Hardware and software infrastructure to implement many-core systems in modern FPGAs

Felipe T. Bortolon, Fernando G. Moraes
2017 Proceedings of the 30th Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems Design Chip on the Sands - SBCCI '17  
Many-core systems are increasingly popular in embedded systems due to their high-performance and flexibility to execute different workloads. These many-core systems provide a rich processing fabric but lack the flexibility to accelerate critical operations with dedicated hardware cores. Modern Field Programmable Gate-Arrays (FPGAs) evolved to more than reconfigurable devices, providing embedded hard-core processors with several IP cores. While FP-GAs provide a rich reconfigurable hardware
more » ... , only one or two embedded hard-core processors are available to execute complex software applications. Therefore, modern FPGAs offer the possibility to merge the benefits of many-core systems with the reconfigurability of FPGAs. The goal of this paper is to present an infrastructure to implement many-core systems in modern FPGAs. An embedded hard-core processor is used to manage the manycore area, and to communicate with a host computer. A functional proof-of-concept system is presented, paving the way to connect dedicated hardware IPs into the NoC. CCS CONCEPTS •Hardware →Programmable logic elements;
doi:10.1145/3109984.3109997 dblp:conf/sbcci/BortolonM17 fatcat:ge6plyg4xrfnjpmluo4frpobti