Chapter 2. Reconfigurable Computing Architectures
Lesley ShannonSchool of Engineering ScienceSimon Fraser University
There has been considerable research into possible reconfigurable computing architectures. Alternatives range from systems constructed using standard off-the-shelf field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to systems constructed using custom-designed chips. Standard FPGAs benefit from the economies of scale; however, custom chips promise a higher speed and density for custom-computing tasks. This chapter explores different design choices made for reconfigurable computing architectures and how these choices affect both operation and performance. Questions we will discuss include:
Should the reconfigurable fabric be instantiated as a separate ...