Early results from ERA — Embedded Reconfigurable Architectures

Stephan Wong, Anthony Brandon, Fakhar Anjam, Roel Seedorf, Roberto Giorgi, Zhibin Yu, Nikola Puzovic, Sally A. Mckee, Magnus Sjalander, Luigi Carro, Georgios Keramidas
<span title="">2011</span> <i title="IEEE"> 2011 9th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics </i> &nbsp;
The growing complexity and diversity of embedded systems -combined with continuing demands for higher performance and lower power consumption -place increasing pressure on embedded platforms designers. To address these problems, the Embedded Reconfigurable Architectures project (ERA), investigates innovations in both hardware and tools to create next-generation embedded systems. Leveraging adaptive hardware enables maximum performance for given power budgets. We design our platform via a
more &raquo; ... red approach that allows integration of reconfigurable computing elements, network fabrics, and memory hierarchy components. Commercially available, off-the-shelf processors are combined with other proprietary and application-specific, dedicated cores. These computing and network elements can adapt their composition, organization, and even instruction-set architectures in an effort to provide the best possible trade-offs in performance and power for the given application(s). Likewise, network elements and topologies and memory hierarchy organization can be selected both statically at design time and dynamically at run-time. Hardware details are exposed to the operating system, run-time system, compiler, and applications. This combination supports fast platform prototyping of high-efficient embedded system designs. Our design philosophy supports the freedom to flexibly tune all these hardware elements, enabling a better choice of power/performance trade-offs than that afforded by the current state of the art.
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