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Hastlayer on .NET Conf!

Next week, between 19-21 September you can tune in to the .NET Conf virtual conference. Organized by Microsoft and the .NET community it's quite a big .NET event; and Hastlayer will be part of it too! We'll showcase the magic under the title "Turning software into computer chips - Hastlayer" on day 2 (20 September) at 17:00 UTC. It's really exciting to share Hastlayer with all the fellow .NET developers out there! See you at .NET Conf! You can check out the full agenda as well, there are many interesting talks coming.

GPU Day with Hastlayer again

Just as last year, this 22-23 June Hastlayer will again be showcased at the GPU Day conference, organized by the Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Expect to see some exciting news on what we've built with Hastlayer. Scientific computations ahead! This year's conference is even sponsored by us!

Hastlayer in India: IEEE iNIS

In December Hastlayer was a guest in India: we were visiting the IEEE iNIS conference in the city of Gwalior! Organized by various groups within IEEE (that needs no introduction as the world's largest engineering organization) the International Symposium on Nanoelectronic and Information Systems was focused mostly on electronics in various computer systems. It was hosted by the university of ABV-IIITM where the IT student also commonly specialize in creating FPGA and VLSI circuits. Hastlayer was one of the sessions touching on software development while keeping the connection with logic hardware design. After IEEE SMC this was the second IEEE event Hastlayer was a part of!

Showcasing Hastlayer on IEEE's SMC 2016 conference

As mentioned earlier Hastlayer was part of the show on the IEEE SMC conference! With about 1000 people signed up from all over the world we had quite a big crowd checking out our table too, meeting with many inspiring people during the four days of the conference. IEEE is one of the world's most famous and renowned (as well as largest) technical professional organization that needs no introduction. IEEE's Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC) held its annual conference in October in Budapest, Hungary. Showing the weight of the event even the President and CEO of IEEE itself, Barry L. Shoop, was attending. A lot of people came to our table to see what Hastlayer is and what is it good for. We're looking forward to the fruitful partnerships that will come out of all of these new connections!

Hastlayer will be an exhibit on IEEE's SMC 2016 conference

IEEE is one of the world's most famous and renowned (as well as largest) technical professional organization that needs no introduction. IEEE's Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC) will hold its annual conference in October and Hastlayer will be part of the conference's exhibition! Further info will come! For now we can definitely say that we'll be an exhibitor at SMC 2016, with a booth on the sessions' floor for the whole duration of the conference. If you come to SMC 2016 be sure to check out Hastlayer too for a hands-on demo!

FPGAs among GPUs: Hastlayer on GPU Day

GPU programming is commonplace today but utilizing FPGAs to make softwar faster isn't: that's how Hastlayer arrived at the conference called GPU Day to make the power of FPGAs available to the masses! GPU Day is a yearly GPU and now also high-performance computing conference in Budapest, Hungary (and it's now actually two days!). The organizer is the internationally renowed Wigner Research Centre for Physics, a scientific institute also using GPUs and FPGAs for computing tasks. The conference is intentionally kept small with around 80 attendees, but this also allows for visitors to really connect with each other. This year the venue for GPU Day was the futuristic Wigner Data Centre, the computer datacenter that processes data of CERN's particle physics experiments. And the event was a blast: great crowd, insightful discussions and exciting talks by people from around Europe. We presented the state of Hastlayer with a live demonstration, an improved version of what we've shown at ProgSCon. Unfortunately no recordings or photos, sorry!

Hastlayer in London again: visiting ProgSCon 2016

ProgSCon is a cozy programming conference held yearly in London, organized by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. We at Lombiq also sponsored the conference in 2016 and gave the first public full-blown demo of Hastlayer ever! Turning software into hardware - HastlayerSoftware is flexible, specialized hardware is extremely fast. So why not write software, then turn it into a computer chip? This is what Hastlayer does by transforming .NET software into FPGA-implemented logic circuits.The result is faster and uses less power while developers just keep on writing software. You may not be able to tell just by looking at it but behind some function calls now really an FPGA is working! (slides) This was the topic of our talk and hopefully attendees weren't disappointed: for the first time we showcased Hastlayer in its entirety, including how you as a developer would utilize it. You can also watch the full talk: If you're interested you can also download the slides of the Hastlayer talk here. Want to see our rig? These two very ordinary FPGA boards can make your software orders of magnitude faster!

Hastlayer first unveiled at FPL 2015 London

The first public unveil of Hastlayer happened in the fall of 2015 on the FPL 2015 conference (FPL stands for Field-programmable Logic, so everything related to the technology of FPGAs). FPL 2015 was organized by the Imperial College London and held in the university's London campus. We with Hastlayer got the opportunity to take part on the Demo Night and showcase the state of the project to the attendees. The Hastlayer table/"booth" with our poster and two from the Hastlayer team: Zoltán Lehóczky and Benedek Farkas Attendees were mostly professionals who work with field-programmable technologies, less software developers who'd need a solution like Hastlayer. Despite this the feedback we got was very valuable. People generally really liked how easy to use Hastlayer is. And here's the poster from the above picture!