Title page for ETD etd-05072002-201826

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lehn, David Ilan
Author's Email Address dlehn@vt.edu
URN etd-05072002-201826
Title Framework for a Context-Switching Run-Time Reconfigurable System
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Chair
Armstrong, James R. Committee Member
Jones, Mark T. Committee Member
  • Context Switching
  • Run-Time Reconfiguration
  • CCM
  • FPGA
  • Configurable Computing
Date of Defense 2002-05-03
Availability unrestricted

The reprogrammable nature of configurable computing machines has led to a wealth of research in run-time reconfigurable systems and applications. A limitation often encountered in this research is the slow configuration time with respect to the system clock speed. One technique to deal with these configuration delays has been to develop devices that can hold multiple rapidly interchangeable configurations. This technique is known as context-switching.

This thesis discusses the development of a framework to support applications which execute on a run-time reconfigurable system containing context-switching devices. The framework is divided into a number of layers: hardware, middleware, software, and applications. The design, implementation, and details of each layer are presented.

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