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Master Thesis on FPGA resource management

Stockholm, Sweden
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Job Description

Date: Oct 22, 2018

Background

FPGAs are being deployed in the data-centers to accelerate cloud applications (e.g. Bing Search). Public cloud providers are starting to offer FPGAs (e.g. Amazon F1 instance) to enable the users to generate custom hardware accelerators for their applications. The current models of executing applications on cloud-based FPGAs are typically limited to single applications, which means the FPGA resources are not shared and fully in line with original promises of cloud business models. To solve this problem, FPGA resources (logic blocks, internal memory, external memory bandwidth etc..) can be divided into multiple partitions and can thus host accelerators for multiple tenants in parallel. To get a better understanding of the problem area, please refer to “Vaishnav, A., Pham, K.D. and Koch, D., 2018. A Survey on FPGA Virtualization. 28th FPL.”

 

Project Goals

The goal of the master thesis is to develop an abstraction layer to the FPGA, which exposes the partitions as virtual FPGAs to the users and monitors their resource usage in the cloud.

 

Work Description

The thesis work comprises several tasks

  • Review existing techniques to support multi-tenancy on FPGAs
  • Design resource usage monitors for virtual FPGAs
  • Develop a framework that uses Partial Reconfiguration Design Flow to generate bitstreams of accelerator function units provided by multiple users.
  • Integrate Virtual FPGAs in the Kubernetes container orchestration platform
  • Demo and documentation of a working solution    

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • MSc Student in Computer Science/Engineering or other related fields
  • Good knowledge of  Xilinx Partial Reconfiguration design flow and Vivado HLS
  • Working knowledge of Kubernetes and Linux environment.
  • Good programing skills are required; knowledge of C/C++, Verilog, Tcl

 

Additional Details

The work is expected to start in January/February 2019. The work is proposed for one student for a duration of 6 months. Location is at Ericsson Research in Stockholm (Kista), Sweden. For informal queries, feel free to email ahsan.javed.awan@ericsson.com.


Please submit your application in English as soon as possible - we are working continuously with candidate selection.

 

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Primary country and city: Sweden (SE) || || Stockholm || Stud&YP

Req ID: 261492