3rd Workshop on DevOps Support for Cloud FPGA platforms (DevOps)

Venue: 02.016, Ashby Building, QUB.

Organizers: Christian Pilato (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Jeronimo Castrillon (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany), Christoph Hagleitner (IBM Research Europe, Switzerland), Chris Kachris (inaccel, Greece), Christian Plessl (Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing, Germany), Dionysios Diamantopoulos (IBM Research Europe, Switzerland), Burkhard Ringlein (IBM Research Europe, Switzerland)

Abstract: With the slowdown of Moore’s law as we know it, the Cloud is resorting to heterogeneous, accelerated computing to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for performance and power efficiency. In just a few years, FPGAs have emerged as compute accelerators next to GPUs and are part of the standard offerings from many Cloud vendors. However, the development environment, deployment procedures, security measures, and monitoring tools are different for each platform and the portability of the FPGA kernel designs remains limited. In this workshop, leading platform providers, designers of development environments, and developers are going to present the state-of-the-art for Cloud FPGA platforms and explore opportunities and directions for future improvements from the developer’s point of view. Instead of focusing on the performance and optimization of a specific application, the goal of this workshop is to highlight the challenges, which a Cloud application developer faces when designing, implementing, deploying, scaling and debugging Cloud services on Cloud FPGA platforms. A focus area for this year’s edition includes end-to-end toolchains, compilation and debugging tools for heterogeneous platforms.