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Field-programmable logic: Catalyst for new computing paradigms

  • Gordon Brebner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1482)

Abstract

This paper discusses the changes in computational view-point that have been, or are being, facilitated by the advent of Field-Programmable Logic. To quote the FPL'98 workshop aim, the paper is concerned with exploring the evolution ‘from tinkertoy to parallel computing paradigm’. The central point is to discourage thinking in terms of just ‘hardware’ and ‘software’, with FPL being considered within the former category. This may have been appropriate for initial FPL applications, but is inappropriate when seeking to exploit its full potential. A summary of the revised viewpoint is that both control flow and data flow methods should be equally accessible to the algorithm designer, and also that flexibility in architectures should be made available as an aid to designing algorithms.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Brebner
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghScotland

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