Architecture of a multi-context FPGA using reconfigurable context memory

Weisheng Chong, Sho Ogata, Masanori Hariyama, Michitaka Kameyama

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Abstract

Dynamically-programmable gate arrays (DPGAs) promise lower-cost implementations than conventional FPGAs since they efficiently reuse limited hardware resources in time. One of typical DPGA architectures is a multi-context one. Multi-context FPGAs (MC-FPGAs) have multiple memory bits per configuration bit forming configuration planes for fast switching between contexts. The additional memory planes cause significant overhead in area and power consumption. To overcome the overhead, a fine-grained reconfigurable architecture called reconfigurable context memory (RCM) is presented based on the fact that there are redundancy and regularity in configuration bits between different contexts. Switch blocks are efficiently implemented by using RCM as context decoders and routing switches. By using the RCM in logic blocks, an adaptive multi-context logic block table is introduced where the size of look-up tables and the number of different configuration planes of look-up tables are adaptively determined at each logic block. Moreover, non-volatile ferroelectric-based functional pass-gates are used as components of the RCM to achieve compactness and low static power. Under a constraint of the same number of contexts, an area of the proposed MC-FPGA is 45% of that of the conventional MC-FPGA. In the functional-pass-gate-based evaluation, the area of the proposed MC-FPGA is reduced to 37% of the conventional MC-FPGA one.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 19th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2005
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages7-13
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0769523129, 0769523129, 9780769523125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event19th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2005 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 2005 Apr 42005 Apr 8

Publication series

NameProceedings - 19th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2005
Volume2005

Other

Other19th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2005
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period05/4/405/4/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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