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Automatic High-Level Hardware Checkpoint Selection for Reconfigurable Systems

Auteur(s) : A. Bourge, O. Muller, F. Rousseau

Doc. Source: Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM'15)

Modern FPGAs provide great computational power and flexibility but there is still room for improving their performances. For example multi-user approaches are particularly underdeveloped as they require specific mechanisms still to be automated. Sharing an FPGA resource between applications or users requires a context switch ability. The latter enables pausing and resuming applications at system demand. This paper presents a method that automatically selects a good execution point, called hardware checkpoint, to perform a context switch on an FPGA. The method relies on a static analysis of the finite state machine of a circuit to select the checkpoint states. The obtained selection ensures that the context switch mechanism respects a given latency and tries to minimize the mechanism costs. The method takes advantage of its integration in an open-source HLS tool and preliminary results highlight its efficiency.