BittWare Receives IBM Industry Solution Reseller Status and Announces Availability of IBM-based PCIe Application-Ready Deployable Financial Platform

FPGA platform is the first complete IBM-based solution available from BittWare as an approved IBM Industry Solution Reseller (ISR), designed for financial and network processing applications.

June 4, 2013

CONCORD, NH – BittWare, the leader in Altera-based FPGA COTS boards, announced today that they have received IBM Industry Solution Reseller (ISR) approval and that they have collaborated with IBM and Network Allies, an IBM Business Partner and Industry Solution Integrator (ISI), to provide their customers with an Altera® Stratix®-based server platform for Financial Acceleration, High Frequency Trading (HFT) and network processing applications.  IBM provides ISR-status through their Business Partner program, ensuring that OS and application software and all platform components including chassis, processors, memory, disk drives, internal storage, redundant array of independent disks (RAID) and FPGA-based COTS boards work together seamlessly.  The first application-ready IBM platform available from BittWare – the PCIe Financial Acceleration Platform – is based on BittWare’s Altera Stratix V PCI Express boards and IBM® System x® server.  The platform provides a fully tested FPGA-based system ready for deployment to the financial industry, significantly minimizing their risk and lowering the cost associated with bringing their Financial Acceleration and HFT solutions to market.

“BittWare’s product development teams have worked closely with IBM hardware to ensure that our Stratix V-based PCIe boards configure seamlessly with IBM System x servers,” stated Ron Huizen, Vice President of Systems and Solutions at BittWare. “We’re pleased to be able to provide our customers with a complete ready-to-deploy FPGA-based server solution for their complex financial and networking applications that meets the high quality standards our customers have come to expect.”

PCIe Financial Acceleration Platform Details

  • Up to four BittWare Stratix V PCIe boards
    • Up to four Altera Stratix V FPGAs
    • Up to eight 40GigE or thirty-two 10GigE interfaces
  • IBM® System x3650 M4 2U rackmount system
    • Up to two 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors
    • Sixteen 2.5” or six 3.5” HDDs or thirty-two 1.8” SSDs
    • Up to 768 GB of memory
  • BittWorks II Development Tools

About BittWare, Inc.

BittWare designs FPGA solutions based exclusively on the latest technology from Altera using industry-standard form factors including PCI Express. Our products address the challenges of developing financial applications, providing ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, and maximum performance per watt. A scalable architecture enables “FPGA farm” implementations and provides support for future technology insertion and upgrades. We support a broad range of validated IP for financial applications including TCP/IP offload engine (TOE), feed handling, and financial acceleration.  For those customers looking for an OpenCL programming environment, BittWare, a member of Altera’s Preferred Board Partner Program for OpenCL, offers their OpenCL Developer’s Bundle complete with a Stratix V-based half-length PCIe board.  BittWare is also an IBM Industry Solution Reseller (ISR) providing deployable application-ready server platforms for financial applications. For more information on BittWare and its innovative FPGA COTS solutions,