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South African Computer Journal

On-line version ISSN 2313-7835
Print version ISSN 1015-7999


LE ROUX, Rikus; VAN SCHOOR, George  and  VAN VUUREN, Pieter. Improving functional density of time-critical applications using hardware-based dynamic reconfiguration and bitstream specialisation. SACJ [online]. 2019, vol.31, n.2, pp.162-177. ISSN 2313-7835.

The dynamic reconfiguration of an FPGA has many advantages, but the overhead from the process reduces the functional density of applications. Functional density is an indication of the composite benefits a reconfigured application obtains above its generic counterpart and measures the computational throughput per unit hardware resources. Typically, only quasi-static applications obtain a functional density advantage by dynamically reconfiguring its parameters. Contributing to the functional density reduction of applications with tight time constraints is the overhead to generate a new configuration, and the time it takes to load it onto the device. Normally these applications have to reuse their hardware numerous times between configurations before obtaining a functional density advantage. The most promising reconfiguration method to improve functional density with minimal hardware reuse was one that extracts certain characteristics from the bitstream and then implements a bitstream specialiser that generates new hardware at bit-level while the device is being reconfigured. While it was shown that this method allows reconfiguration of an application in real-time, its effect on functional density was not determined. This paper will show that a significant increase in functional density can be achieved for applications where reconfiguration is required before the next execution cycle of the application.CATEGORIES: · Hardware ~ Reconfigurable logic and FPGAs · Computer systems organization ~ Other architectures

Keywords : Reconfiguration; functional density; direct bitstream manipulation; bitstream specialisation.

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