Abstract

Configurable computing machines (CCMs) offer high-performance application acceleration with custom hardware. They are also dynamically reconfigurable and give significant internal visibility. Such features are useful throughout the design, debug, and deploy stages of CCM-based application development. However traditional, monolithic design tools do not offer adequate support for all of these development stages. This thesis describes a specification for a reconfigurable computing application framework (RCAF) which is more suitable for CCM application development. It also describes an implementation of such an RCAF. This RCAF improves the efficiency of application design and debugging. It also establishes an application architecture framework which helps to build up not only the hardware design, but also the application software and user interface. Applications built using this small, deployable RCAF may also perform significantly better due to the dynamic hardware reconfiguration features included with the RCAF.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rights

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Date Submitted

2003-03-07

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd186

Keywords

CCM, FPGA, RCAF, deploy, framework, reconfigurable, configurable, computing, machine, computing, application, design, debug, circuit, visualization, JHDL

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