Compiler purchase makes Xilinx adaptable computing accessible

Compiler purchase makes Xilinx adaptable computing accessible

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By Ally Winning

Xilinx bought the company to enhance its Xilinx Vitis Unified Software Platform with automated hardware-aware optimizations to make adaptive computing more accessible to software developers.

Falcon Computing’s compiler technology will be integrated into Xilinx’ Vitis platform to allow software developers to quicken C++ applications with minimal hardware expertise. Falcon Computing’s source code transformation reduces the requirements for application developers to adapt code, or add architecture-specific programming directives, to achieve significant hardware acceleration.

“The growing demand for adaptive computing is driving a new era of FPGA adoption in the data center and embedded applications,” said Salil Raje, executive vice president and general manager, Data Center Group at Xilinx. “Falcon Computing’s innovative compiler technology and highly specialized compiler team will provide critical expertise that will advance software programmability and help bring the benefits of adaptive computing to more developers.”

“Our compiler technology enables software developers to quickly achieve an order of magnitude acceleration over CPUs with very little knowledge of the FPGA hardware architecture, as our compiler provides a high degree of automation to optimize off-chip data movement, on-chip data reuse, memory partitioning, parallel and pipelined computation acceleration,” said Dr. Jason Cong, co-founder and chairman of Falcon Computing. “The single-source Open-MP like programming style is very friendly to a large base of C/C++ software developers, especially those from the high-performance computing and embedded system communities.”

Falcon Computing has been at the forefront of the new wave of FPGA adoption. Dr. Cong, the founder of Falcon Computing, also co-founded AutoESL (now Vitis HLS) which Xilinx acquired in 2010 and Neptune Design Automation (now part of Vivado) which Xilinx acquired in 2013. Falcon Computing is headquartered in Los Angeles.

The terms of the asset purchase are not being disclosed.

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