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Adaptive Computing

Hardware that Adapts to Your Application

WHAT IS ADAPTIVE COMPUTING

Adaptive Computing Delivers Unique Flexibility

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Hardware that can be optimized for your exact application

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Comprehensive platforms, including runtime software

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Development Tools and accelerated APIs

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Hardware that can be Updated After Deployment

At its core, adaptive computing comprises silicon hardware that can be highly optimized for specific applications. This optimization occurs after the hardware is manufactured and can be repeated an almost infinite number of times. 

Because hardware can be updated after production deployment, operational systems can adapt to new requirements without needing new hardware to be installed. 

WHY CHOOSE ADAPTIVE COMPUTING?

Accelerates the pace of innovation

  • Accelerates leading-edge companies in developing innovative products and solutions
     

Delivers unparalleled efficiency

  • Adapt the hardware to the application, rather than the other way around
  • Improves performance of the whole application
     

Accessible to all developers

  • Use standard languages, frameworks and IDEs
  • Comprehensive accelerated APIs and reference designs
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Developers are Increasingly Moving to Adaptive Computing

“The Xilinx Adaptive Challenge gave me the opportunity to migrate my video analytics-based algorithms to Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGAs.
When I deployed my first CNN model on the Xilinx ZCU104 development kit, I was surprised by the large improvement in latency and throughput, compared to GPUs.
Adaptive SoCs, combined with Vitis AI provided me with an easy-to-deploy edge-AI solution.”
-Nevil Shah - Software Architect / LightSpeedAI Labs

ADAPTIVE PLATFORMS

Platforms Make Adaptive Computing Accessible

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Adaptive Platforms

Just like a production CPU can be given a new program to run, an adaptive platform can be given a new hardware configuration to adapt to, even in a live, production setting. The term adaptive platform refers to any type of product or solution that has adaptive hardware at its core.

Adaptive platforms include much more than just the silicon hardware / device; however, they also provide comprehensive software development tools and accelerated APIs.  In addition, adaptive platforms can include deployment-ready solutions such as the Alveo Data Center acceleration card

Differentiation vs. Other Technologies

In a fixed silicon device such as an Application-Specific Standard Product (ASSP), or even a CPU, the function of the device is defined upfront and that exact, fixed hardware function is then manufactured. If you need to change the function, you need to manufacture new hardware.

Differentiation with Other Technologies

Applications

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Skreens used Xilinx to build an ultra-low latency video streaming solution with a seamless, real-time experience.

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SK Telecom chose Xilinx to accelerate their real-time AI inference stack utilizing Xilinx Alveo™ U250 data center cards.

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Alibaba achieved 3.5X performance improvement and 75% savings in TCO with Xilinx.
 

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Adaptive History

FPGAs - the Foundation of Adaptive Computing

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)

The principles of adaptive computing were established in 1984 when Ross Freeman brought his idea for FPGAs to life with the founding of Xilinx. 

Although adaptive computing is built on top of FPGA technology, it has grown to encompass a great deal more, including new types of adaptive hardware such as Xilinx’s AI Engine.

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FPGA Defined

The ability to have the hardware function changed after manufacturing led to the FP, or "Field Programmable" in FPGA. It means the hardware can be programmed in the field after deployment into its production environment.

The "GA" in FPGA refers to Gate Array, which describes a blank canvas of hardware capable of being configured into a multitude of different functions.

Adaptive computing platforms have come a long way since the days of gate arrays, but the concept is still a valid way to explain how the underlying technology works.

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Make Adaptive Computing Work for You

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The Vitis™ software development platform provides a comprehensive set of tools that empower you to deploy Adaptive Computing features.

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Download the free Adaptable Computing Technology Overiew to learn more about Adative Computing advantages.

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The Xilinx developer site provides tutorials and downloadable projects giving you an easy onramp into Adaptive Computing and the Developer Community


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Explore How Xilinx Delivers Adaptive Computing

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Used in many applications

Learn about some of the key applications that can benefit most from adaptive computing technology.

Adaptive Computing Solutions
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Enabled with a variety of Xilinx products

Discover the broad portfolio of Xilinx products and solutions that enable adaptive computing.

Adaptive Computing Products
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Tools accessible to many developers

Learn about the advanced tools making adaptive computing accessible to all types of developers.

Adaptive Computing for Developers