Xilinx has announced Vitis, a unified software platform that enables a broad new range of developers – including software engineers and AI scientists – to take advantage of the power of hardware adaptability. Five years and a total of 1,000 man years in the making, the Vitis unified software platform automatically tailors the Xilinx hardware architecture to the software or algorithmic code, without the need for hardware expertise. Rather than imposing a proprietary development environment, the Vitis platform plugs into common software developer tools and utilises a rich set of optimised open source libraries, enabling developers to focus on their algorithms. Vitis is separate to the Vivado Design Suite, which will still be supported for those who want to programme using hardware code. But, Vitis can also boost the productivity of hardware developers by packaging hardware modules as software-callable functions.

With exponentially increasing compute needs, engineers and scientists are often limited by the fixed nature of silicon,” said Victor Peng, president and chief executive officer, Xilinx: “Xilinx has created a singular environment that enables programmers and engineers from all disciplines to co-develop and optimise both their hardware and software, using the tools and frameworks they already know and understand. This means that they can adapt their hardware architecture to their application without the need for new silicon.”


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