I started working in high-level synthesis (HLS) in 1994 which, assuming my math is correct, was 26 years ago. In those early days, we referred to the technology as “behavioral synthesis” because it relied on analyzing the desired behavior of a circuit in order to create a structural description rather than simply converting from a higher-level structural description to a lower-level one.
“If you ever hear yourself saying, ‘I think I understand this,’ that means you don’t.” — Richard Feynman
Nothing about AI or machine learning is intuitive. Maybe that’s the point.
An example is the sudden rise in popularity of something called “bfloat16,” a new way of representing numbers that holds magical … Read More → "What Is bfloat16, Anyway?"
Actionable intelligence and inference at the edge takes center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast. First up, we take a closer look at how drones can be taught to echolocate (like bats and dolphins) with a little help from a speaker, four microphones and a whole lot of math. Next, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about radio frequency signal intelligence, the benefits of a heterogeneous … Read More → "Inventing Actionable Intelligence"
This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, an algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer … Read More → "New Kid on the Block"
We’ve looked at a number of architectures for accelerating neural-network inference calculations before. As an example, those we saw from Hot Chips were big, beefy processing units best targeted at cloud-based inference. But, as we’ve mentioned, there is lots of energy going … Read More → "Graph-Based AI Accelerators"
“I’d love to be incredibly wealthy for no reason at all.” – Johnny Rotten
Among sports car aficionados, a “Super Seven” is a 1960s-era Lotus: light, fast, nimble, and characteristically fragile. Marvel superhero Wolverine drives one; the unnamed protagonist in The Prisoner famously had one, too.< … Read More → "Nuvia: Designed for the One Percenters"