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9 November 2012 (Extended)
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7 December 2012
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(Extended) 3 January 2013 (Extended)
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25-27 March 2013

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Keynote Speakers

Monday, March 25, 2013

Prof. Michael J. Flynn
Professor, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow
Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University
Maxeler Corp.
Title: Dataflow accelerators in High Performance Computing

Achieving parallel processor speedup (n times speedup with n processing elements) has been difficult for a broad class of applications. But in an era of multi-core processing the need for speedup has never been greater. The problem is not technology but programming models.

One answer to this speedup problem is to create an idealized data flow machine that exactly corresponds to the application and stream data through the resulting machine. In the dataflow paradigm an application is considered as a dataflow graph of the executable actions; as soon as the operands for an action are valid, the action is executed and the result is forwarded to the next action in the graph. There are no load or store instructions as the operational node contains the relevant data. The extraordinary density achieved by FPGAs allows emulations of the application dataflow machine, providing more than an order of magnitude speedup even as executed as an emulation of the data flow machine.

Presentation slides (PDF) - Here

Michael J Flynn is currently Chairman of the Board and Senior Advisor to Maxeler Technologies (of Palo Alto and London). Maxeler is a leading company in creating (with hardware, software and algorithms) application accelerators for high performance computing. He is also Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford. He began his engineering career at IBM as a designer of mainframe computers. He became Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford in 1975 where he set up the Stanford Architecture and Arithmetic group. Some of his best-known technical work includes the development of the now familiar stream outline of computer organization (SIMD, etc.) and the first detailed discussion of techniques for the simultaneous execution of multiple instructions, now called superscalar design. In the early 1970s Prof. Flynn founded both of the specialist organizations on Computer Architecture: the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Computer Architecture and the ACM's SIGARCH.

Prof. Flynn was a recipient of the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchley Award, the IEEE-CS Harry Goode Memorial Award, the Tesla Medal from the International Tesla Society (Belgrade), and honorary Doctorates from Trinity College (University of Dublin), Ireland and the University of Belgrade. He is the author of six books and over 300 technical papers. He is a fellow of both the IEEE and ACM.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Patrick Lysaght
Senior Director in the Office of the CTO
Xilinx Corp.
San Jose, California
Title: All Programmable SoCs in Academia: Opportunities and Challenges in Teaching and Research

Xilinx has created a new class of All Programmable Systems-on-Chip that integrate state-of-the-art 28nm FPGA technology and world-leading embedding processing in the form of a dual-core, Cortex-A9 processing systems from ARM. The new family of Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs "democratizes" access to SoC technology making it possible for educators and researchers to conduct teaching and research with leading-edge silicon. At the same time, Xilinx has introduced a completely new suite of design tools, called the Vivado Design Suite, which has been engineered from the ground up to enable the full potential of All Programmable SoCs . Features such as support for design reuse, high-level synthesis and lower power consumption are among the many innovations delivered by the Vivado Design Suite.

The combination of Zynq SoCs and Vivado Design Suite present an unrivalled opportunity to modernize teaching and research in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science so that they better reflect the practices and challenges of the post-PC era. This talk will highlight some of the opportunities presented by the emergence of All Programmable SoCs in academia. It will also investigate some of the novel research challenges which can be addressed by the combination of Zynq SoCs and the Vivado Design Suite and present some forward-looking perspectives on the future of engineering education.

Presentation slides (PDF) - Here

Patrick Lysaght is a Senior Director in the office of the CTO, in Xilinx San Jose, Ca. He leads a group whose research interests include power estimation, system-level modeling and performance analysis, reconfigurable computing (especially dynamically reconfigurable systems) and emerging design technologies for FPGAs. He also directs the worldwide operation of the Xilinx University Program (XUP).

Before joining Xilinx, he held positions as a senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and at the Institute for System Level Integration (Livingston, Scotland). He started his career in research and development with Hewlett Packard (Edinburgh) before going on to hold a number of technical and marketing positions

Patrick has co-authored more than fifty technical papers, co-edited two books on programmable logic and holds seven US patents. He is actively involved in the organization of a number of international conferences. Patrick holds a BSc (Electronic Systems) from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a MSc degree (Digital Techniques) from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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