09 Jul 2014
Finally FPGAs are reaching the mainstream data centers. On the 16th of June Microsoft presented their solution with FPGAs embedded in 1620 of their Bing servers: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=212001
And on the 18th of June (so two days after), Intel announced their future chip embedding a Xeon and an FPGA. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/18/intel_fpga_custom_chip/
Their clients: data centers.
So now FPGAs are ready to enter the search engines/data centers world, allowing energy saving (see the Microsoft paper: 2x the throughput for 10% energy increase) and performance improvement.
This adventure promises to be exciting!!