With a nod to my previous post on how IP is critical to many elements in a complex SoC chip design, let’s look at a few areas where the Synopsys DesignWare® IP portfolio helps address important HPC challenges:
Data Transfer Speed
You can’t talk about HPC and cloud without addressing latency and data transfer within the context of SoCs for HPC. Reducing latency will continue to grow in importance as more processing and control systems move online and there is an increasing reliance on the cloud for edge IoT.
In the past, HPC systems would have to copy data from one memory domain to another to allow multiple processors to operate on a single dataset. Such data copies increase application latency as well as power and resource consumption. Today, the trend toward use of cache-coherent technology leaves most of the data in its original location to work on and only transfers the necessary data. This increases the efficiency of these connections while reducing the amount of traffic that’s going across that same channel to improve the overall performance.
Reducing data movement and providing high-bandwidth, low-latency interfaces for moving data when required are key to maximizing performance and minimizing both power consumption and latency. New technologies, such as Compute Express Link (CXL), are addressing the massive amount of data transfer.. Synopsys supports the latest CXL standard, as well as other leading technologies such as DDR5, PCI Express®, and SerDes in the DesignWare IP portfolio.
When it comes to networking, the name of the game is speed. Network infrastructure is a critical component of user experience on most modern applications. Prominent Ethernet switch vendors are already developing 800-Gbps switches based on 112G SerDes. As data volume continues to increase, 1.6-Tbps Ethernet will likely be introduced. This drives the need for reliable IP to improve designer efficiency. To enable faster and more reliable designs, Synopsys offers a complete 200G/400G and 800G Ethernet controller and PHY IP solution.
The latest advances in the storage industry are facilitating the management of growing amounts of data, as well as the use of accelerators to process data. These include the use of computational storage, persistent memory, cache coherent interfaces to persistent storage, and next-generation memory interfaces for higher data transfer speeds. Today, NVMe storage devices are increasingly adopting PCIe 5.0 interfaces to increase SSD throughput to 4 GBps per PCIe lane — a 4x speed increase from PCIe 3.0.
The Synopsys DesignWare Interface IP portfolio supports high-speed protocols such as PCIe, USB, and DDR and is optimized to help designers meet their high-throughput, low-power, and low-latency connectivity for cloud computing storage applications.
Data protection is critical for HPC-based cloud computing. To accurately protect the privacy, integrity, and availability of data to authorized users, standards organizations are incorporating security requirements into data interface protocols.
We offer a broad portfolio of highly integrated security IP solutions that use a common set of standards-based building blocks and security concepts to enable efficient silicon design and the highest levels of security in HPC applications. These security IP solutions help prevent a wide range of evolving threats in connected devices such as malware, data breaches, theft, tampering, and side channel attacks.