Title page for ETD etd-121699-202818
|Type of Document
||Atwell, James W.
|Author's Email Address
||A Multiplexed Memory Port for Run Time Reconfigurable Applications
||Master of Science
||Electrical and Computer Engineering
|Athanas, Peter M.
|Armstrong, James R.
|Jones, Mark T.
|Date of Defense
Configurable computing machines (CCMs) are available as plug in cards for
standard workstations. CCMs make it possible to achieve computing feats on
workstations that were previously only possible with super computers. However, it is
difficult to create applications for CCMs. The development environment is fragmented
and complex. Compilers for CCMS are emerging but they are in their infancy and are
The difficulties of implementing run time reconfiguration (RTR) on CCMs are
addressed in this thesis. Tools and techniques are introduced to simplify the development
and synthesis of applications and partitions for RTR applications. A multiplexed memory
port (MMP) is presented in JHDL and VHDL that simplifies the memory interface, eases
the task of writing applications and creating partitions, and makes applications platform
independent. The MMP is incorporated into an existing CCM compiler. It is shown that
the MMP can increase the compiler's functionality and efficiency.
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