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OpenPOWER CAPI Developer’s Kit

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  • BittWare Xilinx UltraScale 3/4-length PCIe board with quad QSFP, DDR4, QDR-IV, and QDR-II+
  • IBM Power Service Layer (PSL)
  • CAPI Host Support Library
  • Example CAPI design
  • BittWare technical support

BittWare’s OpenPOWER CAPI Developer’s Kit provides a starting point for developing with IBM’s CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface). Providing a fast, efficient way to connect a Xilinx All Programmable FPGA to a CAPI-enabled IBM POWER8 system, the developer’s kit includes an FPGA accelerator card, IBM Power Service Layer (PSL) IP to provide the connection to the POWER8 chip, CAPI host support library, and an example CAPI design. The FPGA accelerator card included in the kit is BittWare’s XUSP3S, which is a 3/4-length PCIe board featuring the Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU095. Four QSFPs, each supporting up to 100 Gbps (4×25), provide low-latency I/O. Flexible memory configurations include up to 64 GBytes of memory with options for DDR4, QDR-IV, and QDR-II+ as well as support for Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC).

About OpenPOWER

BittWare is a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. The Foundation includes a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage, and acceleration technology as well as industry-leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control, and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale, and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

To learn more about OpenPOWER and to view the complete list of current members, go to www.openpowerfoundation.org.

What is CAPI?

Most FPGA accelerators use PCIe to connect to the host processor unit. IBM has developed CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) as an alternative that takes some of the overhead and complexity out of the I/O subsystem by providing a direct interface between the host and the FPGA. Because FPGAs are reconfigurable, developers can implement CAPI directly on the FPGA, without having to develop specialized hardware. Developers can then run their specific FPGA solutions as a peer to the IBM POWER8 cores, enabling higher system performance with less programming complexity.

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DevKit Contents

CAPI Developer’s Kit Contents

IP and SoftwareDevelopment Tools

Hardware IP and Software Development Tools
XUSP3S PCIe board Example CAPI Design
IBM Power Service Layer (PSL)
CAPI host support library
IBM POWER8 System* CAPI-enabled OS* Xilinx Vivado Tools*

* Required, but not included in the Developer’s Kit

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Why BittWare?

Quality & Life Cycle Management

Technology refresh capability with 10+ year supply, quality and timely manufacturing and a trustworthy supply chain. ISO 9000 certified FPGA platform vendor with a history of proven, successful, on-time supply.  Learn more.

FPGA Board Platforms

BittWare's Virtex and Kintex UltraScale low-profile and 3/4-length PCIe board platforms support dual & quad QSFP, DDR4, configurable hardware options, data conversion I/O options, and air-cooled operation.  Learn more.

FPGA Development Tools

Designed to make developing and debugging the applications for BittWare’s boards easy and efficient, the Toolkit provides the glue between the host application and the hardware.  Learn more.

System Development & Integration

Host development tools, Board Support Packages, Baseboard Management Controller and integrated platforms including chassis, backplanes for a full solution. Learn more.

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