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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/16] Intel FPGA Device Drivers
On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 12:38:10PM -0700, Luebbers, Enno wrote:
> Hi Jerome,
> On Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 04:27:00PM -0400, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > Do we have an open source toolchain to generate the FPGA configuration
> > (bitstream) ? As it is required for the GPU sub-system that any driver
> > API must comes with open source userspace.
> As far as I know, no FPGA vendor currently provides an open-source version of
> their FPGA synthesis tools - there are, however, free (as in beer) versions
> available for download that can be used for generating FPGA bitstreams. Also,
> there are a number of projects to replace parts of the vendor tools with open
> alternatives (yosys comes to mind, which I believe recently added initial
> support for synthesizing logic for Intel FPGAs).
> As an aside, we are also working on an open-source user-space library that would
> allow you to use this driver to load existing accelerator bitstreams as well as
> enumerate and access accelerators present in the system. This would enable
> workflows where users have access to e.g. a library of FPGA accelerator
> bitstreams and want to write applications that take advantage of these
> accelerators, even without having access to an FPGA synthesis tool.

Yosys is not an open source toolchain is use quartus at least that is my
understand from this commit:

It is like if on GPU we only had close source compiler for the GPU
instructions set. So FPGA is definitly following different rules than
open source upstream GPU kernel driver abides to.

I see this as highly problematic if not only for security purposes
there is no way for anyone to audit how secure and sane the API you
want to expose to userspace. Those FPGA might have connection to
memory bus or device bus and thus they might get access to any memory.

So i am baffle on how anyone can do any serious review of anything the
fpga driver are doing.


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