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RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Where FPGA surpasses GPU with better performance and cost efficiency

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About Our Customer

This project was in collaboration with Australia’s leading science and technology research institute, specifically the department that work with radio astronomy, deep space tracking and communication activities. The company handles data workloads that relate to space science coordination, advanced aerospace business development and national/international facilities management. With such a unique and exclusive in-house workload, the company looked at building a solution from the ground-up with us and other vendors in conversation. Hence, this allowed us to integrate many reliable and high-quality systems with the company and help gain the trust of our client.



Highlights

  • The company was looking to acquire a solution that they had preconfigured from the ground-up, to tackle astronomy workloads such as satellite networks and space imaging within their location
  • We worked closely with the company to optimise their solution that they could fully integrate into their unique space-related onsite operations. We satisfied many driving factors through our ability to locally drive highly scalable and flexible solutions within Australia
  • Based upon their certain astronomy workloads, we satisfied the organisation’s expectations of being locally available and providing scalable and flexible solutions
  • Key Benefits


  • FPGA provided a higher compatibility in CSIRO’s unique workload compared to a GPU
  • Fully populated nodes providing massive workload compute and flexibility to scale
  • Lowest TCE and TCO in the market as claimed by Supermicro
  • Challenges

    The company was looking to acquire a solution that they had preconfigured from the ground-up, to tackle astronomy workloads such as satellite networks and space imaging within their location. This type of workload required significant computing and processing power as the main driving factors from the organisation’s professors and scientists. In addition to this purely high-performance solution, they required flexibility and scalability within systems to fit different local in-house workloads and projects.



    How We Helped

    We worked closely with the company to optimise their solution that they could fully integrate into their unique space-related onsite operations. The solution that we worked together on provided an alternative to their initial technology proposal for internal number crunching. We satisfied many driving factors through our ability to locally drive highly scalable and flexible solutions within Australia.
    We collaboratively provided a better and more cost-performant solution that took care of their business objectives and budget without any sacrifice.



    Results

    Based upon their certain astronomy workloads, we satisfied the organisation’s expectations of being locally available and providing scalable and flexible solutions.
    With the initial proposal of GPU’s in their solution, we recommended utilising FPGA’s instead. The benefits of the FPGA instead of a GPU was the immediate high-latency processing of data from a unique hardware interface and with real-time reactions based on received data. The processing functionality of FPGA’s can be customized on a logic port level, whereas GPU’s can only be programmed at a static instruction level, therefore making FPGA the optimal solution due to responsiveness and capability for more dedicated special purpose innovation such as astronomy and space workloads. As a result, our solution has been highly satisfactory as a highly cost-performant system.
    Through our high level of quality products, services and support, we were able to create a healthy relationship with the company.



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