Altera SDK for OpenCL is First in Industry to Achieve Khronos Conformance for FPGAs

Altera SDK for OpenCL is First in Industry to Achieve Khronos Conformance for

Altera Passes OpenCL Conformance with High-Performance Stratix V FPGA and
Demonstrates SDK for OpenCL on ARM-based Cyclone V SoCs

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation(NASDAQ:
ALTR) today announced its SDK for OpenCL is conformant to the OpenCL 1.0
standard and is now included on the Khronos Group list of OpenCL conformant
products. Altera is the only company to offer an FPGA-optimized OpenCL
solution, allowing software developers to harness the massively parallel
architecture of an FPGA for system acceleration. Altera will demonstrate its
OpenCL solutions at the 2013 Linley Processor Conference, being held October
16-17 in Santa Clara, Calif.


Achieving conformance allows Altera to provide a validated cross-platform
programming environment that can be used to dramatically accelerate algorithms
at significantly lower power versus alternative computer hardware
architectures. To become conformant, Altera successfully completed more than
8500 conformance tests using its SDK for OpenCL, targeting a high-performance
Stratix® V FPGA. The tests involved continuously running a Stratix V FPGA
accelerator card in a server farm resulting in zero errors.

"Our continued investment in OpenCL is enabling Altera to drive the industry
toward using FPGAs for acceleration of computationally-intensive
applications," said Alex Grbic, director of software, IP and DSP marketing at
Altera. "Our SDK for OpenCL is used by some of the world's leading developers
of high-performance computing systems. These developers require Khronos group
OpenCL conformance and Altera is the only FPGA vendor to achieve it, proving
the readiness of our solution."

Software developers can easily take advantage of the high-performance,
low-power that FPGAs offer. Altera's SDK for OpenCL provides an
industry-standard open source programming interface and Altera's Preferred
Board Partner Program for OpenCL provides off-the-shelf FPGA boards that are
optimized for Alteradevices. A list of preferred board partners, as well as a
variety of design examples that demonstrate the advantages of using FPGAs in
high-performance systems, can be found at

OpenCL Ray Tracer Demonstration Targeting Single-chip SoCs

In addition to support for its high-performance Stratix V FPGAs, Altera
developed its SDK for OpenCL to support its low-power, low-cost Cyclone® V
SoCs, which integrates an ARM® Cortex®-A9 processor into a 28 nm FPGA. Altera
recently used its SDK for OpenCL to develop and demonstrate a complete
heterogeneous system using a Cyclone V SoC. The demonstration shows how a ray
tracing algorithm used to render 3D graphics can be accelerated using the
Altera SDK for OpenCL and a Cyclone V SoC – achieving a speed up of 40X in
comparison to running the same algorithm purely on a discrete ARM processor
system. For software developers unfamiliar with hardware design languages, no
hardware expertise is required to implement the OpenCL kernels.

Altera SDK for OpenCL at Linley Processor Conference

Altera will demonstrate its OpenCL solutions at the 2013 Linley Tech Processor
Conference, being held October 16-17 in Santa Clara, Calif. Altera's
participation includes a presentation titled "Implementing Deep Packet
Inspection Using OpenCL Channels" that will show how to express a DPI
application using OpenCL with Altera FPGAs. Altera will also demonstrate its
SDK for OpenCL solutions to attendees.

Pricing and Availability

The Altera SDK for OpenCL is currently available for downloadon Altera's
website or through the purchase of an Altera Preferred Partner OpenCL board.
The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995. For
additional information please visit the OpenCLsection on Altera's website.

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Editor Contact:
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Altera Corporation
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