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Huge six day conference Xilinx Adapt 2021 kicks off - edge, AI, and big data

By Ryan Morris-Reade, 08 Sep 2021

New solutions and IP have been revealed for software, AI, and hardware developer communities in the first week of Xilinx Adapt 2021, the virtual technology conference. 

The first week will focus on software and hardware developers, with news highlights that include a complete software stack for intelligent video analytics applications and an expanded video and imaging IP portfolio for UltraScale and Versal devices.

Xilinx has also announced that Hackster.io will again be conducting its Adaptive Computing Challenge design contest. As part of the expanded contest, now in its second year, Hackster.io will award USD$70,000 in total prize money to 15 winners and over 350 boards in prizes. The Adaptive Computing Challenge 2021 also adds new categories recognising innovations by university students and women-in-technology teams. 

The Adapt 2021 conference takes place from September 7th to the 16th. It features executive keynotes with appearances from partners and customers. Along with a series of more than 100 presentations, forums, product training and labs designed to help users unlock the value of adaptive computing. 

The free, six-day event kicks off with three days of content targeting software and hardware developers. The final three days will focus on the company's broad end-market segments, with dedicated sessions covering aerospace and defence, automotive, data centre, industrial, medical, and wired and wireless businesses.

"The first week of Xilinx Adapt is designed to educate new, as well as advanced developers on the latest development environments and resources available to more easily build applications on Xilinx platforms," says Xilinx VP of marketing, AI and software, Ramine Roane. 

"We're committed to helping the developer community accelerate applications on adaptive hardware to propel the industry forward and have a positive impact on people's lives. We're making the programming of adaptive platforms more accessible to all developers by interfacing to popular domain-specific and more generic open-source development frameworks."

Hackster.io again challenges developers to combine Xilinx adaptive computing platforms with the Vitis unified software platform, Vitis AI development environment, or Vivado ML Edition to solve real-world problems. 

Contestants in the 2021 Adaptive Computing Challenge will compete in three categories: edge computing, data centre AI, and big data analytics, which includes early access to a new big data analytics developer board for big data and associated applications. The top prize in each category is USD$10,000.
 
In addition, the Xilinx University Program is sponsoring Adaptive Computing Challenge submissions from college students for projects in each of the three categories for an additional USD$2,500 prize. The contest is designed to encourage innovation in adaptive compute acceleration at colleges and universities.

Xilinx says encouraging and celebrating the talents of women is a key initiative. The company says to further support diversity in the technology space; it's sponsoring a new Women in Technology award with a cash prize of USD$2,500. Teams composed of at least 50% women are eligible to submit their project for this additional award, alongside their edge computing, data centre AI and big data analytics submissions.

 

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