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Dreams: A tool for the design of dynamically reconfigurable embedded and modular systems

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3 Author(s)
Andrés Otero ; Centro de Electrónica Industrial, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain ; Eduardo de la Torre ; Teresa Riesgo

Dynamically Reconfigurable Systems are attracting a growing interest, mainly due to the emergence of novel applications based on this technology. However, commercial tools do not provide enough flexibility to design solutions, while keeping an acceptable design productivity. In this paper, a novel design flow is proposed, targeting dynamically reconfigurable systems. It is fully supported by a tool called Dreams, which is able to implement flexible systems, starting from a set of netlists corresponding to the modules, as well as a system description provided by the user. The tool automatically post-processes the nets, implementing a solution for the communications between reconfigurable regions, as well as the handling of routing conflicts, by means of a custom router. Since the design process of every module and the static system are independent, the proposed flow is compatible with system upgrade at run-time. In this paper, a use case corresponding to the design of a highly regular and parallel mesh-type architecture is described, in order to show the architectural flexibility offered by the tool.

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2012 International Conference on Reconfigurable Computing and FPGAs

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5-7 Dec. 2012