April 2021 | Mohamed Ibrahim and Andrew Boutros collaborated with Anupreetham of Arizona State University, and Eriko Nurvitadhi of Intel to develop a higher performance architecture for single shot object detection (SSD) using FPGAs. The architecture combines the HPIPE CNN architecture that uses customized hardware for each layer of a CNN to achieve high performance with a new, FPGA-friendly non-maximum suppression (NMS) technique to remove overlapping object bounding boxes. Please contact Andrew Boutros, Mohamed Ibrahim and Vaughn Betz (University of Toronto).
April 2021 | Shashank Obla successfully brought up an early prototype of a new dynamic runtime system that makes use of PR and services technologies to enable runtime composable application deployment on a Bittware 520N-MX (Stratix 10 MX2100). Please contact Shashank Obla and James C. Hoe (Carnegie Mellon University).
March 2021 | The paper “We Need Kernel Interposition over the Network Dataplane” is accepted by the 18th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XVIII). In the paper, Crossroads PIs and students, along with other university and industry collaborators, propose Kernel On-Path Interposition (KOPI), in which traditional kernel dataplane functionality is retained but implemented in a fully programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC. Please contact Hugo Sadok and Justine Sherry (Carnegie Mellon University).
March 2021 | The paper “FlexScore: Quantifying Flexibility” was accepted to Computer Architecture Letters. In the paper, Crossroads PIs and students, along with Intel co-authors Eriko Nurvitadhi, Aravind Dasu, and Martin Langhammer, propose FlexScore as a flexibility metric based on the relationship between flexibility and goodness metrics, such as performance. Please contact Tian Tan and Derek Chiou (UT Austin).
February 18th & 19th, 2021 | A formal kick-off meeting was held with Intel and VMware. Besides PI presentations, the meeting featured key Intel and VMware technology stakeholders sharing their visions for FPGA technologies in datacenters.
January 12th, 2021 | The center’s PIs and students got together for an all-day goal-setting workshop. The PIs layout plans for the center’s research vectors, and the students presented the technologies they bring to seed the center’s research. Many members of Intel and VMware were on-hand to participate. Going forward, we have plan to hold similar student-driven workshops bi-annually.