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Wolverine Coprocessors

About the Convey Computer Acquisition

The Family

Convey’s Wolverine family of coprocessors are compact, general purpose application accelerators that provide a “drop-in” performance boost, dramatically increasing the performance of x86 systems.

  • Based on Field Programmable Gate Array technology
  • PCI Express form factor cards can be installed in a variety of off-the-shelf servers
  • Designed for enterprise applications, with a robust design and system tools delivering ease of integration and application development productivity

Card Specifications

Model FPGAs Memory Maximum Power
    On-board Bandwidth  
WX690NM Xilinx Virtex-7 XC7VX690T 0 GB 40 GB/s 75W
WX690 Xilinx Virtex-7 XC7VX690T 16/32/64 GB 40 GB/s 75W
WX690SP Xilinx Virtex-7 XC7VX690T 16/32/64 GB 40 GB/s 150W
WX2000 Xilinx Virtex-7 XC7V2000T 16/32/64 GB 40 GB/s 150W

Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

Convey Application Accelerators dramatically increase the performance of an x86 system, allowing a single accelerated system to do the work of 20-40 conventional servers. This allows a handful of servers to replace many racks of equipment, reducing both acquisition and facilities costs. A Convey Accelerated Image Resizer (based on the company’s Wolverine 690 card), can resize images at rates up to 70 times faster than a conventional server. Systems with an Accelerated Image Resizer can deliver:

 
  • 91% lower capital costs
  • 97% reduced power costs
  • 95% reduced facilities costs

The reduced capital expense combined with savings in operational costs delivers over a 90% reduction in 3 year cost of ownership compared to conventional servers alone.


Globally Shared Vitual Memory

Wolverine coprocessors share a virtual address space with threads running on the host system:

  • Wolverine on-board memory is mapped into the virtual address space of the attached process
  • Coprocessor infrastructure handles virtual-to-physical translation
  • Host and coprocessor have full access to all data, using the same pointers

GSVM makes programming the coprocessor easier while protecting the host system against errant references.

Documentation

Product Information

The Convey Wolverine Application Accelerator is a PCIe Express form factor coprocessor that provides application specific hardware acceleration of key algorithms.

  • File Type: PDF
  • Updated: 10/29/2015

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