The CHREC team at the University of Florida has announced a new reconfigurable computing cluster.
The Novo-G system is being built using FPGA accelerator cards provided by GiDEL and Altera. The system will have 96 Altera Stratix-III FPGA devices, installed into 24 networked servers with 576GB of memory and 20Gb/s InfiniBand for interconnection.
According to Professor Alan George, the purpose of Novo-G is to “advance and prove reconfigurable computing technologies at a level of scale, performance, and productivity unprecedented in this field, for applications from satellites to supercomputers”.
Novo-G is based on PCI Express FPGA cards provided by GiDEL and populated with FPGAs provided by Altera. Support for C programming of these cards has been enabled with an Impulse C Platform Support Package (PSP) developed by Rafael Garcia at the CHREC lab.
More information about this project can be found here.