A polymorphic hardware platform

Beckett, P 2003, 'A polymorphic hardware platform', in M. Williams (ed.) Proceedings of International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, France, 22-26 April 2003, pp. 1-8.


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Title A polymorphic hardware platform
Author(s) Beckett, P
Year 2003
Conference name International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium
Conference location France
Conference dates 22-26 April 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium
Editor(s) M. Williams
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Los Alamitos, California
Start page 1
End page 8
Abstract In the domain of spatial computing, it appears that platforms based on either reconfigurable datapath units or on hybrid microprocessor/logic cell organizations are in the ascendancy as they appear to offer the most efficient means of providing resources across the greatest range of hardware designs. This paper encompasses an initial exploration of an alternative organization. It looks at the effect of using a very fine-grained approach based on a largely undifferentiated logic cell that can be configured to operate as a state element, logic or interconnect - or combinations of all three. A vertical layout style hides the overheads imposed by reconfigurability to an extent where very fine-grained organizations become a viable option. It is demonstrated that the technique can be used to develop building blocks for both synchronous and asynchronous circuits, supporting the development of hybrid architectures such as globally asynchronous, locally synchronous.
Subjects Circuits and Systems
Keyword(s) asynchronous circuits
parallel architectures
reconfigurable architectures
fine-grained approach
globally asynchronous architectures
hybrid architectures
interconnect
locally synchronous architectures
polymorphic hardware platform
reconfigurability
spatial computing
state element
synchronous circuits
undifferentiated logic cell
vertical layout style
DOI - identifier 10.1109/IPDPS.2003.1213322
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