I really want to see hybrid chips like Zynq get somewhere in the market, but the flexibility needs to be more accessible. I would like to see something along the lines of an FPGA JIT, where the OS on the fixed CPU recognises it is doing something difficult and automatically programmes a segment of the FPGA to offload that task. Think back to the transputer concepts of the 80s, well we are now doing this in software with JIT optimisation of code but we should push some of that back down to the hardware. I can foresee a JIT which reprogrammes an FPGA, I just can't make it happen.
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