Altera FPGAs Accelerate Servers at Texas Advanced Computing Center

New Server Cluster Uses Altera FPGAs to Help Researchers and Academia Run Complex Algorithmic-Based Research

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  Programmable logic technology from Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is now in place inside a new, advanced server cluster at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University Texas at Austin, which seeks to help researchers and academia to run complex algorithmic-based research. Microsoft Research shared more about the server cluster going becoming available for research use at TACC, in a blog post today: Altera field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are used as accelerators on the Microsoft Project Catapult board, and turn commodity servers into high-performance, power-efficient machines.

Altera FPGAs on Microsoft "Catapult" boards will power a new high performance computing server cluster at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas, Austin. The center will open the servers to workloads of researchers from all over the world, who can use the servers for their deep learning, and big data research. The FPGAs can offload processor workloads, allowing faster computing, at lower power consumption, which allows data centers to control power costs.

Researchers are now invited to use TACC resources to run their software programs and algorithms, associated with, but not limited to, deep learning, convolutional neural networks (CNN), facial and object recognition, online search, and even genomic research. TACC also offers free use of boards to students, professors and the community in its ongoing effort to provide access to world-class high performance computing systems.

"TACC's 14-year history is impressive, and we are pleased Altera technology will be the latest asset in the center's compute arsenal," said Erhaan Shaikh, vice president, Infrastructure Division, Altera Business Units. "By making these high-performance servers with our FPGAs inside available to researchers, we anticipate that much progress will be made the fields of science, math, medicine and all areas requiring these powerful computations."

About the Texas Advanced Computing Center

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To learn more about TACC, visit

About Altera Computer and Storage Solutions

Altera® FPGAs can be used to accelerate the performance of large-scale data systems. Altera FPGAs enable higher speed data processing by providing customized high-bandwidth, low-latency connections to network and storage systems. In addition, Altera FPGAs provide compression, data filtering, and algorithmic acceleration.

About Altera

Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGA, SoC, CPLD, and complementary technologies, such as power solutions to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

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