Let’s say you have a huge batch of data that needs to be crunched. Maybe it needs the special help of some new neural network algorithm running on a massive server cluster, accelerated with a pool of FPGA accelerators. We’ll call you “Lisa.” But, Lisa, you don’t have a giant server farm with FPGA-based accelerators. You also don’t have the … Read More → "Acceleration as a Service"
In the decades-long battle between Altera (now part of Intel) and Xilinx, no title has been more hotly contested than “Ours is Biggest.” Way back in the days when real LUTs had 4 inputs, FPGA companies resorted to measuring their density with “system gates” in order to obscure the pathetically small (at the time) amount of logic that could actually be implemented in the programmable … Read More → "The Biggest SoC/FPGAs"
The capitalist computing bourgeoisie want to enslave us all with proprietary processing architectures, but the proletariat eventually produces its own processor alternative – an ISA for and by the people, where instruction sets aren’t subject to the whim of the royalty-driven class, and where licensing fees don’t oppress the workers’ BOMs. RISC-V is that ISA – the people’s processor, the unmoving, unwavering instruction set whose implementation carries no … Read More → "The People’s Processor"
The recent explosion of FPGA-based compute acceleration has created an enormous new market opportunity for programmable logic. With demanding new applications such as neural networks on the rise, specialized hardware is required for offloading computation loads for newer applications – both in data centers and in edge devices and systems. Traditional FPGA companies like Xilinx and Intel/Altera are making enormous pushes to capture this rapidly emerging market.
It’s been a long and mutually-productive relationship, but it’s time to break up.
For the five-decades-plus run of Moore’s Law, we electronics engineers have been married to software engineers. It’s been a love/hate relationship for sure, but together the two communities have achieved the single greatest accomplishment in the history of … Read More → "Hug a Data Scientist"
Intel has just announced a major counter-strike in the battle for the data center of the future. The company announced a new suite of software tools, which (according to a blog post by Barry Davis, General Manager, Accelerated Workloads Group, Intel® Data Center Group) “make FPGA programming accessible to mainstream developers, a major leap forward for customizable silicon solutions that complement the endlessly [SIC] diversity of customer-defined workloads, including 5 … Read More → "Game On for FPGAs in the Data Center"