• The architecture used in the computation is determined postfabrication and can therefore adapt to the characteristics of the executed algorithms.
• The computation is spatial, in contrast to the more temporal style associated with microprocessors.
… to permit computations which are beyond the capabilities of present systems by providing an inventory of high speed substructures and rules for interconnecting them such that the entire system may be temporarily distorted into a problem oriented special purpose computer. 3
• designing a processing module as the building block for a family of high-end reconfigurable computers;
• developing several programming models; and
• demonstrating the machine's efficiency in applications such as high-performance digital signal processing, communication systems, and traditional scientific computing.
Patrick Lysaght is a senior director at Xilinx Research Laboratories. His research interests include reconfigurable computing, embedded systems, system-level modeling, and emerging design technologies for FPGAs. Lysaght has a BSc in electronic systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and an MSc in digital techniques from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has coauthored more than 40 technical papers and coedited two books on programmable logic, and is chair of the steering committee for the International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Its Applications (FPL 2005). He is a member of the IEEE.
P.A. Subrahmanyam is chairman of CyberKnowledge and a consulting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests include configurable computing systems and applications; wireless/sensor networks and security; embedded systems; and design technology. Subrahmanyam has an MSc and an MTech in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a PhD in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of more than 150 technical papers, has coedited five books, has nine awarded or pending international patents, and was the founding editor in chief of Formal Methods in System Design. He is a member of the IFIP Working Group 10.2/10.5; a cochair of the Commercial Handset/Modeling/Communication Architecture working group of the Software Defined Radio Forum; a founding member of the IEEE Communications Design and Development Committee; and a Fellow of the IEEE.