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Wednesday, September 15 • 8:35am - 8:45am
Lightning Talk: Software Development for ML and RISC-V Vector Accelerators - Lee Moore & Simon Davidmann, Imperas Software

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The RISC-V Vector Extensions offer developers a wide range of options and configurations to provide hardware acceleration for the key algorithms for compute intensive applications such as Machine Learning. In addition, the RISC-V ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) supports custom instructions and heterogeneous multicore arrays that can scale to address the most demanding requirements. This talk will highlight the eSol project that successfully mixed an Arm Corex-A57 and 16 RISC V cores to accelerate the ALEXNET image recognition deep neural network as a custom hardware accelerator. Using standard training datasets, the workload requirements across the processor array was established for the key metrics for performance and optimization. Further software development helped to fine tune the application and provide test cases that can be used throughout the hardware design and verification process. While the investment in custom hardware accelerators is significant, the support for future software developers is essential for adoption. This early phase software-based analysis helps to jump-start the software optimization, lifecycle management, and the increasing importance of digital twins as operational references.

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Simon Davidmann

CEO, Imperas Software
Simon Davidmann has been working on simulators and EDA products since 1978. He is founder and CEO of Imperas and initiator of Open Virtual Platforms (www.OVPworld.org) - the place for Fast Processor Models. Simon is also the chair of the Verification Task Group of the OpenHW Group... Read More →
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Lee Moore

Senior Applications Engineer, Imperas Software
Lee Moore is the lead engineer at Imperas for RISC-V processor models and simulation tools. Prior to Imperas, Lee worked as a senior consulting engineer for EDA vendors such as Co-Design Automation and Ambit, and for ASIC vendor NEC Electronics. Lee is also a private pilot, and recently... Read More →

Wednesday September 15, 2021 8:35am - 8:45am PDT
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