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When Intel Buys Altera: Will FPGAs Take Over the Data Center?
Comments by Kevin Morris, Kevin Cameron, Reiner Hartenstein, Steve Casselman...
Steve Casselman: FPGAs will completely dominate the data center. In the big data area you don’t
really need cache you need FIFOs and streams. There is no “data reuse” when you are indexing an unstructured data set.
You guys are dramatically over-simplifying and under-estimating the task of creating a tool flow that will
allow data center use of heterogeneous computing with FPGAs.
Computer scientists have failed to come up with better programming abstractions (that are humean usable)
for parallel processing, and the computer hardware guys failed to get beyond SMP. Also the EDA guys
failed to get to a sensible abstraction above RTL which might be usable by the software guys.
Currently the SDN folk are looking at the communication and trying to make networks “application aware”,
the next generation applications will probably be able to interact with network and just program it directly,
but that does require a bit more abstraction than IPv6, and that’s where the FPGAs look interesting.
This is the result of going away from the paradigm of instruction-stream-based computing, over
to data-stream-based computing. ...
But changing it will take decades, since since more than a half century of instruction-stream-based
software sits squarely on top.
Call to COMMENT
Can FPGAs win market share as processors?
Brian: The appeal of today‘s FPGAs as alternatives to processors is compelling.
Reiner: The massive power inefficiency caused by von Neumann syndrome is an important reason to
look for the speed-up factors and energy saving factors.
Jeremy: The real problem is that in some application areas the designs have been dictated by software people
Joan: FPGAs cannot run an OS (unless with a soft processor) therefore don't fit for tablets, computers and ...
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