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High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing

High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing
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Author(s): Mário Pereira Vestias (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 12
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch348


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High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing systems integrate reconfigurable technology in the computing architecture to improve performance. Besides performance, reconfigurable hardware devices also achieve lower power consumption compared to General-Purpose Processors. Better performance and lower power consumption could be achieved using Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) technology. However, ASICs are not reconfigurable, turning them application specific. Reconfigurable logic becomes a major advantage when hardware flexibility permits to speed up whatever the application with the same hardware module. The first and most common devices utilized for reconfigurable computing are fine-grained FPGAs with a large hardware flexibility. To reduce the performance and area overhead associated with the reconfigurability, coarse-grained reconfigurable solutions has been proposed as a way to achieve better performance and lower power consumption. In this chapter we will provide a description of reconfigurable hardware for high performance computing.

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