“I can’t over-emphasise the importance of OpenCL” for FPGA Server Market says Altera Sr VP
July 12, 2012 by Tony DeYoung
Danny Biran, senior vice president of strategy for Altera said to EE|TImes Europe: “I can’t over-emphasise the importance of OpenCL. Now we see a lot of momentum behind it and I believe this is a very significant opportunity ... The idea of taking the server software and offloading it to an FPGA is very exciting”. Altera’s OpenCL compiler will be included in the Quartus design tool in Q1 next year and work with the new Qsys network-on-a-chip tool.
OpenCL provides a C-like language for programming devices with multiple cores - whether general purpose, DSP or hardwired - and offers software programmers a way to program FPGAs without having to use VHDL or Verilog.