Chapter One

An Overview of Selected Heterogeneous and Reconfigurable Architectures

Saša Stojanović; Dragan Bojić; Miroslav Bojović    School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia


Node level heterogeneous architectures are gaining popularity because of their excellent performance exhibited in real world applications from various domains. The main advantages of these architectures are better price-performance and power–performance ratios compared to traditional symmetric CPU architectures. This article presents an overview of most interesting node level heterogeneous architectures, focusing on some common architectures, such as the NVIDIA and the ATI graphics processing units, the Cell Broadband Engine ...

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