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Rapid synthesis and simulation of computational circuits in an MPPA

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4 Author(s)
Grant, D. ; Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Smecher, G. ; Lemieux, G.G.F. ; Francis, R.

A computational circuit is custom-designed hardware which promises to offer maximum speedup of computationally intensive software algorithms. However, the practical needs to manage development cost and many low-level physical design details erodes much of the potential speedup by distracting attention away from high-level architectural design. Instead, designers need an inexpensive, processor-like platform where computational circuits can be rapidly synthesized and simulated. This enables rapid architectural evolution and mitigates the risk of producing custom hardware. In this paper we present a tool flow (RVETool) for compiling computational circuits into a massively parallel processor array (MPPA). We demonstrate the CAD runtime is on average 70x faster than FPGA tools, with a circuit speed 6.4x slower than FPGA devices. Unlike the fixed logic capacity of FPGAs, RVETool can trade area for simulation performance by targeting a wide range of processor cores.

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Field-Programmable Technology, 2009. FPT 2009. International Conference on

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9-11 Dec. 2009