Amazon Web Services with Xilinx FPGAs

Submitted by james on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:14

Amazon Web Service added "EC2 F1 instances" with FPGAs in 2017.

The F1  instances are compute instances that come with one or more FPGAs. F1 instances include access to tools to develop, simulate, debug, and compile  hardware acceleration code, including an FPGA Developer AMI and Hardware Developer Kit (HDK). Once an FPGA design is complete, it can be registered as an Amazon FPGA Image (AFI), and deployed it to your F1 instance  or promoted for others to use on the AWS store.

There are two sizes of EC2 F1 instances. One includes one FPGA, the other has up to eight FPGAs per instance. All F1 instances feature 16nm Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGAs. Each FPGA includes local 64 GiB DDR4 ECC protected memory with a dedicated PCIe x16 connection, approximately 2.5 million logic elements, and approximately 6,800 Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines. EC2 On-Demand Instances are charged by the hour with no long-term commitments or upfront payments. There is no charge for the FPGA Developer AMI or HDK which means we can program an FPGA on your F1 instance with no additional fees.

Here are step-by-step instructions:

 

AWS step by step instructions