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Methodology to derive context adaptable architectures for FPGAs

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The configurable nature of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) has allowed designers to take advantage of various data flow characteristics in application kernels to create custom architecture implementations, by optimising instruction level paralleism (ILP) and pipelining at the register transfer level. However, not all applications are composed of pure data flow kernels. Intermingling of control and data flows in applications offers more interesting challenges in creating custom architectures. The authors present one possible way to take advantage of correlations that may be present among data flow graphs (DFGs) embedded in control flow graphs. In certain cases, where there is sufficient correlation and ILP, the proposed context adaptable architecture (CAA) design methodology results in an interesting and useful custom architecture for such embedded DFGs. Certain other application characteristics may demand the use of alternative methodologies such as partial and dynamic reconfiguration (PDR) and a mixture of PDR and common sub-graph methods (PDR-CSG). The authors present a rigorous analysis, combined with some benchmarking efforts to showcase the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the CAA methodology with other methodologies. The authors also present an analysis of how the core underlying algorithm in our methodology compares with other published algorithms and the differences in resulting designs on an FPGA for a sample set of test cases.

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IET Computers & Digital Techniques  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )