Building FPGA applications on AWS — and yes, for Deep Learning too

Julien Simon
Oct 9, 2017 · 9 min read

“Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way. Just don’t let go of my arm” — Stephen King

The case for non-CPU architectures

Source: Intel

With new workloads come new requirements

The King is dead, long live the King (?)

A chink in the GPU armor?

I’m pretty sure this guy is actually the Nvidia CEO.

The ASIC way

The FPGA way


Building FPGA applications

Source: AWS
Source: Xilinx

Deploying FPGA applications on AWS

Source: AWS
Source: AWS

Building Neural Networks with FPGAs

Source: “FPGA Implementations of Neural Networks”, Springer, 2006

Optimizing Deep Learning models for FPGAs

The next step: Deep Learning hardware

“What now? Let me tell you what now”

— Marcellus (Pulp Fiction)

Julien Simon

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Hacker. Headbanger. Harley rider. Hunter.

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