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Reconfigurable Computing: What, Why, and Design Automation Requirements?

Article by André DeHon and John Wawrzynek published in Proceedings of the 1999 Design Automation Conference (DAC '99, June 21-25, 1999), 6 pages.

Abstract: Reconfigurable Computing is emerging as an important new organizational structure for implementing computations. It combines the post-fabrication programmability of processors with the spatial computational style most commonly employed in hardware designs. The result changes traditional ``hardware'' and ``software'' boundaries, providing an opportunity for greater computational capacity and density within a programmable media. Reconfigurable Computing must leverage traditional CAD technology for building spatial designs. Beyond that, however, reprogrammablility introduces new challenges and opportunities for automation, including binding-time and specialization optimizations, regularity extraction and exploitation, and temporal partitioning and scheduling.

Copyright 1999 ACM, Inc.


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