A couple of weeks ago, Amazon AWS added FPGA to the hardware that powers its cloud-based services.
This is big news for FPGA developers. If you have a program that relies on high-end FPGA, you can forgo the hardware costs (i.e. not buy the FPGA and other hardware necessary for the program) and instead, rent space on the Cloud and run your application online.
Nimbix has already started doing this. In November, Nimbix announced the immediate availability of the Xilinx SDAccel development environment for on-demand development, testing, and deployment of FPGA-accelerated workflows in the Nimbix Cloud, powered by JARVICE.
Most Nimbix users are developers, who are testing and debugging FPGA applications.
Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure are some of the more well-known cloud computing options.
What are the advantages of relying on cloud computing?
Cloud-based services provide computing, server, and database options, all tailored to meet the needs of your business. Instead of purchasing expensive server equipment, companies can turn towards services like Amazon AWS and rent server space and time. There’s no contract period and you can cancel any time you want.
Amazon AWS even offers the first-year for free. The free tier may not have everything you are looking for, and instead, there are pay-as-you-go offers at minimal costs.
Cloud-based options offer:
- Durable storage services
- Low latency development services
- A suite of application tools
- Low operational cost
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