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Designing Modular Hardware Accelerators in C With ROCCC 2.0

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Executive Summary

While FPGA-based hardware accelerators have repeatedly been demonstrated as a viable option, their programmability remains a major barrier to their wider acceptance by application code developers. These platforms are typically programmed in a low level hardware description language, a skill not common among application developers and a process that is often tedious and error-prone. Programming FPGAs from high level languages would provide easier integration with software systems as well as open up hardware accelerators to a wider spectrum of application developers. In this paper, the authors present a major revision to the Riverside Optimizing Compiler for Configurable Circuits (ROCCC) designed to create hardware accelerators from C programs.

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