Programming the Convey HC-1 With ROCCC 2.0

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Provided by: University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Utilizing FPGAs as hardware accelerators has been hampered by both the availability of affordable platforms and the lack of programming tools that bridge the gap between high-level procedural programming languages and the spatial computing paradigm that is implied on an FPGA. This paper reports on the experiences of programming the Convey Computers HC-1 system, a high-performance hybrid-core system consisting of eight 64-bit Intel Xeon processors coupled with four Xilinx Virtex 5 LX 330 FPGAs, using the ROCCC 2.0 toolset, an open source C to VHDL compilation framework specifically designed for the generation of FPGA-based code accelerators, which address both of these issues.
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