Chapter 4. Reconfiguration Management

Katherine ComptonDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Wisconsin–Madison

The flexibility of reconfigurable devices allows them to be customized to a wide variety of applications. Even individual applications can benefit from reconfigurability by using the hardware to perform different tasks at different times. If not all of an application’s configurations fit on the hardware simultaneously, they can be swapped in and out as needed. In some cases, the circuitry implemented on reconfigurable hardware can also be optimized based on specific runtime conditions, further improving system efficiency. The process of reconfiguring the hardware at runtime, whether to accelerate different applications ...

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