Photonic-Electronic SmartNIC With Fast and Energy-Efficient Photonic Computing Cores (MIT)

A technical paper titled “Lightning: A Reconfigurable Photonic-Electronic SmartNIC for Fast and Energy-Efficient Inference” was published by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Abstract: "The massive growth of machine learning-based applications and the end of Moore's law have created a pressing need to redesign computing platforms. We propose Lightning, the first ... » read more

To Emulate Or Prototype?

FPGA Prototyping is more challenging than emulation. Yet for the time invested in prototype setup, developers are rewarded with a validation platform that is capable of running orders of magnitude faster than emulation. Emulation also has  benefits that appeal especially to design verification engineers. Aside from the completely automated compilation and setup flow, it offers robust debugg... » read more