Introduction to Reconfigurable Supercomputing

Introduction to Reconfigurable Supercomputing

Marco Lanzagorta, Stephen Bique, Robert Rosenberg
ISBN: 9781608453368 | PDF ISBN: 9781608453375
Copyright © 2009 | 103 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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This book covers technologies, applications, tools, languages, procedures, advantages, and disadvantages of reconfigurable supercomputing using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The target audience is the community of users of High Performance Computers (HPC) who may benefit from porting their applications into a reconfigurable environment. As such, this book is intended to guide the HPC user through the many algorithmic considerations, hardware alternatives, usability issues, programming languages, and design tools that need to be understood before embarking on the creation of reconfigurable parallel codes. We hope to show that FPGA acceleration, based on the exploitation of the data parallelism, pipelining and concurrency remains promising in view of the diminishing improvements in traditional processor and system design.

Table of Contents

FPGA Technology
Reconfigurable Supercomputing
Algorithmic Considerations
FPGA Programming Languages
Case Study: Sorting
Alternative Technologies and Concluding Remarks

About the Author(s)

Marco Lanzagorta, ITT Corporation
Dr. Stephen Bique is a computer scientist in the Center for Computational Science at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Joensuu in Finland. Previously, Dr. Bique was Associate Professor at Virginia State University, Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and he held a comparable position at the University of Kuopio in Finland. He has also worked as software developer and consultant for PACT Corporation in Munich, Germany on the "XP128" reconfigurable system-on-a-chip.

Stephen Bique, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Marco Lanzagorta is Technical Fellow and Director of the Quantum Technologies Group of ITT Corporation. In addition, Dr. Lanzagorta is an Affiliate Associate Professor at George Mason University and co-editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing published by Morgan & Claypool. Dr. Lanzagorta received a PhD in theoretical physics from Oxford University and in the past he worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, and the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy.

Robert Rosenberg, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Robert Rosenberg is an Information Technology Specialist in the Center for Computational Science at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He received a PhD in theoretical physical chemistry from Columbia University. In the past he served on both the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program Requirements and Benchmarking teams. His past work at NRL includes both scientific programming and scientific visualization.

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