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Connect On the Fly: Enhancing and Prototyping of Cycle-Reconfigurable Modules
Hao ZHOU , Xinyu NIU , Junqi YUAN , Lingli WANG , Wayne LUK
26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL 2016)

This paper introduces cycle-reconfigurable modules that enhance FPGA architectures with efficient support for dynamic data accesses: data accesses with accessed data size and location known only at runtime. The proposed module adopts new reconfiguration strategies based on dynamic FIFOs, dynamic caches, and dynamic shared memories to significantly reduce configuration generation and routing complexity. We develop a prototype FPGA chip with the proposed cycle-reconfigurable module in the SMIC 130-nm technology. The integrated module takes less than the chip area of 39 CLBs, and reconfigures thousands of runtime connections in 1.2 ns. Applications for large-scale sorting, sparse matrix-vector multiplication, and Mem-cached are developed. The proposed modules enable 1.4 and 11 times reductions in area-delay product compared with those applications mapped to previous architectures and conventional FPGAs.

@inproceedings{ZNYWL2016,
  author = {Hao Zhou and Xinyu Niu and Junqi Yuan and Lingli Wang and Wayne Luk},
  title = {{Connect On the Fly: Enhancing and Prototyping of Cycle-Reconfigurable Modules}},
  booktitle = {26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications},
  pages = {1--8},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  year = 2016
}
@inproceedings{ZNYWL2016,
  author = {Hao Zhou and Xinyu Niu and Junqi Yuan and Lingli Wang and Wayne Luk},
  title = {{Connect On the Fly: Enhancing and Prototyping of Cycle-Reconfigurable Modules}},
  booktitle = {26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications},
  pages = {1--8},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  doi = "10.1109/FPL.2016.7577332",
  year = 2016
}