The BittWare XUPVV8 PCIe accelerator board built with a Xilinx UltraScale+ VU13P FPGA is well suited to high density applications.
The UltraScale+ VU13P offers up to 3.8 million logic elements. This power density makes thermal management difficult, but Bittware solves this problem with the Viper platform.
The XUPVV8 is enabled for high-speed networking with four front panel QSFP-DD cages, each supporting 2x 40/100GbE or 8x 10/25GbE channels.
A utility header provides a USB interface for debug and programming support.
The board’s flexible memory configuration includes four DIMM sites that support DDR4 SDRAM and QDR. Memory card options include up to 128 GBytes of DDR4 with optional error-correcting codes (ECC) or up 576 Mbits QDR-II+ (2x 288Mbit banks x18).
The board also features flash memory for FPGA images.
The XUPVV8’s advanced system monitoring subsystem features a Board Management Controller (BMC), which accepts Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) messaging protocol commands.
The BMC features include control of power and resets, monitoring of board sensors, FPGA boot loader, voltage overrides, configuration of programmable clocks, access to I2C bus components, field upgrades, and IPMI messaging.
Access to the BMC is via PCIe or USB. BittWare’s BittWorks II Toolkit also provides utilities and libraries for communicating with the BMC components at a higher, more abstract level, allowing developers to remotely monitor the state of the board.
BittWare offers complete software support for the XUPVV8 with its BittWorks II software tools. The BittWorks II Toolkit serves as the main interface between the BittWare board and the host system. The Toolkit includes drivers, libraries, utilities, and example projects for accessing, integrating, and developing applications for the BittWare board.
BittWare offers FPGA example projects to provide FPGA board support IP and integration for its UltraScale+ boards. The example projects easily integrate with the Xilinx Vivado tools and illustrate how to move data between the board’s different interfaces. All examples are available for download on BittWare’s developer website.