrewd decision, which should give PLDA an edge in a difficult, yet fast-growing market.
 

Today, the use of IP in FPGA designs is a challenge for most users:

Finding the right IP is a long process that often requires interactions with numerous IP vendors
Integrating IP can be difficult and costly when having to navigate documentation, customization options, and heterogeneous user interfaces
Evaluating IP in hardware is often limited or impractical, based on a predefined configuration or part of a specific design that are far from the conditions of the final deployment
IP vendors must cope with these challenges, consequently focusing on servicing a small number of high-value customers and ignoring a large number of smaller customers.

The objective with QuickStore is to provide developers with IP that is easy to integrate and evaluate in QuickPlay, affordable to license, and therefore at reach of all potential users. For this QuickStore offers:

Simple access: a growing selection of IP from multiple vendors directly available to all QuickPlay users in application domains such as datacenter, vision, imaging.
Effortless integration: The Plug and Play nature of QuickPlay guaranties seamless connection of IP, and simplifies integration of new IP.
Push-button evaluation: QuickPlay offers a built-in try-before-you-buy that enhances users’ confidence in their IP selection and security for the IP vendor.
Direct purchase: QuickStore offers a simple one stop shop where QuickPlay users can procure multiple IP from multiple vendors at once.
Flexible licensing: QuickPlay changes the paradigm for IP sales as it offers a pay as you go mechanism. The simplified sales process and reduced support effort enable IP vendors to fully leverage QuickPlay’s runtime licensing model. Customers pay per instantiation of the IP and are therefore not penalized by the traditional high upfront cost of IP.

All in all, QuickStore enables IP offering to meet IP demand in a way that was not possible before. For IP vendors QuickStore offers Intellectual Property Protection, ensuring that their valuable IP will not get lost or be misused, and Business Protection, ensuring that they will get remunerated according to the usage of their IP. For FPGA users QuickStore provides access to high value IP that were out of reach of many engineers because of their upfront cost and their complexity to integrate.

The combination of QuickPlay and QuickStore puts the barriers to FPGA adoption lower than ever before: QuickPlay for its true Software-Defined approach to FPGA design, and QuickStore for enabling an ecosystem that bridges the gap between vendors of FPGA design pieces and developers of FPGA enabled applications.

When we launched QuickPlay in early 2015 it was clear that this tool had the potential to bring the FPGA devices at reach of a much larger community of developers

said Gael Paul, CTO and Chief Architect for QuickPlay,

but it was also clear that reducing the barriers to adoption of IP was going to be as critical an element in the offering. I am proud to see this vision becoming a reality today with QuickStore.

 

As of today QuickStore contains IP from ALSE, Auviz Systems, CAST, Concurrent EDA, Crucial IP, Enyx and Image Matters. Work is currently ongoing to add IP from additional vendors in the near future.

IP vendors interested to join the QuickAlliance and make their IP available on the QuickStore marketplace should contact the partnership group at alliance@quickplay.io

Users looking to learn more about QuickPlay, QuickStore and interested to start a QuickPlay project can visit http://www.quickplay.io or sign up for a QuickPlay account at http://quickstore.quickplay.io 

 

Product Availability:

QuickPlay v2.1 is available today and supports numerous boards from Xilinx, ReFLEX and Image Matters. More FPGA platforms are being considered. The tool can be evaluated at no cost. Please visit QuickPlay online at www.quickplay.io or contact the QuickPlay team for details.

Tags: QuickStore, IP, online store, FPGA, hardware, boards, platforms, libraries, services
June 22, 2016
Adeas, ALSE, Auviz Systems, CAST, Concurrent EDA, Crucial IP, Enyx and Image Matters join the QuickAlliance Ecosystem

 

 

Market leaders are joining PLDA GROUP in its journey to reduce the barriers to FPGA adoption by seamlessly delivering their IP solutions to the fast growing community of QuickPlay users.

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22nd, 2016 - PLDA GROUP is proud to welcome Adeas, ALSE, Auviz Systems, CAST, Concurrent EDA, Crucial IP, Enyx and Image Matters to its QuickAlliance Ecosystem. By making their IP, design services expertise and FPGA platforms available for QuickPlay designs, the QuickAlliance partners enrich the QuickPlay offering, further reducing the barriers to FPGA adoption.

The ease of use and efficiency of QuickPlay makes it an ideal tool for numerous applications, and addressing these markets would not be possible without a comprehensive ecosystem of partners offering their IP into QuickStore,

said Arnaud Schleich, President and CEO of PLDA GROUP.

We are proud and honored to see these high quality IP vendors and design houses joining the QuickAlliance and embarking on this journey to reduce the barriers to FPGA adoption with us.

 

QuickPlay users are now able to use high value IP for encryption, compression, network protocol offload, video and image processing, to quickly and intuitively develop their data center, video, imaging and networking applications on the FPGA platforms supported by QuickPlay.

As Enyx started many years ago working jointly with PLDA Group to offer TCP and UDP offload engines as RTL IP Cores, we have been excited, from the beginning of QuickPlay's development, to see our network technologies integrated to the platform,

said Arnaud Derasse, CEO of Enyx.

Being part of the QuickAlliance makes seamlessly available our high quality network-enabled solutions to many more users than possible before.

The QuickStore and QuickPlay combination benefits both IP vendors and designers of FPGA-enabled applications as they put these IP at reach of users with limited hardware expertise or for which the traditional upfront costs associated with RTL hardware development cycles are a barrier to creativity and adoption.

We are excited about the QuickStore because it enables rapid integration of Concurrent EDA's high-performance IP,

Said Dr. Ray Hoare, CEO, Concurrent EDA.

Rather than paying the high cost of unlimited usage, QuickStore enables low-volume licensing of IP at a fraction of the cost and therefore making our IP available to a larger number of potential users.

 

The Quality of our IP have always generated a lot of request from a large amount of potential FPGA users to integrate our IP in their systems,

said Nikos Zervas CEO of CAST Inc.

While we have been challenged to address such high demand, QuickStore brings to us the opportunity to expand the reach of our IP and enable a much larger number of customers to benefit from it. In addition, QuickPlay also offers a great way for us to demonstrate and build applications around our IP.

 

We’ve spent years developing a portfolio of IP cores with outstanding image quality to address the needs of the video and broadcast industry,

said Steve Selby Partner at Crucial IP.

QuickStore and QuickPlay bring us a unique platform to connect to all potential users and deliver our IP widely and efficiently, thereby increasing sales.

 

Beyond the affordability of IP in QuickStore, QuickPlay users also benefit from the plug and play nature of QuickPlay enabling them to quickly and effortlessly integrate these IP in their designs. For IP vendors, by leveraging industry standards such as AXI-4 and IP-XACT, the integration of IP into QuickStore is effortless and contributes to the fast growing number of supported IP.

FPGA High Level Design is an appealing concept that generates a lot of interest among many of our existing and potential customers, but as always, the devil is in the details,

said Nagesh Gupta, CEO of Auviz Systems.

With QuickPlay not only were we impressed by the ease of use for our customers but also by the ease of integration of our IP within QuickStore which is an important business element for us.

 

Should QuickPlay users need extra assistance during the design phase, extract the maximum performance from the design through tailored HDL development they can turn to design services experts. Design services experts can also leverage their expertise in building complete FPGA systems by offering their designs to QuickStore customers in the form of ready to use Applications, generating a new source of revenue.

FPGA design has been growing increasingly more complicated over the years and we’ve seen quite a few companies turn to us for help on their designs or even give up on their FPGA projects altogether,

said Antoine Wijlaars, Managing Director of Adeas.

QuickPlay is great in the way it opens up efficient FPGA design to a much larger community of developers than ever before, and as there will always be a few people who will want to optimize their system to the max, we will be there to help them do just that.

 

As a design house, our developments have generated numerous high quality HDL blocks for FPGA, but it has always been a challenge for us to make them available as IP to customers world-wide,

said Bertrand Cuzeau, CEO of ALSE.

Moreover, customers face another challenge for integrating complex IP in modern FPGAs, boards and projects. QuickPlay and QuickStore address this with an innovative approach, and offers us a platform to make our work, IP cores and design services, easily available to a wide range of customers and expand our market.
 

QuickPlay and QuickStore represent a paradigm shift in accessibility of FPGA technology to a larger audience of developers. PLDA GROUP invites interested IP vendors and design houses to join the QuickAlliance ecosystem and contribute to the dissemination of FPGA technology. FPGA board vendors who wish to get their FPGA platform supported in QuickPlay can contact the QuickAlliance team at alliance@quickplay.io.

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Tags: ADEAS, Auviz Systems, ALSE, Concurrent EDA, Enyx, CAST, Crucail IP, partnership, alliance, QuickPlay, QuickStore, QuickAlliance