Watch Bluespec CTO Demo BSV & BH for RISC-V Open Source Hardware Accelerator at International Conference on Functional Programming

Bluespec CTO Rishiyur S. Nikhil conducted a tutorial, “Designing Hardware Systems and Accelerators with Open-Source BH (Bluespec Haskell)” on August 23, 2020 at the 25th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming.

Bluespec CTO Rishiyur S. Nikhil’s Demo, “Designing Hardware Systems and Accelerators with Open-Source BH”

The Rise of Open Source Hardware Acceleration

While this is a programming languages-oriented conference, not normally a venue for hardware design topics, there is a rapidly growing interest in open source hardware accelerators. Bluespec’s leading expertise in RISC-V open source hardware acceleration made them the perfect candidate to meet this need. Additionally, the Bluespec Haskell (BH) language has been in high demand, providing a major competitive advantage to the highly Haskell-knowledgeable attendees of ICFP.

Open Source Hardware Acceleration on an SoC

Using a hands-on presentation and demo format, Nikhil took the audience from a simple “Hello World!” example of a few lines all the way to a full-blown SoC driving a fully pipelined, memory-to-memory sorting accelerator, all written in the Bluespec languages BSV and BH, and utilizing Bluespec, Inc.’s open-source “Flute” RISC-V CPU.

Watch the full presentation HERE.

The tutorial of the materials can be found HERE.

You can access the open-source content here.

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