A Reconfigurable Applcation Specific Instruction Set Processor for Viterbi and Log-MAP Decoding.
ABSTRACT Future mobile and wireless communications networks require flexible modem architectures with high performance. This paper presents a dynamically reconfigurable application specific instruction set processor (dr-ASIP) for the application domain of channel coding in wireless communications systems: FlexiTreP. It features Viterbi and Log-MAP decoding for support of binary convolutional codes and binary as well as duobinary turbo codes. The FlexiTreP can support more than 10 current wireless communication standards. Furthermore, its flexibility allows for adaptation to future systems. It consists of a specialized pipeline and a dedicated communication and memory infrastructure. Simulation and synthesis results obtained for Log-MAP and Viterbi applications demonstrate maximum throughput of 200 and 133 Mbps, respectively
Conference Paper: Area and throughput optimized ASIP for multi-standard turbo decoding.[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In order to address the large variety of channel coding options specified in existing and future digital communi- cation standards, there is an increasing need for flexible solutions. Recently proposed flexible solutions in this context generally presents a significant area overhead and/or throughput reduction compared to dedicated implementations. This is particularly true while adopting an instruction-set programmable processors, including the recent trend toward the use of Application Specific Instruction-set Processors (ASIP). In this paper we illustrate how the application of adequate algorithmic and architecture level optimization techniques on an ASIP for turbo decoding can make it even an attractive and efficient solution in terms of area and throughput. The proposed architecture integrates two ASIP com- ponents supporting binary/duo-binary turbo codes and combines several optimization techniques regarding pipeline structure, trellis compression (Radix4), and memory organization. The logic synthesis results yield an overall area of 1.5mm 2 using 90nm CMOS technology. Payload throughputs of up to 115.5Mbps in both double binary Turbo codes (DBTC) and single binary (SBTC) are achievable at 520MHz. The demonstrated results constitute a promising trade-off solution between throughput and occupied area comparing with existing implementations.Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Rapid System Prototyping, RSP 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany, 24-27 May, 2011; 01/2011
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ABSTRACT: A novel policy for allocating reconfigurable fabric resources in multi-core processors is presented. We deploy a Minority-Game to maximize the efficient use of the reconfigurable fabric while meeting performance constraints of individual tasks running on the cores. As we will show, the Minority Game ensures a fair allocation of resources, e.g., no single core will monopolize the reconfigurable fabric. Rather, all cores receive a “fair” share of the fabric, i.e., their tasks would miss their performance constraints by approximately the same margin, thus ensuring an overall graceful degradation. The policy is implemented on a Virtex-4 FPGA and evaluated for diverse applications ranging from security to multimedia domains. Our results show that the Minority-Game policy achieves on average 2× higher application performance and a 5× improved efficiency of resource utilization compared to state-of-the-art.Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE); 03/2011
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ABSTRACT: In this paper, we have presented a Reconfigurable Application-specific Instruction-set Processor (rASIP) that processes mixed-radix(2, 4) 64 and 128-point Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithms while satisfying the partial execution-time requirements of IEEE-802.11n standard. The rASIP was designed by integrating a template-based Coarse-Grain Reconfigurable Array (CGRA) in the datapath of a simple Reduced Instruction-Set Computing (RISC) Processor. The instruction set of the RISC processor was extended to add special instructions to enable cycle-accurate processing by the CGRA. The rASIP is synthesized for Field Programmable Gate Arrays for the measurement of resource utilization and execution time. The postfit gate-level netlist of rASIP was simulated to estimate the power and energy consumption. Based on our measurements and estimates, we have studied the advantages of using rASIP in comparison with other systems.Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE 24th International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP); 06/2013