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Peer-to-peer Hardware-software Interfaces for Reconfigurable Fabrics

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posted on 01.01.1989, 00:00 by Mihai Budiu, Mahim Mishra, Ashwin R. Bharambe, Seth C. Goldstein
In this paper we describe a peer-to-peer interface between processor cores and reconfigurable fabrics. The main advantage of the peer-to-peer model is that it greatly expands the scope of application for reconfigurable computing and hence its potential benefits. The primary extension in our model is that "code" on the reconfigurable hardware unit is allowed to invoke routines both on the reconfigurable unit itself and on the fixed logic processor We describe the software constructs and compilation mechanisms needed for such an architecture, including a detailed description of the interface between the two parts of the application.


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