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ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter

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24 Aug 2021
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Abstract

The ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter is an advanced programmable computational accelerator that provides provide optimized acceleration for workloads in financial computing, machine learning, computational storage, high performance computing, and database search and analysis. The low-profile adapter is built on Xilinx UltraScale+ architecture includes 8GB HBM2 memory, 100GbE networking, and a PCIe 4.0 host interface. The Xilinx Vitis and Vitis AI development tools enable both Xilinx and third-party accelerated applications and solutions.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the adapter and its key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter and consider its use in IT solutions.

Introduction

The ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter is an advanced programmable computational accelerator that provides provide optimized acceleration for workloads in financial computing, machine learning, computational storage, high performance computing, and database search and analysis. The low-profile adapter is built on Xilinx UltraScale+ architecture includes 8GB HBM2 memory, 100GbE networking, and a PCIe 4.0 host interface. The Xilinx Vitis and Vitis AI development tools enable both Xilinx and third-party accelerated applications and solutions.

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter.

ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter

Did you know?

Customers can use the Xilinx Vitis Unified Software Platform to develop accelerated applications using RTL, C/C++ or OpenCL programming languages. Customers can also work with a growing ecosystem of hardware-accelerated partner libraries and pre-built applications to maximize their investment in on-premise data acceleration.

Some of the key 3rd party solutions available today are with Graph Analytics with TigerGraph, and Storage compression / decompression with Eideticom, with additional solutions being constantly developed.

Part number information

The following table shows the part number for the adapter.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
4XC7A76757 BLC2 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter

The part numbers include the following:

  • One Xilinx adapter
  • Low-profile (2U) and full-height (3U) adapter brackets
  • Documentation

Supported cables and transceivers

This section lists the supported transceivers and cables.

Table 2. Supported transceivers
Part number Feature code Description
100Gb transceivers
7G17A03539 AV1D Lenovo 100GBase-SR4 QSFP28 Transceiver
4M27A67042 BFH1 Lenovo 100Gb SR4 QSFP28 Ethernet Transceiver

The following table lists the supported fiber optic cables and Active Optical Cables.

Table 3. Optical cables
Part number Feature code Description
QSFP 40Gb Optical Cables (these cables require a transceiver)
00VX003 AT2U Lenovo 10m QSFP+ MPO-MPO OM3 MMF Cable
00VX005 AT2V Lenovo 30m QSFP+ MPO-MPO OM3 MMF Cable
QSFP28 100Gb Ethernet Active Optical Cables
4Z57A10844 B2UZ Lenovo 1m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03546 AV1L Lenovo 3m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03547 AV1M Lenovo 5m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03548 AV1N Lenovo 10m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03549 AV1P Lenovo 15m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03550 AV1Q Lenovo 20m 100G QSFP28 Active Optical Cable

The following table lists the supported direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.

Table 4. Copper cables
Part number Feature code Description
QSFP-to-QSFP 40Gb Cables
49Y7890 A1DP 1m QSFP+-to-QSFP+ cable
49Y7891 A1DQ 3m QSFP+-to-QSFP+ cable
00D5810 A2X8 5m QSFP+ to QSFP+ Cable
00D5813 A2X9 7m QSFP+ to QSFP+ Cable
QSFP28 100Gb Ethernet Passive DAC Cables
7Z57A03561 AV1Z Lenovo 1m Passive 100G QSFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03562 AV20 Lenovo 3m Passive 100G QSFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03563 AV21 Lenovo 5m Passive 100G QSFP28 DAC Cable

Features

The ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter offers a number of features, including the following:

  • Built for Performance & Efficiency
    • Faster application performance from 8GB of HBM memory (32 AXI channel access) and PCIe Gen4 interconnect
    • Low latency network capability through 100GbE networking
  • Optimized Performance Across Broadest Range of Workloads
    • Accelerates compute, network, storage workloads
    • Maximized and future proof application performance as workloads and algorithms evolve through reconfigurable fabric - unlike fixed-architecture alternatives
  • Deploy in Any Server – From On-premises to Cloud
    • Built for scale out architectures with a low-profile form factor and low 75-watt power envelope
  • Powerful Developer Platform
    • Take advantage of a large and growing library of Xilinx and partner applications
    • Develop differentiated solutions leveraging Xilinx’s Vitis unified software platform
  • Computational Storage Acceleration
    • Alveo U50 delivers the fastest and most flexible PCIe-based compression/decompression acceleration
    • Lower cost – Alveo U50 accelerated compression delivers 33% lower cost. (Based on 10GB/sec throughput and 2:1 compression)
  • Financial Simulation – Grid Computing
    • Fastest time to insight
    • Reduced operational costs and maximum power efficiency
    • Deterministic latency delivers consistent performance
  • Ultra-Low Latency Networking
    • 20x lower latency
    • Alveo U50 delivers sub-500ns trading time vs CPU latency of 10µs
    • Deterministic throughput timing
  • Deep Learning Inference Acceleration
    • 10x higher throughput – translated symbols per second
    • 25x lower latency
    • Significantly improved power efficiency per node
  • Database Analytics Acceleration
    • Higher query throughput & response time than CPU
    • Higher cost effectiveness per node
    • Reduced Operational cost
    • Real time results

Technical specifications

The Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter has the following specifications:

  • Architecture: UltraScale+
  • Form factor: single-slot low-profile half-length
  • Logic resources:
    • Lookup tables: 872,000
    • Registers: 1,743,000
    • DSP slices: 5,952
  • Memory:
    • 8 GB HBM2 high-bandwidth memory
    • Bandwidth: 316 GB/s peak, 201 GB/s nominal
  • Network interface: 1-port QSFP28 (100GbE)
  • Clock precision: IEEE 1588
  • Host interface: PCIe 3.0 x16, dual PCIe 4.0 x8, CCIX
  • Thermal solution: Passive
  • Power (TDP): 75W maximum, 50W typical

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are supported.

Table 5. Server support (Part 1 of 3)
Part Number Description Edge 1S Intel V2 AMD V3 Dense 2S Intel V2 AMD V1
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
SE450 (7D8T)
ST50 V2 (7D8K / 7D8J)
ST250 V2 (7D8G / 7D8F)
SR250 V2 (7D7R / 7D7Q)
SR645 V3 (7D9D / 7D9C)
SR665 V3 (7D9B / 7D9A)
SR675 V3 (7D9Q / 7D9R)
SD665 V3 (7D9P)
SD665-N V3 (7DAZ)
ST650 V2 (7Z75 / 7Z74)
SR630 V2 (7Z70 / 7Z71)
SR650 V2 (7Z72 / 7Z73)
SR670 V2 (7Z22 / 7Z23)
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
SR655 Client OS
SR645 (7D2Y / 7D2X)
SR665 (7D2W / 7D2V)
4XC7A76757 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter N N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N Y Y
Table 6. Server support (Part 2 of 3)
Part Number Description 4S/8S V2 4S V1 Dense V2 1S Intel V1
SR850 V2 (7D31 / 7D32)
SR860 V2 (7Z59 / 7Z60)
SR950 (7X11 / 7X12)
SR850 (7X18 / 7X19)
SR850P (7D2F / 2D2G)
SR860 (7X69 / 7X70)
SD630 V2 (7D1K)
SD650 V2 (7D1M)
SD650-N V2 (7D1N)
SN550 V2 (7Z69)
ST50 (7Y48 / 7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45 / 7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y52 / 7Y51)
4XC7A76757 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter N N N N N N N N N N N N N N
Table 7. Server support (Part 3 of 3)
Part Number Description 2S Intel V1 Dense V1
ST550 (7X09 / 7X10)
SR530 (7X07 / 7X08)
SR550 (7X03 / 7X04)
SR570 (7Y02 / 7Y03)
SR590 (7X98 / 7X99)
SR630 (7X01 / 7X02)
SR650 (7X05 / 7X06)
SR670 (7Y36 / 7Y37)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
4XC7A76757 ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter N N N N N Y Y N N N N N

Operating system support

The Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter supports the operating systems listed in the following table.

Tip: This table is automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Table 8. Operating system support for ThinkSystem Xilinx Alveo U50 Data Center Accelerator Adapter, 4XC7A76757
Operating systems
SR630 V2
SR650 V2
SR645
SR665
SR630 (Gen 2)
SR650 (Gen 2)
SR630 (Gen 1)
SR650 (Gen 1)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Regulatory approvals

The Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter has the following hardware certifications:

  • Safety Compliance:
    • UL 60950-1, 2nd Edition, 2014-10-14 (Information Technology Equipment - Safety - Part 1: General Requirements)
    • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07, 2nd Edition, 2014-10-14 (Information Technology Equipment - Safety - Part 1: General Requirements)
    • EN 60950-1:2006+A11:2009+A1:2012+A12:2011+A2:2013 (European Union)
    • IEC 60950-1:2005 (2nd Edition); Am 1:2009 (International)
    • EU LVD Directive 2014/35/EU
    • IEC 62368-1:2014 (2nd Edition)
  • EMC Compliance:
    • FCC Part 15 – Radiated & Conducted Emissions (USA)
    • CAN ICES-3(A)/NMB-3(A) – Radiated & Conducted Emissions (Canada)
    • CISPR 32 – Radiated & Conducted Emissions (International)
    • EN55032: 2015 – Radiated & Conducted Emissions (European Union)
    • EN55035:2017 – Immunity (European Union)
    • EMC Directive 2014/30/EU
    • VCCI (Class A)– Radiated & Conducted Emissions (Japan)
    • CNS13438 – Radiated & Conducted Emissions (Taiwan)
    • CNS 15663 - RoHS (Taiwan)
    • AS/NZS CISPR 32 – Radiated and Conducted Emissions (Australia/New Zealand)
    • Article 58-2 of Radio Waves Act, Clause 3 (Korea)
  • Regulatory Compliance Markings:
    • UL Listed Accessories Mark for the USA and Canada
    • CE mark
    • FCC markings
    • VCCI marking
    • Australian C-Tick mark
    • Korea MSIP mark
    • Taiwan BSMI mark
    • German GS mark

Physical specifications

The Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter has the following physical specifications:

  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
  • Width: 69 mm (2.71 inches)
  • Weight: 325g

Operating environment

The Xilinx Alveo U50 adapter is supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
    • Storage: -40°C to 75°C (-40°F to 167°F)
  • Humidity:
    • Operating: 8% to 80%
    • Storage: 5% to 95%

Warranty

One year limited warranty. When installed in a Lenovo server, the adapter assumes the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.

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