Video: Can FPGAs compete with GPUs?

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John Romein from ASTRON

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, John Romein from ASTRON in the Netherlands presents: Can FPGAs compete with GPUs?

We’ll discuss how FPGAs are changing as a result of new technology such as the Open CL high-level programming language, hard floating-point units, and tight integration with CPU cores. Traditionally energy-efficient FPGAs were considered notoriously difficult to program and unsuitable for complex HPC applications. We’ll compare the latest FPGAs to GPUs, examining the architecture, programming models, programming effort, performance, and energy efficiency by considering some real applications.”

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, an institute of NWO-I.

Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. We do this by developing new and innovative technologies, operating world-class radio astronomy facilities, and pursuing fundamental astronomical research.

John Romein is a senior researcher at ASTRON, where he leads several projects on HPC research for radio-astronomical applications. His primary focus is the use of accelerator hardware such as GPUs and FPGAs. John Romein received his Ph.D. in computer science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in 2001, on distributed game-tree search. As a postdoctoral researcher, he solved the game of Awari using a large computer cluster and did research on parallel algorithms for bioinformatics. His research interests include high-performance computing, parallel algorithms, networks, programming languages, and compiler construction.

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