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Czajkowski, T.S. ; Toronto Technol. Centre, Altera Corp., Toronto, ON, Canada ; Aydonat, U. ; Denisenko, D. ; Freeman, J.
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We present an OpenCL compilation framework to generate high-performance hardware for FPGAs. For an OpenCL application comprising a host program and a set of kernels, it compiles the host program, generates Verilog HDL for each kernel, compiles the circuit using Altera Complete Design Suite 12.0, and downloads the compiled design onto an FPGA.We can then run the application by executing the host program on a Windows(tm)-based machine, which communicates with kernels on an FPGA using a PCIe interface. We implement four applications on an Altera Stratix IV and present the throughput and area results for each application. We show that we can achieve a clock frequency in excess of 160MHz on our benchmarks, and that OpenCL computing paradigm is a viable design entry method for high-performance computing applications on FPGAs.

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Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), 2012 22nd International Conference on

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29-31 Aug. 2012

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