At, we’re pioneering new ways for developers and data scientists to accelerate their applications. Finding our way at the cutting edge means being ready to change and innovate to ensure we’re always optimizing performance, and improving our user experience. The compiler engineering team are currently in the process of reworking our core technology to use the LLVM compiler infrastructure: “a collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies”.

Incorporating LLVM is set to deliver significant performance and user-experience improvements, as well as increase the kinds of use-cases for which our service is of value. Our service takes…

We’ve come to the end of our time at the first Seraphim space camp, and the 9 weeks of intensive, inspiring work culminated in an investor day, which saw each startup make their refined pitch to a room of 100+ potential investors. CEO, Rob Taylor, presented our unique place in the compute acceleration space — giving software engineers the tools to dynamically optimise their compute for their critical problems. Watch some highlights from Rob’s pitch here. is set to play an essential role in the UK’s vibrant spacetech ecosystem. With a new regulatory framework recently put in place by the UK government, commercial developments in spacetech are expanding. Startups and investors are poised to form new collaborations toward solutions here on earth as well as up in space. One commonality across these ventures is the need to analyse vast quantities of data. And that’s where steps in, providing the first platform to allow software teams to create application specific infrastructure, using hardware acceleration, to extract worth from big data.

What is space camp?

Seraphim capital are the first…

At we are building the next generation of developer tools, providing a highly usable service to deploy your applications using cloud-based hardware acceleration technology. Our public beta went live towards the end of 2017 and we now have 100s of users developing applications in Go for deployment to FPGAs in the AWS cloud.

FPGAs provide an opportunity to introduce massive parallelism into applications to achieve breakthrough performance improvements in the order of 10–100x over using traditional CPUs alone. …

At we’re writing Go for FPGAs, providing hardware acceleration to developers working across a wide variety of sectors, including AI, finance, security and healthcare. We’re dealing with fine-grained parallelism, with multiple — potentially thousands — of independently executing processes happening concurrently. Up to now we’ve been using ARM’s AXI protocol as a means to give our FPGAs memory access. But, as AXI was designed for CPU-level parallelism — a few cores accessing memory at the same time — it has not been straightforward.

A Protocol for Parallelism

Usable, streamlined and scalable memory access is vital to our business, so, our engineers have developed…

At we’re building a service for cloud developers to access FPGA hardware acceleration with standard Go tools and usability has always been at the heart of what we do. We are a small team and each of us has a high degree of responsibility. In the months leading up to entering our public beta, the pressure was on across the board to improve, speed up and tidy up the service. …

UKFast, the UK’s largest independently owned hosting provider, have made a significant investment in, making them our largest investor this funding round.

Shared outlook

UKFast founder and CEO Lawrence Jones’s aim is to speed up the internet, and he’s driving this movement from their base here in Manchester, which is known internationally as a thriving centre for technology, innovation, arts and business, and also, fortuitously, it’s the home of!

Our CEO, Rob Taylor, is committed to developing next generation tooling for today’s cloud engineers, giving them the power to handle exponential growth in data. Lawrence Jones understands the cross-industry problems… delivers the power of hardware acceleration technology straight to cloud developers, using AWS EC2 F1 instances. Using our service you can use Go to program and reprogram FPGAs to fit your project. Build, test and deploy quickly and easily in the cloud.

Scalable, cost-effective hardware acceleration

AWS EC2 services provide convenient, cost-effective and highly scalable access to cloud computing. The F1 instances offering provides pay-by-the-hour access to powerful 16 nm Xilinx UltraScale Plus FPGAs in the cloud, giving you customizable hardware acceleration without the need for complex, costly hardware investment.

FPGAs bring significant processing speed increases (10–100x) over traditional CPUs due to their…

At we’re creating a service which takes Go code, compiles it and deploys to FPGAs in the cloud. A major benefit of this is giving our users access to the hardware acceleration power of parallel computing without the usual hardware engineering requirements (VHDL, Verilog etc.). Parallel computing basically means performing many operations at the same time. Usually this is to process a huge amount of data, very quickly. FPGAs are made up of completely reprogrammable logic blocks that you can program to operate on multiple pieces of data, all in the same clock phase. …

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Documentation and UX at

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