HLS Support for Unconstrained Memory Accesses

 

In IEEE 14th International Workshop on Logic Synthesis (IWLS)

Girish Venkataramani, Tiberiu Chelcea, and Seth Copen Goldstein

Lake Arrowhead, CA

June, 2005

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@inproceedings{venkataramani-iwls05,
  title = {{HLS} Support for Unconstrained Memory Accesses},
  author = {Venkataramani, Girish and Chelcea, Tiberiu and Goldstein,
     Seth Copen},
  booktitle = {IEEE 14th International Workshop on Logic Synthesis
     (IWLS)},
  year = {2005},
  address = {Lake Arrowhead, CA},
  month = {June},
  abstract = {A major obstacle in high-level synthesis (HLS) of
     large-scale ASIC systems is memory access patterns. Typically,
     most state-of-the-art HLS tools impose constraints on the memory
     references in the source application, requiring them to exhibit
     predictable access patterns, and/or requiring dependencies
     between them to be statically determinable. This paper addresses
     the HLS problem when such constraints are relaxed. We present an
     analysis infrastructure that can be used within any HLS toolflow
     for synthesizing circuits from high-level abstractions, such as
     ANSI-C, where no assumptions can be made about memory access
     latencies, and where dependencies between memory references can
     only be disambiguated dynamically at runtime (pointer aliasing).
     We start by describing a generic framework to build a
     dependence-aware, fully distributed, although often conservative,
     memory-access network (MAN) for a given memory-dependence graph.
     Then, we propose a suite of optimizations to customize the MAN
     for the given specification. All these techniques guarantee
     memory coherency. Experimental results on Mediabench benchmarks,
     show that such an approach succeeds in maintaining high levels of
     parallelism, while ensuring memory coherency. The optimizations
     succeed in lowering the synchronization overhead by as much as
     4x.},
  keywords = {Asychronous Circuits, Spatial Computing,Phoenix},
  url = {http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~seth/papers/venkataramani-iwls05.pdf}
}

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