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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2012, Article ID 832531, 17 pages
Research Article

HoneyComb: An Application-Driven Online Adaptive Reconfigurable Hardware Architecture

Institut für Technik der Informationsverarbeitung, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Engesserstraȣe 5, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Received 21 February 2012; Accepted 24 May 2012

Academic Editor: Elmar Melcher

Copyright © 2012 Alexander Thomas et al. 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.


Since the introduction of the first reconfigurable devices in 1985 the field of reconfigurable computing developed a broad variety of architectures from fine-grained to coarse-grained types. However, the main disadvantages of the reconfigurable approaches, the costs in area, and power consumption, are still present. This contribution presents a solution for application-driven adaptation of our reconfigurable architecture at register transfer level (RTL) to reduce the resource requirements and power consumption while keeping the flexibility and performance for a predefined set of applications. Furthermore, implemented runtime adaptive features like online routing and configuration sequencing will be presented and discussed. A presentation of the prototype chip of this architecture designed in 90 nm standard cell technology manufactured by TSMC will conclude this contribution.