Flexibility measurement of domain-specific reconfigurable hardware

Katherine Compton*, Scott Hauck

*Corresponding author for this work

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Traditional metrics used to compare hardware designs include area, performance, and power. However, these metrics do not form a complete evaluation of reconfigurable hardware. For these designs, flexibility is also a key issue, since it is the flexibility of reconfigurable hardware that allows it to implement a variety of circuits. Despite its importance, there is not yet an established method to measure flexibility. This paper explores the flexibility testing issue for domain-specific reconfigurable architectures. We discuss the concept of flexibility as it pertains to domain-specific architectures, and propose a flexibility testing technique involving synthetic circuit generation. This technique is then used to compare three different domain-specific architecture generation algorithms, demonstrating that the testing can in fact differentiate between architectures of differing levels of flexibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventACM/SIGDA Twelfth ACM International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays - FPGA 2004 - Monterey, CA., United States
Duration: Feb 22 2004Feb 24 2004


ConferenceACM/SIGDA Twelfth ACM International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays - FPGA 2004
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA.


  • Flexibility
  • Programmable Hardware
  • Reconfigurable Hardware

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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