Queensland University of Technology Selects Mitrionics's Mitrion Platform to Accelerate Molecular Dynamics, CFD, and Genetic Algorithms
Published: Dec 14, 2009
Campbell, CA, December 14, 2009 – Mitrionics, Inc, the technology leader in FPGA-based hybrid computing, today announced that the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) High Performance Computing group has selected the Mitrion™ Accelerated Computing Platform to explore several projects designed to accelerate algorithms in different application areas. Initial acceleration projects will focus on molecular dynamics, UAV on-board processing, genetic computations, elementary mathematical functions, and computational fluid dynamics. To leverage the full potential of their existing FPGA-equipped computing system, QUT purchased the Mitrion Virtual Processor and Mitrion Software Development Kit (with Mitrion-C parallel programming language) as a rapid development tool to accelerate their algorithms. "The Mitrion SDK is an important addition to our suite of high performance software development tools, making the potential benefits of reconfigurable computing and co-processing more accessible to our researchers at a lower programming effort," said Dr. Neil Kelson, Research User Services Manager, High Performance Computing & Research Support Group, Queensland University of Technology. "Compared with traditional HDLs, our preliminary experience suggests that Mitrion-C will allow our users to more rapidly explore FPGA-based acceleration in a diverse range of areas, from vision and path planning in UAVs and robots, molecular dynamics analysis of nanoscale materials, to Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations." “Queensland University of Technology is recognized worldwide for its quality education and excellence in applied research for diverse industries,” noted Robert Wall, director of business development for Mitrionics, Inc. “Mitrionics is excited to collaborate with QUT on their projects to accelerate applications for the benefit of their different departments and scientific users.” The Mitrion Accelerated Computing Platform is designed to provide researchers and developers with the latest parallel programming tools for FPGAs that do not require any hardware design knowledge or experience. The Mitrion Platform enables rapid development of new accelerated algorithms and applications in bioinformatics, computer-aided design, data mining, financial services, government/defense, and oil and gas industries. Systems running applications accelerated using the Mitrion Platform generally perform 20x-100x faster than traditional systems while decreasing electrical power requirements by ninety percent. Mitrion SDK 2.0 - Accelerated Computing Platform The Mitrion SDK is a complete development environment for accelerating applications on FPGAs while making it easy for programmers to learn how to write software using parallel programming techniques that take advantage of the parallel processing capabilities of the FPGA-based Mitrion Virtual Processor. The SDK includes the Mitrion-C parallel programming language, a compiler targeting the Mitrion Virtual Processor, and graphical code simulator to identify programming errors, performance bottlenecks, and inefficient code. Mitrionics offers a free SDK Personal Edition that supports Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X which can be downloaded from: http://www.mitrionics.com/?page=Downloads. About the Queensland University of Technology Based in Brisbane, Australia, QUT is a top Australian university with global connections and a reputation for quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses, a wide range of studies and applied research best suited to the needs of industry and the community. For more information, visit: http://www.qut.edu.au/ About Mitrionics Founded in 2001 and privately held, Mitrionics is the technology leader in FPGA-based, software acceleration and hybrid computing. The Mitrion Platform, which includes the Mitrion-C Compiler and Mitrion Virtual Processor, utilizes parallel programming and parallel processing to enable greater processing performance and a greener computing alternative. The Mitrion Platform is unique because it eliminates the need for circuit design skills, thus making software acceleration accessible to scientists and developers all over the world. Mitrionics has key industry relationships with chip companies Altera, AMD, Intel, and Xilinx, systems vendors Convey, Cray, HP, and SGI, and module suppliers GiDEL, Nallatech, and XtremeData. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.mitrionics.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-395-3247.