Amazon Plugs Xilinx FPGA into its Cloud

Amazon has built a cloud computing business that has swelled to many times the size of its competitors. Now it is taking some time to test new ideas, like transferring trillions of bytes of data in a shipping container and plugging off-beat computer chips into its data centers. On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing unit, said that it planned to offer a new service powered by field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, in the latest sign that cloud companies are increasingly lured to the flexibility of configurable chips. At an event in Las Vegas, the company said that it was using chips from Xilinx, one of the biggest makers of FPGAs. The chips can be quickly reprogrammed for various specialized jobs, ranging from searching through financial data to…


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