Why? Partly out of fun and curiosity. We know it is possible - to run Vivado on the cloud. But seeing it in action on a Chromebook really makes us wonder what else can we do? After all, FPGA design is a compute-heavy task that is only practical with your company’s workstations and high-performance servers.
Anyway, since we can’t bend the laws of physics, we are not really running Vivado on Chromebooks. What we are doing is to use Plunify’s AI Lab to launch cloud servers pre-installed with Vivado and then access the entire development environment with just a browser. This works perfectly for a machine like a Chromebook, where the browser is main “portal” to what you want to do. So you can fix an RTL bug, easily re-build your design, collaborate with a friend while having coffee at your favorite cafe.
If you want to know more, read more at our blog - https://support.plunify.com/en/2018/08/20/vivado-chromebook/