Vinod Kathail is a Xilinx Fellow and Chief Architect for the Vitis development environment. At Xilinx, he initiated the software programmability effort and drove the development of a higher-level programming environment, called SDSoC, and its adoption. He also led the company-wide focus on embedded vision including machine learning usage in edge and endpoint applications. Prior to joining Xilinx, Vinod was the founding CEO and later CTO of Synfora, a high-level synthesis startup. Vinod brings over 25 years of experience in heterogenous programming environments, parallel and VLIW architectures, parallelizing compilers and high-level synthesis. Vinod received an ScD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He holds over 25 patents, and he has authored numerous publications.