In September 2021, we kicked off our Adaptive Computing challenge for the second time in a row! We teamed up with Hackster.io, to challenge independent developers to create innovative applications combining the power of AMD/Xilinx adaptive computing platforms with our Vivado® ML, Vitis™ unified software platform, and Vitis AI development environments to solve real-world problems. This year’s challenge consisted of three main categories, each with a top prize of $10,000.
We also introduced two new categories: the “Xilinx University Program (XUP)”, where college students can submit their projects as well as the “Women in Technology” category, offered to individuals or teams composed by a majority (50% or more) of women. Both categories consisted of a top cash prize of $2,500.
This year’s contest saw over 2,000 registrations, producing 634 hardware applications, resulting in 165 qualified entries from developers spanning 35 countries. A total of 14 award winners were selected across the five categories, with a total prize pool of $70,000. With more than 3X the number of qualified entries compared to last year, we’re thrilled by the significant growth of the challenge and want to thank everyone that participated.
AI-enabled applications are increasingly being deployed at the edge. Cities are becoming safer with automated vision applications, Industrial IoT applications are requiring high-performance AI inference processing, and even retail is changing with smart check-out experiences.
We looked for the best use of the Xilinx Kria KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit, along with Vitis / Vitis AI to build edge computing applications.
Data centers are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to manage various tasks from monitoring equipment to server optimization. At the heart of the data center, FPGA-based adaptive computing is proving itself to be, in many cases, the most efficient and cost-effective solution for running complex AI workloads.
We looked for the best use of the VCK5000 combined with Vitis AI to accelerate AI inference.
Within the Big Data Analytics framework, this contest exclusively focused on accelerating blockchain applications including Proof of Work (PoW) algorithms that require high memory bandwidth and transaction validation for permission blockchains such as Hyperledger Fabric.
We challenged developers to build solutions on Xilinx Varium™ C1100 accelerator cards that make blockchain protocols and infrastructure more efficient and scalable.