The advanced computing and networking program at SURF strives to comprehend the impact of different technologies on scientific applications. One such promising technology is programmable/configurable hardware, and in particular FPGAs. We attempt to investigate the impact and the role of this technology in the future of HPC ecosystem. In order to achieve that goal, we have initiated a collaboration with the Dutch hardware acceleration network, and together we received the 4TU.NIRICT grant to boost this technology and create the FPGA community within the Netherlands. The plan is to create a platform to gather FPGA researchers and experts from both academia and industry. Therefore, SURF in collaboration with the HWAcc network has started to organize a series of FPGA workshops known as FIRE: FPGA Innovation Research Exchange. In parallel, we have started to write a survey paper about (recent) FPGA activities in Dutch affiliated universities and also in industry. We inaugurated the FIRE FPGA event on June 21-22, 2023: https://communities.surf.nl/en/future-computing-and-networking/article/…
On December 6th, 2023, we organized the second edition of FIRE symposium. The keynote speaker of this event was Christos-Savvas Bouganis from Imperial College London, where he talked about challenges and opportunities in using FPGAs for implementing deep neural networks. Moreover, we had multiple talks from researchers at Dutch institutes and universities such as TU Delft, TU/e, VU and Wageningen University. We also had interesting presentations from industry such as Stream HPC, IMEC, Optiver and Thales. You can find the slides of all the presentations at the symposium via this link: https://surfdrive.surf.nl/files/index.php/s/mlJnTRwEU6Tzhrt
In addition to the original FIRE symposiums, SURF hosted a side FPGA event organized by QBayLogic to focus on the industry users of FPGAs. The event was held on November 1st, 2023 at SURF in Utrecht. At this particular event, experts from industry and companies such as 3T, TOPIC, Technolution, Lattice, Efinix, Core-Vision, AimValley, Adeas, and QBayLogic presented and shared their knowledge of experimenting FPGA technology along with their challenges and lessons learned.
The slides of all the presentations can be found here:
You can also take a look at the photos taken during this event via this link: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNrdr7xS2-fcfoxdhtglXfn2a65WzmlOPY…
The third edition of FIRE FPGA event with the focus on application porting will be held on June 27th, 2024 at SURF in Utrecht. If you would like to be informed about this event and also the upcoming FIRE FPGA events, you can register to our mailing list here: https://forms.gle/MgKKkrhxQMS4jyPF6