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Automatic synthesis of TTA processor networks from RVC-CAL dataflow programs

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3 Author(s)
J. Boutellier ; Computer Science and Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, FI-90014 University of Oulu ; O. Silvén ; M. Raulet

The RVC-CAL dataflow language has recently become standardized through its use as the official language of Reconfigurable Video Coding (RVC), a recent standard by MPEG. The tools developed for RVC-CAL have enabled the transformation of RVC-CAL dataflow programs into C language and VHDL (among others), enabling implementations for instruction processors and HDL synthesis. This paper introduces new tools that enable automatic creation of heterogeneous multiprocessor networks out of RVC-CAL dataflow programs. Each processor in the network performs the functionality of one RVC-CAL actor. The processors are of the Transport Triggered Architecture (TTA) type, for which a complete co-design toolset exists. The existing tools enable customizing the processors according to the requirements of individual dataflow actors. The functionality of the tool chain has been demonstrated by synthesizing an MPEG-4 Simple Profile video decoder to an FPGA. This particular decoder is automatically realized into 21 tiny, heterogeneous processors.

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2011 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS)

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4-7 Oct. 2011