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Bridging the computation gap between programmable processors and hardwired accelerators

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Bridging the computation gap between programmable processors and hardwired accelerators
New media and signal processing applications demand ever higher performance while operating within the tight power constraints of mobile devices. A range of hardware implementations is available to deliver computation with varying degrees of area and power efficiency, from general-purpose processors to application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The tradeoff of moving towards more efficient customized solutions such as ASICs is the lack of flexibility in terms of hardware reusability and programmability. In this paper, we propose a customized semi-programmable loop accelerator architecture that exploits the efficiency gains available through high levels of customization, while maintaining sufficient flexibility to execute multiple similar loops. A customized instance of the loop accelerator architecture is generated for a particular loop and then the data and control paths are proactively generalized in an efficient manner to increase flexibility. A compiler mapping phase is the...
Kevin Fan, Manjunath Kudlur, Ganesh S. Dasika, Sco
Added 25 Nov 2009
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where HPCA
Authors Kevin Fan, Manjunath Kudlur, Ganesh S. Dasika, Scott A. Mahlke
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