SOURCE: Mitrionics

November 12, 2007 09:30 ET

Mitrionics Powers Green Computing Movement With Latest FPGA Acceleration Technologies, Applications, and Industry Partnerships at SC07

Milestones Reached With Scalability, 900X Performance Increases, Bioinformatics Applications, and Hardware Partners Platform Support

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Supercomputing 2007, SC07 Booth #272 -- Mitrionics™, Inc., developer of the Mitrion™ Software Acceleration Platform and the Mitrion Virtual Processor, will be showcasing numerous technology developments, partnerships, and industry milestones at the Supercomputing 2007 Conference this November 10-16, 2007 in Reno, Nevada. Reinforcing its positioning as a leading enabling technology for green computing through its software development platform for FPGA Accelerated Computing, the company will be making numerous announcements regarding new accelerated application performance benchmarks, new industry partnerships, and numerous global customers for its Mitrion Development Platform, and Mitrion-accelerated BLAST bioinformatics application. Mitrionics is located in booth #272 at Supercomputing 2007. Mitrionics will also have a presence in numerous partner booths: DRC Booth #472, Nallatech Booth #161, and SGI Booth #502.

"Since last year's Supercomputing conference, FPGA accelerated computing has gained significant momentum as new technologies, vendors, initiatives, and applications have contributed to increased interest and adoption of this technology," said Anders Dellson, CEO of Mitrionics, Inc. "One of the big drivers for this is green computing -- generating increased processing performance with less electrical power. In this category, our Mitrion Virtual Processor and accelerated Mitrion-BLAST application are enabling performance benchmarks far beyond other technologies."

Mitrionics Accelerated BLAST Achieves 900X Performance on World's Largest FPGA Supercomputer

Mitrionics' Accelerated NCBI BLAST application was successfully run on the world's largest Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) supercomputer, which was built, configured, and tested in only two days by SGI®. SGI's reconfigurable supercomputer featured 70 FPGAs, more than any single system built to date. In a stunning display of scalability, SGI's FPGA supercomputer accelerated the performance of a complex BLAST-n query by more than 900 times, completing in less than 33 minutes what would take a 68-node Opteron-based cluster approximately three weeks to finish.(i) The application matched 20 nucleotide base pairs against 600,000 queries. No hardware or software was modified for the test.(ii)

Mitrionics' New and Expanded Industry Partnerships

Over the past year, Mitrionics' partners have made significant technology and product advancements in their FPGA-based systems, hardware modules, and architectures. Additionally, several new vendors have announced initiatives to support Accelerated Computing. Mitrionics is actively involved with these companies and their products and programs. Mitrionics' Partners and industry supported initiatives listed alphabetically below.

AMD                                        Nallatech
Cray                                       Silicon Graphics
DRC Computer Corporation                   Xilinx
Hewlett-Packard                            XtremeData Corporation

Mitrionics' Seminar at SC07
Wednesday, 4:00 - 4:30 pm, Location A8
Title: "60x Faster NCBI BLAST on the Mitrion Virtual Processor"
Chair/Speaker Details: Kevin Wohlever (Chair) Ohio Supercomputer Center
Mitrionics Speaker: Stefan Möhl - Co-Founder & CTO


The Mitrion Virtual Processor is a massively parallel, configurable soft-core processor design that runs in an FPGA. Fine-grain parallel programs running in the Mitrion Virtual Processor achieve the performance benefits of FPGAs without requiring hardware design. In general the Mitrion Virtual Processor achieves 10-30 times higher performance than traditional high-performance processors like Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron.

About Mitrionics

Founded in 2001, Mitrionics, Inc. is the technology leader in the exciting new field of FPGA Accelerated Computing which provides higher processing power and lower energy consumption than clusters of computer systems. The company's Mitrion Virtual Processor and Mitrion Software Development Kit provide cost effective FPGA Supercomputing power to organizations for their most critical applications. The software-centric Mitrion Platform is unique from any other FPGA programming solution, because it eliminates the need for circuit design skills, thus making FPGA Supercomputing performance accessible to an entire new market of scientists and developers. Mitrionics has key industry relationships with Cray, Nallatech, and Silicon Graphics. For more information, visit the company Web site at, or call 408-966-8500, or email:

Mitrionics, Mitrion, Mitrion Platform, Mitrion Virtual Processor, and Mitrion Software Development Kit are trademarks of Mitrionics, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

(i) Results compared to industry-standard Opteron processor-based system measured in internal tests. Running a released version of BLAST, SGI used a test case from Affymetrix comparing approximately 600,000 queries with a query size of 25 base pairs against the Human Unigene and Human ReSeq databases, which is representative of current top-end research in the pharmaceutical industry. Total execution time on a traditional 68-node Opteron-based cluster would be approximately three weeks. On the SGI reconfigurable supercomputer, benchmark input data was split in 169 jobs, which were run in groups of 70, 70 and 29 FPGAs. Total wall clock time for the run was 32m:29.183s, representing a 916X speedup over the 68-node traditional cluster.

(ii) The tested SGI configuration consisted of 35 dual-FPGA SGI® RC100 RASC blades, a 64-processor SGI Altix 4700 with 256GB of globally addressable memory, and standard SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 (kernel version running an unmodified release of RASCAL, SGI’s RASC Abstraction Layer.

Contact Information

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    Mitrionics, Inc.
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