IBM Research GmbH, (IBM Research -Zürich), with approximately 300 employees, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the IBM Research division with headquarters at the T.J. Watson Research Centerin Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. IBM Research -Zürich, which was established in 1956, represents the European branch of IBM Research. At the lab, scientific and industrial research is conducted in three scientific and technical departments: Cloud & Computing Infrastructure, Cognitive Computing & Industry Solutions, Science and Technology. Main research topics are nanotechnology, supercomputing, advanced server technology, RAID systems & tape storage, security and privacy. IBM Research -Zürich is involved in more than 80 joint projects with universities throughout Europe, in research programs established by the European Union and the Swiss government, and in co-operation agreements with research institutes of industrial partners.



Christoph Hagleitner(IBM Research) received his Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich in 1997 and 2002, respectively. In 2015, he received an MBA degree from Warwick Business School. Christoph Hagleitner coordinated the FP7 project NEMIAC and lead many WPs and Tasks in other FP7 and H2020 projects. The main focus of his technical research are energy-efficient and high-performance hardware accelerators for business and high-performance computing applications. His research agenda spans topics from novel computing paradigms (e.g., NEM switches for logic applications) to application-level acceleration (e.g., text analytics acceleration for the processing of unstructured documents). He has authored and co-authored 80+ papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and written/edited several book chapters.

 Dionysios Diamantopoulos (IBM Research)is a Research Scientist at the Cloud and AI Systems Research department of IBM Research Europe -Zurich Lab. His research interests include energy-efficient reconfigurable systems, transprecision computing, near-memory computing, high-level synthesis, and heterogenous systems for hybrid cloud and AI. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from ECE/Technical University of Athens (2015), and a Diploma of Engineering from CEID/University of Patras (2009). His research is disseminated in more than 35 publications of peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. He has filed 4 patents with USPTO. He has served in the TPC of DATE2020 and FPT2021 conferences and the ATCET workshop of ISC18. He has also co-organized the “CloudFPGA DevOps” workshop at the FPL2020 conference. He has served as a reviewer in numerous conferences and journals, including DAC, DATE, FPL, FPT, ISCAS, ACM TRETS, TECS, TACO, IEEE Access, and MICRO. He is a member of HiPEAC, IEEE, IEEE CAS, OpenPOWER, and Technical Chamber of Greece.

Francois Abel(IBM Research) is a research staff member in the Cloud and AI Systems Research department of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (Switzerland). His research interest is on high-speed networking with an emphasis on systems architecture and VLSI design of server interconnect fabrics and network accelerators. Francois holds a Dipl.-Eng. degree from the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs, Belfort, France, and a MSc in Microelectronics from the Institut Supérieur de Microélectronique Appliquée, Marseille, France. He has co-authored 25 publications, contributed 35 patents, and is the father of the IBM cloudFPGA project, a disaggregated cloud and computing infrastructure to deploy FPGAs at large scale in hyperscale datacenters.

Burkhard Ringlein (IBM Research) received his Master of Science degree in November 2018 at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). Afterwards, he joined IBM Research Zurich as a Predoctoral Researcher in the Cloud & AI Systems Research department and pursues his PhD in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science, Computer Architecture at FAU. As part of the cloudFPGA project, he is focusing on Distributed Reconfigurable Architectures in the context of High-Performance-Computing and AI Acceleration. Besides this, he is interested in designing compiler stacks for supporting heterogeneous computing platforms. During his Master studies, he also worked for the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, developing a reconfigurable processor for Space applications, and for IBM Security in Germany and USA, researching cognitive security analysis frameworks.

MAIN activities

IBM is the project coordinator and leads the creation of the prototype platform for the EVEREST project. The prototype of the EVEREST target system leverages tightly integrated accelerators based on IBMs coherent OpenCAPI interface as well as the cloudFPGA platform targeted at network-attached accelerators and edge devices. Together with the HW-& SW -technology partners in the consortium, IBM will integrate the platform components with the run-time system and compiler stack.