Title page for ETD etd-12202010-163240

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sohanghpurwala, Ali Asgar Ali Akbar
Author's Email Address asohangh@vt.edu
URN etd-12202010-163240
Title OpenPR: An Open-Source Partial Reconfiguration Tool-Kit for Xilinx FPGAs
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Chair
Jones, Mark T. Committee Member
Schaumont, Patrick Robert Committee Member
  • open-source
  • FPGA
  • partial-reconfiguration
Date of Defense 2010-12-20
Availability unrestricted
The Xilinx Partial Reconfiguration tool kits have been instrumental for performing a wide

variety of research on Xilinx FPGAs. These tool kits provide a methodology for creating

rectangular partial reconfiguration modules that can be swapped in and out of a static

baseline design with one or more PR slots. This thesis presents a new PR toolkit called

OpenPR that, for starters, provides similar functionality to the Xilinx PR tool kits. The

distinguishing feature of this toolkit is that it is being released as open source, and is intended

to be customizable to the needs of researchers. OpenPR has been designed to be easy to

use, extensible, portable, and compatible with a wide range of Xilinx software and devices.

Aside from supporting the slot-based PR paradigm, OpenPR also provides a solid base for

further research into partial reconfiguration and FPGA productivity oriented design tools.

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