System-level performance evaluation of reconfigurable processors

R. Enzler, C. Plessl, M. Platzner
2005 Microprocessors and microsystems  
Reconfigurable architectures that tightly integrate a standard CPU core with a field-programmable hardware structure have recently been receiving increased attention. The design of such a hybrid reconfigurable processor involves a multitude of design decisions regarding the field-programmable structure as well as its system integration with the CPU core. Determining the impact of these design decisions on the overall system performance is a challenging task. In this paper, we first present a
more » ... mework for the cycle-accurate performance evaluation of hybrid reconfigurable processors on the system level. Then, we discuss a reconfigurable processor for data-streaming applications, which attaches a coarse-grained reconfigurable unit to the coprocessor interface of a standard embedded CPU core. By means of a case study we evaluate the system-level impact of certain design features for the reconfigurable unit, such as multiple contexts, register replication, and hardware context scheduling. The results illustrate that a system-level evaluation framework is of paramount importance for studying the architectural trade-offs and optimizing design parameters for reconfigurable processors. q
doi:10.1016/j.micpro.2004.06.004 fatcat:fhkq7bs6ybdttgse2ejyjjmlyy