COSMOS

Luca Piccolboni, Paolo Mantovani, Giuseppe Di Guglielmo, Luca P. Carloni
2017 ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems  
Hardware accelerators are key to the efficiency and performance of system-on-chip (SoC) architectures. With high-level synthesis (HLS), designers can easily obtain several performance-cost trade-off implementations for each component of a complex hardware accelerator. However, navigating this design space in search of the Pareto-optimal implementations at the system level is a hard optimization task. We present COSMOS, an automatic methodology for the design-space exploration (DSE) of complex
more » ... (DSE) of complex accelerators, that coordinates both HLS and memory optimization tools in a compositional way. First, thanks to the co-design of datapath and memory, COSMOS produces a large set of Pareto-optimal implementations for each component of the accelerator. Then, COSMOS leverages compositional design techniques to quickly converge to the desired trade-off point between cost and performance at the system level. When applied to the system-level design (SLD) of an accelerator for wide-area motion imagery (WAMI), COSMOS explores the design space as completely as an exhaustive search, but it reduces the number of invocations to the HLS tool by up to 14.6x.
doi:10.1145/3126566 fatcat:vjq6gtvlyjg7tcayyxzlodhq64