FPGA Architecture evolution and opportunities in the next decade

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FPGA Architecture evolution and opportunities in the next decade
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hewlett 101
Ilya Ganusov - Intel
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FPGA architecture has evolved dramatically over the past 30+ years, expanding from simple use cases of board glue logic to complex acceleration workloads in high-speed networking, wireless communications, and embedded compute applications. This talk will first briefly look at how major FPGA components advanced over time to serve continually evolving FPGA markets with increasingly stringent performance and power requirements. We will then highlight some of the key software and hardware innovations in the latest Agilex generation of Intel FPGAs which enabled the highest single-generation performance and power efficiency improvements in Altera/Intel's history. Finally, we will look towards the next decade of FPGA evolution and discuss what lessons of the past can teach us about upcoming opportunities and challenges for the next-generation FPGA platforms.


Ilya Ganusov is a Senior Principal Engineer and Director of the FPGA Core Architecture group at Intel. He leads research in FPGA core architecture, architectural tools, and technology pathfinding. He joined Intel in 2018 to lead the Agilex FPGA core architecture development and definition of application-specific optimizations for AI, HPC, and wireless communication applications. Prior to Intel, he led projects to improve performance and power efficiency of multiple FPGA generations at Xilinx and designed asynchronous FPGAs at Achronix. 

Ilya received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ivanovo State Power Engineering University, Russia. He holds over 40 granted patents and has authored dozens of publications in the fields of FPGA architectures, CAD algorithms, memory hierarchy, and circuit design. He was recognized for his contributions to FPGA architecture with a 2021 Intel Achievement Award and 2017 Xilinx Ross Freeman Award.