f3 instances use Xilinx Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). When you create an FPGA-accelerated instance, you can use an image that is pre-installed with the FPGA development environment. This topic describes how to create an FPGA-accelerated instance and the parameters of which you must take note when you create an FPGA-accelerated instance.
Create an Alibaba Cloud account and complete the account information.
Create an Alibaba Cloud account.
Complete real-name verification before you purchase Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances in the Chinese mainland.
In this example, the ECS console is used to create an FPGA-accelerated instance. You can use multiple methods to create an FPGA-accelerated instance. For more information, see Provisioning methods of ECS instances.
Go to the instance buy page and configure the required parameters.
The following table describes the parameters. For more information, see Create an instance by using the wizard.
Instances deployed in different regions cannot communicate with each other. We recommend that you select a region that is close to your clients to reduce network latency and improve connection quality.Note
FPGA-accelerated instance types are available only in specific regions and zones. For more information, see ECS Instance Types Available for Each Region. For example, after you select a region, go to the ECS Instance Types Available for Each Region page, select Subscription from the billing method drop-down list, and enter an instance type name, such as
f3, in the search box. Then, you can view the instance types that are available in the region.
We recommend that you select VPC. Virtual private clouds (VPCs) are logically isolated from each other for higher security.Note
Alibaba Cloud provides a default VPC. If you do not want to use the default VPC, you can create a VPC and a vSwitch in the selected region. For more information, see Create a VPC with an IPv4 CIDR block.
Each region has multiple isolated locations known as zones. Each zone has its own independent power supply and networks. Resources that are deployed within the same zone share the same network and have minimal latency between each other. Therefore, services deployed within the same zone provide faster communication speeds, which translates into more efficient business operations.
Instances & Images
Enter an instance type name, such as
f3, in the search box to the right of Filter Condition to search for the instance type.Note
FPGA-accelerated instances belong to GPU-accelerated instances. The number of resources that you can purchase depends on the instance quota. For more information, see View and increase instance quotas.
f3 instances must use an image that is installed with the Xilinx development environment. The image is a community image.
Click the Community Images tab and enter
m-uf62gw9ckos5os056xumas the community image ID.
To create an f3 instance, we recommend that you allocate a 200-GiB ultra disk as the system disk. This is because the image pre-installed with the Xilinx development environment occupies some storage space.
Bandwidths & Security Groups
A security group is a virtual firewall that is used to control the inbound and outbound traffic of instances in the security group.Note
Alibaba Cloud provides a default security group. If you do not want to use the default security group, you can create a security group in the selected region. For more information, see Create a security group.
To bind an SSH key pair when you create a Linux instance, you must create the SSH key pair in the selected region. For more information, see Create an SSH key pair.
Advanced Settings (Optional)
To add user data for the instance, you must prepare user data in advance. For more information, see Overview of ECS instance user data.
Instance RAM Role
Before you associate an ECS instance with a RAM role, you must create the RAM role and attach permission policies to the role. For more information, see Attach an instance RAM role to an ECS instance.
After the parameters are configured, configure the Quantity and Duration parameters on the right side of the buy page, and make sure that the configurations meet your requirements.
Read and select ECS Terms of Service and Refund Policies and Procedure, and click Create Order.