SEMICON Europa
Oct 25-27, 2016
Alpexpo
Grenoble, France

SEMICON Europa is the largest microelectronics event in Europe. The event attracts a highly influential audience from every segment and sector of the European microelectronics industries including: semiconductors, LEDs, MEMS, printed/organic/flexible, and other adjacent markets. Exhibitor and attendees meet to enact change and address industry-shaping trends.

Getting Self-Driving Cars on the Road
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12:50-13:15

Kalray’s Stéphane Cordova, Director of the Embedded Technology Business Unit, will be speaking about how manycore technology will help autonomous vehicles get on the road. Details about his talk below:

Pas de véhicule autonome sans lidar, laser, multiprocesseur, vision 3D, intelligence artificielle, cartographie temps réel, logiciel embarqué, cybersécurité… Autant de domaines technologiques où les français – start-up, laboratoire, ou intégrateurs – excellent.

A l’occasion du Mondial de l’automobile qui se tient à Paris du 1er au 16 octobre 2016 et pour compléter le dossier du magazine Automobile : en route vers l’autonomie, Industrie et Technologies a sélectionné les 20 technologies made in France les plus prometteuses pour les véhicules autonomes.

Elles sont signées CEA, Dibotics, ESI Group, Inria, Kalray, KronoSafe, Navya, Oridao, Prove & Run, Stéréolabs, Robosoft, Sensup, Sentryo, TrustInSoft, Valéo, Yogoco… A découvrir tout au long de la semaine…

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Industrie & Technologies, 20 sept 2016 :

De l’électronique imprimée aux lasers high tech, en passant par l’ultraminiaturisation des puces, la conception de composants en nitrure de gallium ou encore la fabrication d’Oleds sur-mesure et la sécurité des circuits intégrés, la rédaction d’Industrie & Technologies a repéré dix pépites françaises de l’électronique. Parmi elles, Kalray qui a mis au point une nouvelle génération de processeurs en silicium destinés aux centres de données et à l’automobile.

Fondée en 2008 en étroite collaboration avec le CEA-List, Kalray est basée à Orsay et Grenoble. Elle compte plus de 60 collaborateurs et déploie son activité à l’international. Cette pépite a mis au point une nouvelle génération de processeurs en silicium baptisés MPPA (massively parallel processor array). Basés sur une architecture massivement parallèle, ils offrent un excellent rapport performance de calcul/consommation énergétique (gigaflops/watt). Doté de 288 cœurs, un processeur de Kalray propose une très grande capacité de calcul, tout en fonctionnement à basse fréquence (environ 600 mégahertz). Ce qui autorise une faible consommation d’énergie. « Notre processeur consomme entre 10 et 20 watts selon son utilisation », précise Stéphane Cordova, directeur du département technologies embarquées.

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Kalray to demonstrate its processor technology at the Autosens Connected Car conference

BRUSSELS, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kalray, a world leader in manycore processors, used its participation today at the Autosens connected car conference to showcase its Massively Parallel Processor Array (MPPA®) processors for autonomous vehicles. In order to deliver passengers safely to their destinations, self-driving vehicles need microprocessors that are both powerful and reliable, ensuring faultlessly high levels of performance and safety. With a determinist architecture and extremely low latency, Kalray’s MPPA® is particularly well-equipped for use in autonomous vehicles.

Kalray has begun working with some of the automotive industry’s key manufacturers to put its MPPA® technology at the heart of the electronics systems of their new fleets of self-driving vehicles. Because the MPPA® processor brings together a rare combination of high performance, guaranteed safety and low power consumption, these vehicles are able to perform multiple, diverse tasks in parallel, without sacrificing safety or performance. Kalray’s processor performs the following tasks:

  • sensor fusion
  • deep learning
  • network security

“We are enthusiastic about introducing our embedded processing technology into the domain of autonomous vehicles,” said Stéphane Cordova, director of the Embedded Business Unit at Kalray. “It is important that self-driving cars be equipped with the most reliable and highest-performing technology and Kalray is confident that it can provide an unparalleled solution for automotive companies developing autonomous vehicles.”

Kalray will be showcasing its MPPA® technology throughout the Autosens event with a live Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) demonstration.

About Kalray

Kalray Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company and pioneer in manycore processor solutions. Its innovative MPPA® architecture delivers real-time processing solutions to the domains of data center infrastructure and embedded technology.

To learn more about Kalray and its technology, visit: www.kalray.com

Click HERE to read the original press release.

Kalray is excited to announce that it will be in Brussels, Belgium on September 20-22, for the Autosens Connected Car conference. If you’re planning to be there, we invite you to stop by booth 13 to visit us and check out our autonomous car ADAS demonstration. Kalray will also be presenting at the Autosens conference.

Kalray is a world leader in the manycore processor industry. Our 288-core MPPA technology has been used in several embedded technology applications, including in the aeronautics sector. We have now introduced a tailored solution for the autonomous car market. Based on a unique architecture, the MPPA processor has harnessed the power of its 288 cores to provide a very high performing, low latency and safe processing solution, thanks to a deterministic architecture. The MPPA processor responds to the challenge of processing multiple, diverse tasks in parallel – such as sensor fusion, deep learning, encryption/decryption for connected security and the overall networking needed to make all of the elements run.

We are looking forward to demonstrating our MPPA technology in an ADAS demonstration that will be running throughout the event at our booth. The demonstration will present visitors with a view of the parallel processes being carried out by the MPPA.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to join us, please feel free to stop by our booth!

8 septembre 2016: L’Embarqué, publication majeure sur la technologie embarquée, publie un interview avec Stéphane Cordova, directeur de l’unité de business embarqué au sein de Kalray:

“Jusqu’ici positionnée sur le secteur de l’embarqué critique (Défense, aéronautique…) et sur le marché des cartes d’interface réseau ou de stockage pour les centres de données et les serveurs dans le cloud, la société française Kalray, spécialiste des processeurs massivement multicoeurs, trouve aujourd’hui de nouvelles opportunités sur le créneau de la voiture autonome. Explications de Stéphane Cordova, directeur de l’unité Voitures autonomes de la firme grenobloise…” Continuer à lire…

Media & Entertainment Technologies, August 2016 – At the Flash Memory Summit, Multi-core processor developer Kalray was showing their new application in the storage space. The new solution uses not only the majority of the CPU power for processing but, also allows for the implementation of storage interfaces, high speed NICs and crypto. The product features in path encryption and decryption, compression, acceleration and secure erasure on the storage path.

As the design can support an 80Gbps NIC, that is configured as two 40G paths, and create an level 3 hardware path between the NIC and the storage solution. This takes the data processing that can come from the main CPU, and have applications that may contain malware, and keep them out of the data path from storage to network, securing the data… read on.

Kalray is Building a Complete Set of NVMeoF Solutions Together with SK Hynix

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kalray, a leading provider of acceleration solutions for data centers, will demonstrate a complete NVMeOF (Non-Volatile Memory express over Fabrics) chain from compute node to remote NVMe SSDs with SK Hynix, a leading manufacturer of DRAM, flash memory and SSDs, at the Flash Memory Summit. The remote storage system will be built around 13 SKHMS M.2 PCIe Carriers integrating 4 SKHMS PE3110 SSDs each and 6 Kalray smartNIC KONIC80 equipped with Kalray’s MPPA2®-256 “Bostan” High Speed I/O Processor. The Flash Memory Summit is taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, Calif., from August 8-11. SK Hynix and Kalray will be exhibiting respectively at booth #107 and #908.

Data center storage is going through a major disruption with the massive introduction of SSDs, which have much lower latency than HDDs. SSD usage is putting tremendous pressure on the system to drastically decrease the latency in the transport of data, as well as in the controller itself. The NVMe protocol has been developed to take advantage of the random access property of SSDs and is already well established. The second step is to introduce, before the end of the year, innovative solutions based on the NVMeOF protocol, which carries NVMe commands and data over Ethernet using RDMA protocol (Remote Direct Memory Access) such as RoCEv2 (RDMA over Converged Ethernet).

“We have ported the RoCEv2 protocol from our partner 6WIND on our SmartNIC, the KONIC80, recently introduced in the market, which makes it, with the addition of the NVMe Direct capability already available, an ideal solution for remote low latency SSD storage,” said Eric Baissus, Kalray’s CEO.

“This demonstration is a major step toward the goal of introducing NVMeoF solutions as soon as possible by demonstrating a full NVMeoF chain from initiator down to SSD going through Ethernet with the active collaboration of two major players in this market,” said Vice President SooHwan Choi, Head of the NAND Product Planning Office at SK Hynix.

SK Hynix’s 1TB NVMe enterprise SSD is based on its own 2nd generation 3D NAND Flash and in-house controller. This cutting-edge 3D NAND based NVMe SSD supports PCIe Gen 3×4 lanes, providing higher bandwidth and lower latency to process data far quicker than SATA SSDs. Presented in a M.2 form factor, the product is ideal for open cloud servers and in compliance with OCS (Open Cloud Server) v2.1. In addition, since most of the datacenter servers presented lately by OCP (Open Compute Project) have installed PCIe NVMe SSDs, the importance of NVMe SSDs in the market is expected to increase gradually. The SSD operates at 1700MB/s with 750MB/s of sequential read/write and runs a random read/write at 160,000 IOPS and 30,000 IOPS.

Kalray’s unique industry solutions deliver these SmartNIC storage functions at sub-30W power consumption, while having the capability to simultaneously implement any type of processing required in storage applications, such as logical volume management, deduplication, encryption, compression and erasure coding – all in standard C/C++ software.

The company is planning to introduce a complete family of NVMeoF storage solutions including a SmartNIC with NVMe Direct capability but also an integrated low cost NVMe SSD controller capable of 3.2 MIOPS @ 4Kb data at 10µs latency, by the end of the year. These unique solutions can be found installed in data centers as early as Q1, 2017.

The solutions are all powered by Kalray’s MPPA2®-256 “Bostan” High Speed I/O Processor, which has a powerful architecture by connecting high speed I/O interfaces such as 2 x 40GbE and 2 x 8-lanes PCIe Gen3 directly to a large matrix of 256 computing cores, 16 system cores, 16 master cores all C/C++ programmable and 128 crypto co-processors.

About Kalray

Kalray Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company and pioneer in many-core processor solutions. Its innovative MPPA® architecture uniquely delivers high-speed I/O processing, enabling real-time acceleration for cloud applications in security, networking and storage. For more information, visit www.kalrayinc.com

About SK Hynix

SK Hynix Inc., headquartered in Korea, is the world’s top tier semiconductor supplier offering Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (DRAM), Flash memory chips (NAND Flash) and CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) for a wide range of customers globally. The company’s shares are traded on the Korean Exchange and the Global Depository shares are listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange. Further information about SK Hynix is available at www.skhynix.com

New PCIe Card Drastically Accelerates Storage Computation Pipeline

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kalray Inc., provider of data center infrastructure accelerator solutions for storage and networking, today announced in conjunction with the Flash Memory Summit, general availability of the Krypto128, a programmable acceleration card based on “Bostan,” its 2nd generation MPPA® high-speed I/O processor. The Flash Memory Summit is taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, Calif., from August 8-11. Kalray will be exhibiting at booth #908.

The Bostan processor combines high computing performance with real-time processing and low power consumption, which makes it an ideal solution for data center infrastructure acceleration. In general, other vendors offer hardware solutions based on ASIC technology to accelerate functions such as encryption. Kalray has been able to reach the same levels of performance with a C/C++ programmable solution, giving customers more flexibility.

Kalray will target two main markets with its Krypto128 card. The first market concerns storage computation pipelines, which include algorithms such as compression, encryption, erasure coding and integrity checks. This computation pipeline can be found at several places in the data center, either in the main server, if SSDs are attached to it, or in the storage proxy I/O server – or even in the all-flash array cabinet storage server. In any of these cases, this suite of computation on the data before writing or after reading to or from the SSDs requires numerous cycles of the main processor and can be offloaded easily on the Krypto128 PCIe card.

Kalray has customer use cases in which a Krypto128 card can offload and replace up to 8 Intel Xeon E5 2630v3 @2.4Ghz when implementing a Lz4 compression, an AES128 encryption, an erasure coding (8 to 10) and a CRC 32 bits on 4K block of data, resulting in a significant 3 x system cost reduction.

Kalray’s solution is fully programmable (C/C++) enabling customers to benefit from a wide choice of algorithms (AES256/126… Sha256/128… CRC32…) and from the flexibility to determine the order of execution of the computation pipeline. Depending on which algorithm is implemented, performance of up to 60Gbits of bandwidth can be achieved.

“Kalray is fully committed to offering solutions to our customers that help them to quickly introduce SSD technology, with all its latency benefits, into their data center,” said Eric Baissus, CEO of Kalray. “And, more importantly, this gives them the possibility to scale up the technology in a cost effective manner.”

The second market targeted by the Krypto128 concerns IPsec and OpenSSL transparent acceleration into VPN routers or secure gateways. These are commonly found in the network between, for instance, a private enterprise data center located at the customer premises and a remote public cloud where the customer may rent some hardware services. Performance in these use cases is phenomenal and can go up to 120Gbits of bandwidth.

Kalray provides all the basic software modules required to implement those functions. Communication between the main server and the Krypto128 card is mainly based on the standard socket API with an AF_ALG extension interfacing with MPPA specialized engines, which in turn enables transparent acceleration for either the storage computation pipeline or OpenSSL and IPsec stack. Kalray also offers all software acceleration engines implemented on the MPPA high-speed I/O processor, from crypto, Sha, CRC and compression, to erasure coding. In addition, the customer is able to customize and add new features.

Product Highlights

Krypto128 is a single width, full height, half-length PCIe programmable card. It supports 16 lanes Gen3 PCIe and typically consumes 25W.

At the heart of the Krypto128 card is the Bostan processor, which is the first manycore processor to integrate up to 288 C/C++ programmable CPU cores and 128 crypto co-processors with a fully deterministic and real-time architecture.

About Kalray

Kalray Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company and pioneer in many-core processor solutions. Its innovative MPPA® architecture uniquely delivers high-speed I/O processing, enabling real-time acceleration for cloud applications in security, networking and storage.

For more information, visit www.kalrayinc.com.