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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 953693, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/953693
Research Article

Low-Complexity Online Synthesis for AMIDAR Processors

Chair for Embedded Systems, University of Technology, Nöthnitzer Straße 46, 01187 Dresden, Germany

Received 4 March 2010; Revised 27 September 2010; Accepted 17 December 2010

Academic Editor: Lionel Torres

Copyright © 2010 Stefan Döbrich and Christian Hochberger. 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.

Abstract

Future chip technologies will change the way we deal with hardware design. First of all, logic resources will be available in vast amount. Furthermore, engineering specialized designs for particular applications will no longer be the general approach as the nonrecurring expenses will grow tremendously. Reconfigurable logic has often been promoted as a solution to these problems. Today, it can be found in two varieties: field programmable gate arrays or coarse-grained reconfigurable arrays. Using this type of technology typically requires a lot of expert knowledge, which is not sufficiently available. Thus, we believe that online synthesis that takes place during the execution of an application is one way to broaden the applicability of reconfigurable architectures. In this paper, we show that even a relative simplistic synthesis approach with low computational complexity can have a strong impact on the performance of compute intensive applications.