The New Open “Edge”

Presentors: Doug Eng.

Chair of LFEdge Akraino Technical Community Subcommittee

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 13:00 - 15:00

Abstract: LF Edge is an umbrella organization that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. By bringing together industry leaders, LF Edge will create a common framework for hardware and software standards and best practices critical to sustaining current and future generations of IoT and edge devices. We are fostering collaboration and innovation across the multiple industries including industrial manufacturing, cities and government, energy, transportation, retail, home and building automation, automotive, logistics and health care — all of which stand to be transformed by edge computing. LF Edge was launched in Jan. 2019. In nearly four years, the community has successfully accomplished building a thriving ecosystem for Edge innovation, including key project initiatives, State of the Edge White paper, and joint conferences. This tutorial will cover the introduction of LFEdge, its current active projects, and guideline for community involvement.

Doug Eng has over 30+ years industry experience developing Mobile Nework, 5G, IoT architectures. He is a VP of Development at Raedon, a former Director of Architecture and Solutions at VMware and distinguished Technical Architect at ATT. Doug also is responsible for connecting worlds of Marketing and Network Architecture which often means translating new Marketing ideas into network design concepts and new network standards into new business opportunities. He is the Chair of LFEdge Akraino Technical Community Subcommittee to support new Projects and collaboration, and active contributor of Akraino and other opensource community.

Introduction to SYCL and oneAPI: an open path for heterogeneous computing

Presenters: Ben Odom, James Reinders

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 13:00 - 15:00

Abstract: Programming for heterogeneous computing has long been based on single-vendor proprietary stacks. SYCL and oneAPI seek to remedy that, which will help enable the “Cambrian Explosion” of devices predicted for this "New Golden Era for Computer Architecture". Enabling this new era allow our use of the wider variety of devices coming to market. Such devices are often labelled ‘accelerators’ although their most important purpose is being more power efficient for select tasks which is why they are so important on the edge.

Join us for a hands-on experience to help grasp the essence of SYCL and oneAPI through lectures, discussions, and programming exercises. Open approaches for programming heterogeneous/accelerated computing will prevail over proprietary models as the implications of a "New Golden Era for Computer Architecture" emerge. SYCL (a Khronos standard) and oneAPI (an open standard managed by Codeplay, initially created by Intel) exemplify approaches that are vendor and architecture independent – such approaches are very important to understand. Attendees are encouraged to get a free oneAPI DevCloud account ahead of class, although it is usually fast enough to sign up during class if needed.

Ben Odom is a Developer Evangelist focused on highlighting training and showcasing Intel products and tools to developers worldwide. Recently been has been working on Artificial Intelligence, developing coursework for Intel’s developer ecosystem and then delivering trainings for both industry and academic developers interested in using Intel’s optimized frameworks and libraries. Currently Ben is working to develop coursework for oneAPI SYCL. Ben has been in the tech industry for over 20 years, and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Oregon Health Sciences University.

James Reinders, Intel Engineer. James is focused on enabling parallel programming in a heterogeneous world, specifically the DPC++ project (SYCL for LLVM), and the oneAPI initiative. James is an author/co-author/editor of ten technical books related to parallel programming; his latest book is about SYCL (free download: https://www.apress.com/book/9781484255735).