Cloud users can leverage FPGAs to accelerate a variety of workloads such as machine learning, genomics, video transcoding, big data analytics, financial computation, and database acceleration. Several cloud service providers are offering their cloud users access to Intel FPGAs within their infrastructures. Here are some cloud service providers offering broad access today:
Alibaba Cloud is offering its F1 instance, an Intel FPGA-powered node that provides users access to FPGA acceleration on the cloud. The F1 instance enables Alibaba Cloud users to develop and deploy accelerator solutions on the cloud for artificial intelligence (AI) inference, video streaming analytics, database acceleration, and other fields where intense computing is required.
Nimbix Cloud is a provider of cloud-based, high-performance computing infrastructure and applications for markets, such as media, oil and gas, manufacturing/engineering, medical and life sciences, and big data analytics.
Nimbix provides on-demand and scalable FPGA compute, leveraging Intel Arria® 10 GX FPGAs. Instead of relying on virtualization, the Nimbix cloud is built on powerful bare-metal machines. This approach gives its users the ability to complete complex tasks faster than in virtualized systems.
OVH is a global provider of hyperscale cloud that is based in Europe. OVH is offering FPGA-based Acceleration-as-a-Service based on the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel PAC) with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA, and in partnership with Accelize*. OVH Cloud users will be able to select optimized accelerator functions to accelerate compute-intensive tasks such as search, compression, cryptography, video transcoding, and machine learning. The service will be initially available in the OVH Public Cloud based on OpenStack, and later expands to other OVH Cloud offerings.
OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos.