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Open Domain-Specific Accelerators: What Are They & Why Should They Matter to Cloud & Network Providers?
Date / Time: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
Simon Stanley, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading

Jim Finnegan, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering, Netronome

The end of Moore's Law will increase the use of domain-specific accelerators to meet power-performance requirements in cloud infrastructure, network infrastructure and IoT/wireless edge applications. However, the high cost and complexity of accelerator development is a major factor restraining growth. To meet current and future growth demands, network providers need a more efficient and open approach to satisfy the needs of a wide range of data center applications.

Seven leading companies (Achronix, GlobalFoundries, Kandou, Netronome, NXP, Sarcina and SiFive) have joined forces to form the Open Domain-Specific Accelerator (ODSA) Workgroup. The primary goal of the ODSA Workgroup is to develop an open architecture and related specifications that will enable integration of multi-vendor chiplets to build best-of-breed silicon devices and reduce development and manufacturing costs. On this Light Reading webinar we will address the following:

  • How can cloud and network providers benefit from open domain-specific accelerators?
  • What best-of-breed components such as processors, accelerators, memory and I/O will be addressed in the architecture? Would there be any limitations?
  • What chiplet-based solutions can be supported today?
  • What are the technical and business challenges related to chiplets?
  • How can companies join and contribute to the ODSA Workgroup?


Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
Simon is founder and principal consultant of Earlswood Marketing, an independent market analysis and consulting company based in the U.K. His work has included investment due diligence, market analysis for investors and business/product strategy for semiconductor companies. Simon has written extensively for Heavy Reading and Light Reading, and he authors the bimonthly Heavy Reading Components Insiderresearch newsletter, covering the latest developments in telecom silicon and subsystems. His reports and Webinars cover a variety of communications-related subjects, including LTE, policy management, SDN/NFV, IMS, ATCA, 100/400G optical components, multicore processors, switch chipsets, network processors and optical transport. He has also run several Light Reading events, including Next-Generation Network Components and ATCA. Simon holds a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.

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Bapi Vinnakota, Senior Director, Silicon Architecture, Netronome
Prior to Netronome, Bapi Vinnakota joined Intel through an acquisition and was the architect of a flow processor for VoIP applications. At Intel, he was a Principal Engineer and worked in wired, wireless networking technology, university outreach for the IXP program, cloud computing and incubated a networking SaaS product. As a hobby, Bapi enjoys exploring algorithmic trading on the stock markets, developing and analyzing trading strategies in Python and R. He has published 50 journal and conference articles, is an author/co-author on ten patents and edited one book. Vinnakota taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, immediately after a PhD at Princeton.

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Jim Finnegan, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering, Netronome
Jim Finnegan, Netronome Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering, has over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and communications industries. Prior to Netronome, Jim was GM of both the Network Processor Division and the Communication Infrastructure Group's Technology Office at Intel. Prior to Intel, Jim was at Basis Communications, where he was a key member of the executive team that negotiated its acquisition by Intel.

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