FPGAs and Data Centers: It Takes a Stack

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, Design Challenges/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Design experience across a wide range of applications—from signal processing to network packet processing to cryptography to deep learning inference—has shown that, properly used, FPGAs can provide very substantial performance and power  improvements in algorithm execution. Generally, these improvements come from implementing computational kernels—the inner loops of the algorithm—in the FPGA hardware, offloading these kernels […]

Test-Driven Hardware Development: True or False?

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Few generalizations about hardware design are more widely accepted than this: it is better to find errors early. And yet the traditional design-then-verify flow gives errors ample time to embed themselves in the design before even starting to look for them. It need not be so. A technique borrowed from the software world—Test-Driven Development (TDD)—seeks […]

A Gesture Toward Change

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Recall for a moment a scene—you’ve probably witnessed something like it at trade shows or on video dozens of times. A robot arm moves purposefully from its rest position. It swoops down on an object—a sphere, say—plucks it up, holds it aloft, replaces it, and then returns to rest. Each motion is fast, smooth, and, […]

Exploring a Parallel Universe—It’s Coming to a Design Near You

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Kumar Venkatramani, VP Business Development, Silexica Inc.

Moore’s law has finally started to taper off but demand for performance has not. In response, the industry seems to have committed itself to a path of multicore processors and their bigger, bulkier cousins on steroids: the heterogeneous multicore systems. This path could profoundly change the landscape for software developers, but there has been little […]

Helping Out Reality

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

One day was a summer day like any other summer day. The next, everything had changed. Like swarms, like zombies they came, walking randomly in public places, staring lost into their smart phones, growing increasingly agitated. And then, just as suddenly, they were gone. Pokemon Go had swept across our town, another little dot on […]