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File system access from reconfigurable FPGA hardware processes in BORPH

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2 Author(s)
Kwok-Hay So, H. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ; Brodersen, R.

This paper presents the design and implementation of BORPHpsilas kernel file system layer that provides FPGA processes direct access to the general file system. Using a semantics resembling that of conventional UNIX file I/Os, an FPGA accesses the file system through a special hardware system call interface. By extending the semantics of a UNIX pipe, a single file system access mechanism is used for both regular file I/O, as well as for hardware/software and hardware/hardware data streaming. An FPGA design may switch between different communication modes dynamically during run time by means of file redirection. Design trade-offs among system manageability, user usability and application performance are explored. An example of constructing a video processing system during run time using commodity software and FPGA applications connected by pipes is used to demonstrate the feasibility and potential of such FPGA-centric file system access capability.

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Field Programmable Logic and Applications, 2008. FPL 2008. International Conference on

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8-10 Sept. 2008