The 2016 International Conference on

Field-Programmable Technology (FPT '16)

7-9 December, Jianguo Hotel, Xi’an, China


FPT 2016 will follow the tradition of previous FPTs of having an FPGA design competition associated with the conference. Following from FPT 2015, we have again selected the game Trax for the design competition

You can purchase the Trax book at discounted price at


Trax is a two player abstract strategy game of loops and lines. It can be played on any flat surface (no board) using identical square tiles with straights on one side and curves on the other.

The rules of TRAX are simple: place tiles adjacent to those already in play such that the colours of the tracks match. The objective is to get a loop or line of your colour while attempting to stop your opponent in their colour. What gives Trax its strategic depth is the forced play rule which allows (or even requires) multiple tiles to be played in a turn.

TRAX was invented in New Zealand by David Smith in 1980 and is now sold and played in many countries.

Challenges for an FPGA implementation:

    Managing the potentially unlimited size of the playing area

    Devising a representation of the position that allows efficient play

    Devising an effective evaluation of a position

Here is the design competition paper submission site:

Important Dates

  • 19 December 2015 Pre-registration opens
  • 26 September 2016 Final team registration for competition
  • 26 September 2016 Submission of paper (optional, max 4 pages)
  • 17 October 2016 Notification of acceptance of paper submission
  • 09 December 2016 Competition at FPT conference

At least one team member must be present with their FPGA to compete.

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