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AI & ML Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) workshop

Date: 27th February

Location: Edinburgh, Bayes Centre

Time: TBC

Please contact: info@thedatalab.com to register interest.

Scotland has some strengths in FPGA and a number of organisations including EPCC, The Data Lab, ScotlandIS and Scottish Enterprise have come together to explore whether there is merit in working together to create a competitive advantage for Scottish based data intensive companies.

We are therefore inviting a select group of partners to consider the proposition, assess whether it has a degree of support and, if so, work together to develop a proposition that can be put to the wider community. We will hold an exploratory first meeting in the afternoon of the 27th February in Edinburgh.

The search for accelerator technology that can efficiently support the acceleration of algorithms and provide a robust platform for machine learning has led to the adoption and exploitation of a range of solutions. Whilst Nvidia with its GPGPUs has dominated the landscape for some time, field-programmable gate array technology (FPGA) appears to be having a renaissance.

Some of the components of the relevant expertise are:

– University of Edinburgh’s EPCC has core expertise in AI, HPC and links to Intel, Nvidia & the Alan Turing Institute.

– The University of Edinburgh School of Informatics has expertise in AI.

– University of Aberdeen has NLP expertise.

– Heriot Watt University has the Interaction Lab.

– A number of software companies, small and large, deeply engaged in recommender technology.

– Thales, with key interests in image processing, Arria NLG, experts in NLG and several companies with interests in NLP.

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