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This Developing FPGA - accelerated cloud applications with SDAccel - Theory course offered by Coursera in partnership with Politecnico di Milano is for anyone passionate in learning how to develop FPGA-accelerated applications with SDAccel!

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Overview

Key Features

We are entering in an era in which technology progress induces paradigm shifts in computing!

As a tradeoff between the two extreme characteristics of GPP and ASIC, we can find a new concept, a new idea of computing... the reconfigurable computing, which has combined the advantages of both the previous worlds. Within this context, we can say that reconfigurable computing will widely, pervasively, and gradually impact human lives. Hence, it is time that we focus on how reconfigurable computing and reconfigurable system design techniques are to be utilised for building applications.

One one hand reconfigurable computing can have better performance with respect to a software implementation but paying this in terms of time to implement. On the other hand a reconfigurable device can be used to design a system without requiring the same design time and complexity compared to a full custom solution but being beaten in terms of performance.

Within this context, the Xilinx SDx tools, including the SDAccel environment, the SDSoC environment, and Vivado HLS, provide an out-of-the-box experience for system programmers looking to partition elements of a software application to run in an FPGA-based hardware element, and having that hardware work seamlessly with the rest of the application running in a processor or embedded processor. 

The out-of-the-box experience will provide interesting and, let us say, “good enough” results for many applications. 

However, this may not be true for you, you may be looking for better performance, data throughput, reduced latency, or to reduce the resources usage... This Developing FPGA - accelerated cloud applications with SDAccel - Theory course offered by Coursera in partnership with Politecnico di Milano is focusing exactly on this. After introducing you to the FPGAs we are going to dig more into the details on how to use Xilinx SDAccel providing you also with working examples on how to optimize the hardware logic to obtain the best of of your hardware implementations. In this case, certain attributes, directives, or pragmas, can be used to direct the compilation and synthesis of the hardware kernel, or to optimise the function of the data mover operating between the processor and the hardware logic.

Furthermore, In this course we are going to focus on distributed, heterogeneous infrastructures, presenting how to bring your solutions to life by using the Amazon EC2 F1 instances.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Familizarize youself with FPGA technologies
  • A bird's eye view on SDAccel
  • On how to optmize your system
  • Optimize your system via SDAccel
  • Other optimizations
  • FPGA-augmented cloud infrastructures

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.

Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate Level

  • This course is aimed at students with prior programming experience and a desire to understand computation approaches to problem solving.

Tuition Fee

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