Alveo FPGA Cluster

Description

The Alveo FPGA Cluster enables access to custom hardware acceleration. Read to the official press release here.


Infrastructure

All servers have XRT 2.5.309 installed.

The build server, alveo0.ethz.ch, provides the following tools and development shells:

The alveo1.ethz.ch U250 server is dedicated for QDMA shell deployment. For more information about it, click here

Server OS Alveo Boards Xilinx Shell VM
alveo1.ethz.ch Ubuntu 18.04.3 U250

U250
QDMA 201920.1

QDMA 201920.1
alveo1a.ethz.ch

alveo1b.ethz.ch
alveo2.ethz.ch Ubuntu 18.04.3 U250

U250
XDMA 201830.2

XDMA 201830.2
alveo2a.ethz.ch

alveo2b.ethz.ch
alveo3.ethz.ch Ubuntu 18.04.3 U250

U280

U280
XDMA 201830.2

XDMA 201920.3

XDMA 201920.3
alveo3a.ethz.ch

alveo3b.ethz.ch

alveo3c.ethz.ch
alveo4.ethz.ch Ubuntu 18.04.3 U250

U280

U280
XDMA 201830.2

XDMA 201920.3

XDMA 201920.3
alveo4a.ethz.ch

alveo4b.ethz.ch

alveo4c.ethz.ch

 

Server CPU Frequency # of Cores RAM
alveo0.ethz.ch 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6248 2.50 GHz 40 376 GiB
alveo1.ethz.ch 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6234 3.30 GHz 16 376 GiB
alveo2.ethz.ch 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6234 3.30 GHz 16 376 GiB
alveo3.ethz.ch 4x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6234 3.30 GHz 32 376 GiB
alveo4.ethz.ch 4x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6234 3.30 GHz 32 376 GiB

Booking system

For scheduling accesses to the machines, use the booking system: alveo-booking.ethz.ch


Access to the Cluster

The Alveo Cluster is not accessible directly from the Internet. To access the cluster from outside the ETHZ network, VPN or SSH tunnel must be used. Instructions on how to access the cluster will be sent when Guest Account is created.

Currently, access is through a VM that grants access to a single FPGA. It is possible to reserve VMs that provide access to an entire node with several FPGAs. There is also a VM running InAccel in either single FPGA or multiple FPGA mode (within a single node). We will be adding more options as demand arises.


Registration

To access the cluster, researchers outside ETH should request access through Xilinx University Program. For researchers at ETH, please contact Prof. Gustavo Alonso.


Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Xilinx® for the board donation.