FIRE: FPGA Innovation Research Exchange

Utrecht, 6 Dec 2023

FIRE is a series of seminars, organized by SURF and the Hardware Accelleration Network NL. While the focus is on FPGAs, the angle is much broader. Through events like these FIRE brings together FPGA practitioners, computer science and engineering experts, scientific computing experts, application owners and HPC providers. The goal is to build a community through which we discuss and evaluate the need and usability of FPGAs in HPC and Scientific Computing.

On 6 December the third FIRE-seminar takes place.

Vincent Hindriksen of Stream HPC will talk about how different accelerators competed in the past 15 years, and why we keep choosing GPUs during all that time. Giving industry insights and overview, Vincent intends to polarize the discussions during the coffee breaks, with a wink.

The programme is very interesting, and we’re honored to be invited.


  • 9:45-10:15 – Opening with coffee
  • 10:15-10:30 – Introduction and updates
  • 10:30-12:00 – HWACC acceleration sessions
HWACC session talk 1 10:30 – 11:00 Vincent Hindriksen (Stream HPC) A brief history of accelerator tensions
HWACC session talk 2 11:00 – 11:30 Amirreza Yousefzadeh (IMEC) Accelerator design for RISC-V-based digital neuromorphic processors, design trade-offs and challenges
HWACC session talk 3 11:30 – 12:00 Roy Bulter (Thales) GPU-direct between FPGA and GPU
HWACC session talk 4 12:00 – 12:30 Tiziano De Matteis (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) DaCe: data centric parallel programming for heterogeneous platforms
  • 12:00-13:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00-14:30 – Keynote. Christos-Savvas Bouganis (Imperial College London): Deep Neural Networks in the Embedded Space: Opportunities and Challenges
  • 14:30-15:00 – Coffee break
  • 15:00-17:30 – FIRE talks session
FIRE session talk 1 15:30 – 16:00 Federico Corradi (Tu/e) Implementing spiking neural networks on FPGA for edge AI applications
FIRE session talk 2 16:00 – 16:30 Maurice Daverveldt (Optiver) FPGA usage for low latency trading
FIRE session talk 3 16:30 – 17:00 Jeremie Vandenplas (Wageningen University and Research) How can FPGAs contribute to sustainable animal breeding?

We hope to see you there!

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