Shenwei Technology joins hands with Xilinx to understand the image processing “Sword of Damocles”

On December 3-4, 2019, the Xilinx Developer Conference (XDF) 2019 Asia Station was grandly unveiled in Beijing. This conference fully demonstrated the various innovative achievements of Xilinx and data center ISV partners in the fields of database and data analysis, machine learning, high-performance computing, video and imaging, financial technology, and network acceleration. Think’s powerful data center ecosystem built to address critical data center workloads. As the world’s leading provider of FPGA heterogeneous computing acceleration solutions, Beijing Shenwei Technology made a grand appearance at the summit, showing the industry audience an image processing acceleration solution with super computing power, thus helping to relieve the “Damocles” of the data center. Sword” provides a typical example.

Shenwei Technology joins hands with Xilinx to understand the image processing “Sword of Damocles”

Figure 1: Shenwei Technology made a grand appearance at the Xilinx Developer Conference (XDF) 2019 Asia Summit, showing the industry audience the image processing acceleration solution with super computing power

The Sword of Damocles in the Data Center: A Delicate Balance of User Experience and Operating Costs

With the rapid evolution of new-generation information technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, Internet of Things, and autonomous driving, global data is growing exponentially and is in a state of massive spewing. According to IDC’s forecast, from 2018 to 2025, the data created, collected or replicated worldwide will increase by more than 5 times, and it is expected to increase from 32ZB in 2018 to 175ZB in 2025, while China will grow to 48.6ZB in 2025. 27.8% of the data volume and 27.8% of the total, making it the world’s largest collection of data.

Shenwei Technology joins hands with Xilinx to understand the image processing “Sword of Damocles”

Figure 2: IDC predicts that from 2018 to 2025, the amount of data being created, captured or replicated globally will increase by more than 5X each year

Faced with endless data growth, data center operators must strike a tightrope between user experience and operating costs. On the one hand, the massive surge of user data provides operators with rich application materials, and newer and more complex application models become possible, and user experience is one of the core factors for enterprises to win in the competition. But at the same time, dealing with these massive surges of user data means that computing costs, operation and maintenance costs, and even labor costs are in danger of rising sharply. Enterprises must make difficult choices in business applications. They must strive to discover newer application models with better experience, and pay attention to the rapid growth of business operating costs in order to gain an advantage in future competition.

Shenwei Technology joins hands with Xilinx to understand the image processing “Sword of Damocles”

Figure 3: Fan Ping, CEO of Shenwei Technology, and Victor Peng, CEO of Xilinx

Unfortunately, the more novel and user-friendly the application, the more “luxurious consumption” of computing. Whether it is machine learning or high-performance computing, video and image processing are not only gluttons that devour data, but also “black holes” that consume computing power.

Super computing power JPEG2WEBP solution: in the field of image processing, a wonderful solution to the “Sword of Damocles”

Taking image processing as an example, in order to save the network traffic and data storage pressure brought by images, the image field has been making continuous efforts for many years to develop image formats with higher compression rates. Compared with the JPEG format, which can save an additional 25%-34% of data space, the WebP format released by Google is gaining more and more widespread application in the data center. However, because its algorithm complexity can be as much as 10 times higher than that of JPEG, the processing of the Web also brings serious challenges to the data center.

Shenwei Technology joins hands with Xilinx to understand the image processing “Sword of Damocles”

Figure 4: Fan Ping, CEO of Shenwei Technology, delivered a keynote speech at the Xilinx Developer Conference (XDF) 2019 Asia Summit

At the XDF Summit, Deep Dimension Technology introduced 4 types of ThunderImage JPEG2WEP transcoding solutions. Taking Baseline (an M4 mode) as an example, the business processing capacity of ThunderImage JPEG2WebP is equivalent to 10 times the processing capacity of CPU (E5-2680v4), reaching An astonishing 3600 frames per second, and the response delay is reduced by 9 times compared to the CPU.

Figure 5: Introduction to the ThunderImage JPEG2WEP transcoding solution of Shenwei Technology, the business processing capacity is equivalent to 10 times the processing capacity of the CPU (E5-2680v4)

This means that, on the one hand, enterprises can effectively use the data space compression technology brought by WebP itself, and make full use of precious bandwidth resources while saving storage. On the other hand, the computing resources for carrying services are greatly reduced, thereby effectively saving operating costs (servers, electricity bills, venues, personnel, etc.). More importantly, because the ThunderImage solution itself reduces the processing delay by 9 times, for real-time production services, the end-user experience will be significantly improved. Not only that, due to the FPGA heterogeneous computing characteristics of ThunderImage itself, even in the peak business period, when the heterogeneous computing cluster is running at full load, the business processing capacity (throughput) and processing delay of the system will remain stable and most efficient. . Therefore, in the field of image processing, ThunderImage can not only ensure the rapid processing of massive data, but also greatly reduce the sudden increase in computing pressure. Sword” provides a typical example.

About Shenwei Technology:

Beijing Shenwei Technology Co., Ltd. (Shenwei Technology for short) was established in 2016 and is composed of top FPGA software and hardware developers in China. The company’s team has extensive experience in multimedia processing, HPC applications and heterogeneous system architecture design. Committed to growing into a leading FPGA computing platform supplier for heterogeneous acceleration applications, providing support for more industries and applications.

Based on FPGA + CPU heterogeneous computing technology, Shenwei Technology provides ultra-high-performance image and video processing solutions and products for data center applications. In addition, Shenwei Technology also provides solutions and design services for high-performance computing and big data applications, such as storage compression acceleration and seismic exploration.

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