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FCCM 2015

The 23rd IEEE International Symposium on
Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines

May 3-5, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Workshop on FPGAs in the Internet of Things
Sunday May 3rd


Gordon BrebnerXilinx
Sunil ShuklaIBM

The combination of pervasive connectivity and the explosion in the number of smart devices acting as sensors has created a demand for handling and processing large volumes of data. Given the vast assortment of devices, ranging from battery-powered sensors to massive data crunching backplanes and everything in between, the computational and communication requirements are very diverse. FPGAs have a number of key attributes that make them attractive at every level of the Internet of Things (IoT) computational stack: the ability to implement any custom digital logic circuit; the presence of a large number of customizable I/Os; and the inclusion of hard-core CPUs. FPGAs can also contribute to flexibility and programmability in the localized communication networks (sometimes known as “fog computing”) that are needed to connect the Things.

The objective of this workshop is to explore the opportunities for FCCM in the Internet of Things, and discuss research directions to achieve this. The workshop brings together four experts who will discuss important aspects of the IoT, and their own opinions on the role of FCCMs. Each expert will give a presentation, followed by discussion, in a 40-minute slot. This will then be followed by a 60-minute open discussion of the future research agenda, with the four experts forming a panel together

Program Summary

Sunday 3rd May
15:00 - 15:40 IoT, Fog Computing, and the Convergence of Information Technologies and Operations Technologies
Presentation Slides
Flavio Bonomi, Nebbiolo Technologies
15:40 - 16:20 Delivering secure, real-time business insights for the Industrial world
Presentation Slides
Arnaud Mathieu, IBM
16:20 - 16:30Break
16:30 - 17:10 PPP (Price, Power and Package) – Opportunities for Innovation in Mobile Computing
Presentation Slides
Satwant Singh and Thomas Watzka, Lattice Semiconductor
17:10 - 17:50 Microwatt to Megawatt, Transforming Edge to Data Centre Insights
Presentation Slides
Steve Langridge, Huawei Canada Research Centre
17:50 - 18:00Break
18:00 - 19:00 Open discussion with expert panel
Gordon Brebner, Arnaud Mathieu, Steve Langridge, Satwant Singh, Thomas Watzka
19:00 - 21:00FCCM Opening Reception

Presentation Details

Flavio Bonomi, Nebbiolo Technologies
The core challenges and the richest rewards in the manifestation of the Internet of Things will come from addressing the convergence of the Information Technologies and Operational Technologies, in the context of vast vertical markets such as Industrial Automation, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Oil and Gas, and Building Automation. Information Technologies such as Cloud Computing, Secure Networking, Wireless Mobile Networking, Data Management and Analytics, Remote Management, can successfully meet the world of Operational Technologies such as Industrial Deterministic Networking, Industrial Critical Control, Process Scheduling and Optimization, and Robotics.
Flavio Bonomi is the founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Nebbiolo Technologies, a young startup active in the domain of the Internet of Things, with particular focus on Industrial Automation. He is also involved in consulting and advisory roles on IoT with a number of large corporations and startups, as well as the incubation of new startups. Previously, Flavio was a Cisco Fellow, Vice President, and the Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, California. He was co-leading the vision and technology direction for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative. This broad, Cisco-wide initiative encompasses major verticals, including Energy, Connected Vehicle and Transportation, and Connected Cities. In this role, with the support of his team, he shaped a number of Research and innovation efforts relating to mobility, security, communications acceleration, distributed computing and data management.
Arnaud Mathieu, IBM
With the ubiquity of connectable sensors, I will show how to leverage a Platform as a Service (PaaS) like Bluemix to turn data into Insights. The Internet of Things (IoT) Service on Bluemix makes it easy to connect quickly and securely various devices to share the data with high level analytics services in real-time. From predictive maintenance to more efficient operations, the Internet of Things can transform enterprises and help to disrupt competitors.
Arnaud Mathieu is the Program Director, Internet of Things Development - IBM Analytics. In his position, Mr. Mathieu oversees all the research and development work for IBM MessageSight and the Internet of Things Foundation Service on Bluemix. Mr. Mathieu has held various technical and management roles during his 18 years career at IBM. Most recently, he was responsible for the Financial Services Solutions development organization. Mr. Mathieu also worked with Tivoli earlier in his career. Mr. Mathieu graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) in Paris, France.
Satwant Singh and Thomas Watzka, Lattice Semiconductor
Contrary to conventional wisdom, a new breed of low-power, low-cost FPGAs have recently been developed to enable mobile product developers to rapidly develop and deliver compelling new products to the market. Success in these markets and applications requires ASIC-like Power, Package technology and Price (PPP) – characteristics that have not, historically, been associated with FPGA products. This presentation will provide insight into these multi-dimensional challenges and describe opportunities for research and innovation that offer the potential to enable new applications in the emerging mobile and wearable markets.
Satwant Singh has been involved in the FPGA industry for over 25 years, starting with his graduate research related to the question, "What logic block would provide the best performance for an FPGA?" at the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently, as Director of Strategic Planning and Ecosystem at Lattice Semiconductor Corp., his responsibilities include working with the industry partners to develop roadmaps and standards for addressing the emerging and growing industries, like, mobile and IOT. For example, at MIPI Alliance, he is the vice chair of the Sensor Working Group that is developing the specifications for a new sensor interface, I3C/SenseWire, that would be backwards compatible to the legacy I2C and, at the same time, will include improved features for lower power, lower latency and higher throughput. In February 2014, he organized and moderated a panel related to FPGAs in mobile at the 22nd ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), California. He holds over 25 patents.
Thomas Watzka is the Technical Mobile Solutions Manager at Lattice Semiconductor. He has over 15 years of experience in developing embedded products including 6 years at Lattice developing consumer mobile solutions with the iCE family of mobile FPGA devices.
Steve Langridge, Huawei Canada Research Centre
Steve Langridge is the Director, R&D – Hardware Acceleration Platform for Huawei. Steve started the Huawei Canada Research Centre in Toronto in early 2014. Previously, he worked for IBM for 18 years across multiple careers ranging from building hardware to software to data centers and cloud solutions. Steve is passionate about marrying the worlds of HW & Software to create new platforms that will bring further insight into the human experience.