San Francisco, December 6th, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Codeplay Software®, the industry leader and pioneer in open-standard software tools and services for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and high-performance computing, announced support for the AndesCore ™ NX27V IP. Andes Technology is a leader in high-performance / low-power IP and a leading founding member of RISC-V International. The NX27V is an RV64GC vector processor that supports the RISC-V vector specification with up to 512 bit VLEN and SIMD width (or DLEN). It enables SoC designers to create next generation computing acceleration solutions that leverage AI, ML and HPC in both the edge and the cloud. Codeplay initially offers support from the AndesCore performance simulator, which provides information that is almost cycle-accurate. This allows customers to implement a software-first strategy and then switch to a specific SoC architecture based on the NX27V.
Compute-accelerated solutions require a new programming model in order to utilize all the capabilities of the available computing power. By integrating one or more vector processor cores, SoC developers and designers can create applications that use a heterogeneous architecture with single instruction / multi data (SIMD). Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications are required to process a significant amount of vector data for applications such as neural networks and computer vision algorithms used in cloud acceleration maps, autonomous vehicles, and visual recognition. A powerful vector processor like the NX27V can quickly increase the processing power of this data.
Coldplay’s Acoran software platform support for NX27V-based simulators and then SoC will provide a broad ecosystem of domain-specific optimized libraries for exascale and artificial intelligence. An important basis of Acoran is SYCL, an open standard programming model that enables heterogeneous programming based on the ISO C ++ standard.
“The NX27V was used by around 10 customer SoC projects for the data center accelerators. All of them contain several instances of our vector processor in a cluster-based heterogeneous architecture, ”said Dr. Charlie Su, President and CTO at Andes Technology. “The exciting partnership with Codeplay enables us to offer our customers elegant programming solutions. We are at the beginning of the next wave of Domain Specific Architecture (DSA) SoCs for applications ranging from embedded devices to data center accelerators that support AI and HPC. The growth potential in this area is enormous. “
“Codeplay takes a software-first approach to designing complex computer systems,” said Andrew Richards, CEO and founder of Codeplay Software. “This partnership with Andes offers developers of RISC-V-Vector SoCs the opportunity to optimize their architecture based on real application software.”
“Collaboration is at the heart of the RISC-V ecosystem, so it’s great to see members come together to develop innovative new approaches for the benefit of the entire community,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “Together, Andes Technology and Codeplay Software offer a solution that enables developers and designers to use the best open standards for hardware and software.”
“SYCL has been acquired by companies that build large supercomputers with a variety of GPU architectures. This partnership will help enable the next generation of specialty processors that implement the RISC-V ISA to have open standards programming, which is very exciting for hardware and software developers, “said Michael Wong, chairman of the SYCL working group within the Khronos Group. Chairman of Data Center / Cloud Computing SIG with RISC-V International and Distinguished Engineer at Codeplay Software.
Codeplay and Andes welcome companies that want to use RVV to accelerate their AI systems to evaluate the solution.
About Andes technology
Sixteen years in business and a leading founding member of RISC-V International, Andes Technology (TWSE: 6533; SIN: US03420C2089; ISIN: US03420C1099) is a leading provider of 32/64 bit embedded processors with high performance, low power consumption solutions and a driving force in making RISC-V mainstream. Andes’s fifth generation AndeStar ™ architecture is based on RISC-V. The V5 RISC-V CPU families range from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit cores with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar and / or multicore functions. The annual volume of SoCs embedded in the Andes has exceeded 2 billion since 2020 and is still increasing. At the end of the third quarter of 2021, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded ™ SoCs reached 9 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.andestech.com. Follow the Andes LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!
Via codeplay software
Code play software is a global pioneer in enabling acceleration technologies used in AI, HPC, and automotive. Codeplay was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2002 and developed some of the first tools that made it possible to accelerate complex software using graphics processors. Most AI software today is developed with graphics processors designed for video games and more recently with specialized AI and computer vision accelerators. Codeplay continues to work with global technology leaders to make the latest complex AI systems programmable using open standards-based programming languages and enable application developers to get software to market quickly. Codeplay is also heavily involved in defining open standards, particularly OpenCL ™, SPIR ™, SYCL ™ and Vulkan ™ by The Khronos Group and MISRA C ++ for the automotive industry.
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