A Seamless Virtualization Approach for Transparent Dynamical Function Mapping Targeting Heterogeneous and Reconfigurable Systems
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- Buchty R., Kramer D., Nowak F., Karl W. (2009) A Seamless Virtualization Approach for Transparent Dynamical Function Mapping Targeting Heterogeneous and Reconfigurable Systems. In: Becker J., Woods R., Athanas P., Morgan F. (eds) Reconfigurable Computing: Architectures, Tools and Applications. ARC 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5453. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Future systems are not only heading towards increased parallelism, but also embrace heterogeneity and reconfigurability. We therefore present an approach targeting comfortable program development and execution, enabling full exploitation of the underlying hardware without burdening the application programmer with the details of the underlying hardware infrastructure. The approach employs lightweight resource virtualization by means of on-demand function resolution. By carefully extending the existing system infrastructure, the approach comes at virtually no cost and with highest compatibility to existing legacy code. The approach is suitable for a wide range of architectures from embedded systems to high-performance computing platforms.
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