Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Reconfigurable computing has the potential for providing significant performance increases to a number of computing applications. However, realizing these benefits requires digital design experience and knowledge of hardware description languages (HDLs). While a number of tools have focused on translation of high-level languages (HLLs) to HDLs, the tools do not always create optimized digital designs that are competitive with hand-coded solutions. This work describes an automatic optimization in the C-to-HDL transformation that reorganizes operations between pipeline stages in order to reduce critical path lengths. The effects of this optimization are examined on the MD5, SHA-1, and Smith-Waterman algorithms. Results show that the optimization results in performance gains of 13%-37% and that the automatically-generated implementations perform comparably to hand-coded implementations.
Wesley James, "A framework for automatically generating optimized digital designs from C-language loops" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 130.