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Keynote Speakers

First keynote:
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Weston, JP Morgan
Title: Field Programmable Logic in investment banking - why scale and complexity drive the need for speed

Increased complexity and scale in both models and data, combined with the demands of high frequency trading, the risk management of complex portfolios and the competitive and regulatory environment have conspired together to create huge computational challenges for global banks. This talk considers the scope of these challenges and examines how field programmable logic devices can be used to provide computational speed at a price-performance point attractive to both technologists and business users alike.

Second keynote:
Speaker: Nick Tredennick

Nick Tredennick has the usual degrees from typical universities and has held an uninspiring assortment of run-of-the-mill jobs. For example, he has been a fry cook, Air Force pilot, janitor, university professor, dishwasher, design engineer, truck driver, naval officer, oil field worker, and corporate executive. He even helped start a few companies, but was soon forced out. Despite an appalling lack of knowledge about programmable logic and electronics in general, he was once Chief Scientist at Altera, a leading maker of programmable logic devices. And, through what could only have been a monumental bureaucratic foul-up, he was also once a Research Staff Member at IBM's prestigious Watson Research Center. Tredennick has put considerable effort into finding something he could do well. No luck so far. He started his career as a working engineer (nerd), but moved to management when he found watching people work was easier than working. He moved to a university when he found talking about work was even easier than watching it. He has finally reached the pinnacle of his career in a position where he doesn't even have to talk about work.

Title: Reconfigurable Systems Emerge 2.0

As the world shifts from tethered to mobile, reconfigurable systems will emerge. That's the first sentence from the abstract for "Reconfigurable Systems Emerge," a talk I gave at FPL in 2004. In this talk, I review predictions from that talk (e.g., rise of reconfigurable systems, non-volatile PLDs). Some predictions are OK (perhaps obvious even at the time) and some are either wrong or pending. I discuss the rationale for the original predictions and analyze the results with the benefit of hindsight. The FPGA market grows at about the rate of the semiconductor market. Why isn't it growing faster? Why are the major FPGA companies slow to incorporate advanced features? Will non-volatile memory ever arrive? Who manages the big FPGA companies? I'll combine answers to these questions with current industry trends (e.g., ubiquitous game interfaces, rising levels of abstraction, physics-based simulators) to offer an updated set of predictions that we can begin to ridicule within a year or two.