Data-Transfer-Aware Design of an FPGA-Based Heterogeneous Multicore Platform with Custom Accelerators

Yasuhiro TAKEI  Hasitha Muthumala WAIDYASOORIYA  Masanori HARIYAMA  Michitaka KAMEYAMA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E98-A   No.12   pp.2658-2669
Publication Date: 2015/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E98.A.2658
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: VLSI Design Technology and CAD
Keyword: 
heterogeneous multicore,  FPGA,  custom accelerators,  reconfigurable architecture,  

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Summary: 
For an FPGA-based heterogeneous multicore platform, we present the design methodology to reduce the total processing time considering data-transfer. The reconfigurability of recent FPGAs with hard CPU cores allows us to realize a single-chip heterogeneous processor optimized for a given application. The major problem in designing such heterogeneous processors is data-transfer between CPU cores and accelerator cores. The total processing time with data-transfers is modeled considering the overlap of computation time and data-transfer time, and optimal design parameters are searched for.