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TARCAD: A Template Structure for Reconﬁgurable Accelerator Styles Muhammad Shaﬁq, Miquel Peric` s
Computer system Sciences
Dept. Arquitectura sobre Computadors
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
Universitat Polit` cnica sobre Catalunya Barcelona Supercomputing Center e
muhammad.shaﬁq, miquel.pericas @bsc. fue
[email protected] upc. edu
eduard. [email protected] fue
Abstract—In the race towards computational efﬁciency,
accelerators are achieving prominence. Among the different
types, accelerators built employing reconﬁgurable fabric, such as FPGAs, have an enormous potential as a result of ability to
personalize the equipment to the application. However , the possible lack of a standard design and style methodology prevents the usage of
such devices besides making difﬁcult the portability and reusability across designs. In addition , generation of highly customized circuits would not integrate properly with high level synthesis equipment. In this job, we present TARCAD, a template structure
to design reconﬁgurable accelerators. TARCAD enables substantial
customization inside the data administration and figure out engines
although retaining a programming style based on general programming concepts. The template features generality and scalable performance over a variety of FPGAs. We describe the
template buildings in detail and show how to apply ﬁve essential scientiﬁc kernels: MxM, Audio Wave Equation,
FFT, SpMV and Smith Waterman. TARCAD is in contrast
with other Higher level Synthesis designs and is evaluated
against GPUs, an structures that is much less customizable
and, therefore , also easier to concentrate on from an easy and lightweight programming style. We evaluate the TARCAD template and
compare it is efﬁciency on a large Xilinx Virtex-6 system to that of several recent GPU research.
I. I actually NTRODUCTION
The mixing levels of current FPGA devices advanced
until all features of a complex application
kernel can be mapped in a single nick. However , these types of high
denseness FPGAs look just like a sea of reasoning slices and
embedded functionality cores such as general purpose cpus, multipliers/adders, multi-ported SRAMs and DSP pieces etc . Presently, it all depends on the FPGA software designer and just how well he maps a credit card applicatoin to the unit.
This practice is troublesome for several reasons. First, it is just a low-level approach that requires quite a lot of effort
to get mapping the full application. Second, reusability
of modules around projects is usually signiﬁcantly lowered. And,
finally, it is difﬁcult to scientiﬁcally compare hardware implementations that adhere to different high-level agencies and cadre. This emphasizes the need to
subjective out these specific hardware structures in a standard architectural design framework.
Most of the studies which have ported applications to
multiple accelerator architectures (like, for example , Cope
et al , Garland et 's.  or Shaﬁq ou al. ) identify that two factors will be the most critical kinds to achieve high end for a software. The ﬁrst factor is a intrinsic
parallelism available in the algorithm being mapped for the
accelerator. The 2nd factor is definitely how efﬁciently the designer arranges the data to be fed to the computational methods.
FPGA's potentially have to exploit quite a few factors in the best maximized way. Nevertheless , future FPGAs will not
turn into mainstream accelerators if they are unable to solve
the long-standing concern of employing applications in
a well deﬁned, simple and efﬁcient way.
Various application kernels from the HPC domain
have already been ported to reconﬁgurable devices. However , the majority of
designs are specialized to a single environment due to the
lack of a standard design and style methodology. This work is a
step on the harmonization of data-ﬂow architectures
for different FPGA-based applications written in HDLs (e. g.
Verilog, VHDL) and...