High performance Computing



HPC-top.pngSKARAB is an extremely scalable, energy-efficient, network-attached FPGA supercomputing platform. Its motherboard, featuring a Xilinx Virtex 7, provides unparalleled I/O bandwidth via custom mezzanine sites. An advanced reconfiguration interface allows sub-second image loads to the FPGA, enabling compute clusters to rapidly change function with minimal down-time. Four symmetrical mezzanine sites provide flexibility for optimally balancing 40 GbE I/O, Hybrid Memory Cube and ADC configurations.   Users can take full advantage of the platform’s features using a rich board support software and firmware package, allowing rapid customization to a specific application.

SKARAB is a creation of Peralex Electronics, a world-class developer of advanced signal processing solutions for defense and civilian applications such as electronic warfare and radio astronomy, located near Cape Town, South Africa.

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Block Diagram

Unique architecture supports extreme I/O with real-time processing at Terabit/sec rates while having great reconfigurability and SWAP efficiencies.

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HW/FW/SW Specs

 Over-designed for datacenter operations, commercially available maintenance parts mean that the platform can perform for years of continuous use.

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Application: MeerKAT

Hundreds of SKARABs perform the FX correlation calculations of the MeerKAT 64-dish radio telescope in real-time, processing near petabyte/sec data rates. 
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