FPGA Overlays: Hardware based Computing for the Masses

CHENG, FEI PHUNG and DOUGLAS, L MASKELL and XIANGWEI, LI (2018) FPGA Overlays: Hardware based Computing for the Masses. In: Eighth International Conference On Advances in Computing, Electronics and Electrical Technology - CEET 2018, 03-04 February, 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The hardware acceleration of compute intensive applications has definite advantages, particularly in terms of energy and application latency. Heterogeneous programmable system-on-chip (SoCs) FPGA devices, which combine general purpose processors with reconfigurable fabrics, provide a compelling platform for IoT applications. However, FPGA devices are constrained due to significant design productivity issues and a lack of suitable hardware abstraction. For FPGAs to compete as general purpose computing platforms they must be better virtualized, as eliminating the need to work with platform-specific details would make them more accessible to application developers who are accustomed to software API abstractions and fast development cycles. In this paper, we discuss the role of overlay architectures for enabling general purpose FPGA application acceleration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: FPGA, Overlay architecture
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2019 09:19
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 09:19
URI: http://publications.theired.org/id/eprint/232

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