19 September 1995 Hardware object programming on the EVC1: a reconfigurable computer
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We define reconfigurable computing systems as those machines that use the reconfigurable aspects of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to implement an algorithm. Researchers throughout the world have shown that computationally intensive software algorithms can be transposed directly into hardware design for extreme performance gain. Hardware objects are algorithms implemented as dynamically downloadable hardware designs. Hardware objects execute on reconfigurable computing systems based on SRAM-style FPGAs. A hardware object can be created via schematic and VHSIC hardware description language or Verilog hardware description language. To use a hardware design in a software program, it must be converted into a hardware object. The hardware object can be used over and over or in combination with other hardware objects. This hardware object technology method of programing reconfigurable computers is the subject of this paper.
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Steve Casselman, Michael Thornburg, and John Schewel "Hardware object programming on the EVC1: a reconfigurable computer", Proc. SPIE 2607, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for Fast Board Development and Reconfigurable Computing, (19 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221336; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.221336

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