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Keynote 1: Dirk Koch

Dirk Koch is a senior lecturer in the Advanced Processor Technologies Group at the University of Manchester. His main research interest is on run-time reconfigurable systems based on FPGAs, embedded systems, computer architecture and VLSI. Dirk developed techniques and tools for self-adaptive distributed embedded control systems based on FPGAs. Current research projects include database acceleration using FPGAs-based stream processing, HPC and exascale computing and reconfigurable instruction set extensions for CPUs as well as future FPGA devices.

Dirk Koch is author of the book "Partial Reconfiguration on FPGAs" and a co-editor of the book "FPGAs for Software Programmers" and his group is developing and maintaining the GoAhead framework that provides unique capabilities for building run-time reconfigurable systems.

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FPGAs everywhere? - Yes, but…

Altera's acquisition by Intel, the Amazon F1 instances effect or FPGAs being used in smart phones from Apple and Samsung draw a picture that FPGAs have become mainstream technology. While indeed hardware programmability is a very promising way to translate transistor density into compute performance, there are still many challenges and obstacles that are in the way to make FPGA technology really ubiquitous.
This talk will highlight challenges on implementing applications on FPGAs, on managing FPGAs and on shortcomings found in existing FPGA design tools and systems. But most importantly, this talk will provide solutions from industry and the wider research community. Here, holistic solutions are presented that provide full end-to-end solutions. This will include research at the University of Manchester on designing FPGAs, building and integrating complete HPC systems, managing FPGAs through real operating system services including security aspects, design tools for improving design productivity and reducing system complexity as well as a couple of application domains (as in the H2020 projects ECOSCALE and EuroEXA and the EPSRC funded projects rFAS and FORTE).