The 25th annual ACM International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA’2017) will take place Wednesday February 22nd through Friday the 24th in Monterey, California. The three-day symposium will feature nine technical sessions with 29 papers, describing the state-of-the-art work on the architectures, tools, and applications of FPGAs. In particular, machine learning and artificial intelligence are garnering immense interest recently, both by computing researchers as well as by the general public. The conference will consider the role for FPGAs in these exploding areas — Might an FPGA be involved in guiding future self-driving cars? Or in interpreting spoken directions to a mobile handset?
The conference will launch Wednesday morning with the third workshop on overlay architectures for FPGAs, followed by a one-hour tutorial on deep learning by Song Han from Stanford/DeePhi to kick off an afternoon special session on the role of FPGAs in machine learning. The first technical session on Thursday will continue to focus on this topic. These two sessions will present a number of novel deep learning accelerators, showcasing the advantages of FPGAs in providing low latency and high energy efficiency. In addition to FPGAs for machine learning, other major topics covered by the conference include:
The banquet panel will bring together industry experts to share their perspective on new opportunities and challenges in deploying FPGAs for cloud computing. The following panelists will debate the merits and weaknesses of current systems and discuss potential solutions.
At the beginning of the banquet, the ACM/SIGDA TCFPGA and the selection committee will recognize and honor the seminal work by Prof. Jason Cong and Dr. Eugene Ding on “FlowMap: An Optimal Technology Mapping Algorithm for Delay Optimization in Lookup-Table Based FPGA Designs”, published in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, 1994. This paper is one of the three inductees to the 2017 class of FPGA and Reconfigurable Computing Hall-of-Fame (http://hof.tcfpga.org). The endorsement letter is available at http://hof.tcfpga.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/flowmap1994_class2017.pdf.
This year’s conference also boasts a packed lineup of industry sponsors and exhibitors, including DeePhi Tech, Intel, Microsoft, Aldec, Algo-Logic Systems, Atomic Rules, Amazon Web Services, Bigstream, Lattice, Microsemi, NAGASE & CO., and Xilinx. The attendance is expected to be at least 25% greater than last year.
About ACM FPGA: The ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, held annually in Monterey, is the premiere forum for the presentation of advances in all areas of FPGA technology. http://www.isfpga.org/.
Contact: Zhiru Zhang, Publicity Chair, ACM FPGA 2017.