UKFast is taking a stake in Reconfigure.io, a startup which unlocks increased processing potential within servers. Reconfigure.io is based in Manchester, with a 13-strong team working across the globe, including a number of developers in the USA.
The move makes UKFast the largest single investor in Reconfigure.io’s current funding round and is part of CEO Lawrence Jones’ mission to speed up the internet.
Lawrence Jones said, “this is an extraordinarily exciting investment for UKFast and for the future of the internet. Reconfigure.io is unlocking the technology that supports growth in virtual reality, big data and machine learning. There is an incredible future ahead for these guys.
“Ultimately, we’re committed to speeding up the internet – it’s in our DNA – and Reconfigure.io is facilitating the very technology to make this happen. We'll be looking to make use of it within our products as we look to integrate greater use of AI and machine learning.”
Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are chips able to perform many, many tasks at the same time, providing significant speed enhancements (10-100x) over the same code running on traditional CPUs. However, the skills required to program FPGAs are not readily available to most businesses. Reconfigure.io lets users program FPGAs with Go, a simpler programming language than the complex code commonly required to program the chips. The technology means businesses bypass the current need for hard-to-find developers and costly R&D budgets.
Common applications for FPGAs include AI and machine learning, cloud monitoring, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), all of which require high-performance compute power to process large datasets.
Rob Taylor, Reconfigure.io CEO added, “with this investment, UKFast becomes the single largest investor in this funding round. We look forward to building a working partnership and creating the next generation of computing infrastructure.
“We aim to bring on investors who add value to our business and having this relationship with UKFast opens many major doors.”
Lawrence Jones’ business portfolio also includes cybersecurity firm Secarma, technology magazine and events company BusinessCloud, office fit-out and refurbishment company UKFast Space and a ski hotel in Verbier, Switzerland.