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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 923415, 11 pages
Research Article

Experiencing a Problem-Based Learning Approach for Teaching Reconfigurable Architecture Design

1Université Européenne de Bretagne, France
2Université de Brest and CNRS, UMR 3192 Lab-STICC, ISSTB, 6 Avenue Victor Le Gorgeu, 29200 Brest, France

Received 31 December 2008; Revised 14 June 2009; Accepted 28 August 2009

Academic Editor: Peter Zipf

Copyright © 2009 Erwan Fabiani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents the “reconfigurable computing” teaching part of a computer science master course (first year) on parallel architectures. The practical work sessions of this course rely on active pedagogy using problem-based learning, focused on designing a reconfigurable architecture for the implementation of an application class of image processing algorithms. We show how the successive steps of this project permit the student to experiment with several fundamental concepts of reconfigurable computing at different levels. Specific experiments include exploitation of architectural parallelism, dataflow and communicating component-based design, and configurability-specificity tradeoffs.