It would be very interesting to see the wide adoption of "softly" defined networks based on FPGAs.
In the past, there were several research/academic efforts to design adaptive network processing platforms based on FPGAs (e.g. Reconfigurable Network Processing Platforms, Adaptive FPGA for network applications, DyNaCore, etc).
I believe using the proposed platform/framework by Xilinx, and with the wide spread of OpenFlow, now is the right time for FPGA-based network devices to be widely adopted.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.