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Architecture exploration for a reconfigurable architecture template

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5 Author(s)
B. Mei ; Inter-Univ. Microelectron. Center, Belgium ; A. Lambrechts ; J. -Y. Mignolet ; D. Verkest
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Coarse-grained architectures (CGRAs) can be tailored and optimized for different application domains. The vast design space of coarse-grained reconfigurable architectures complicates the design of optimized processors. The goal is to design a domain-specific processor that provides just enough-flexibility for that domain while minimizing the energy consumption for a given level of performance. However, a flexible architecture template and a retargetable simulator and compiler enable systematic architecture exploration that can lead to more efficient domain-specific architecture design. This article presents such an environment and an architecture exploration for a novel CGRA template.

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IEEE Design & Test of Computers  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 2 )