Daniel L. Rosenband

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It is common wisdom that synthesizing hardware from higher-level descriptions than Verilog incurs a performance penalty. The case study here shows that this need not be the case. If the higher-level language has suitable semantics, it is possible to synthesize hardware that is competitive with hand-written Verilog RTL. Differences in the hardware quality(More)
A modular synthesis flow is essential for a scalable and hierarchical design methodology. This paper considers a particular modular flow where each module has interface methods and the internal behavior of the module is described in terms of a set of guarded atomic actions on the state elements of the module. A module can also read and update the state of(More)
We present a new hardware synthesis methodology for guarded atomic actions (or rules), which satisfies performance-related scheduling specifications provided by the designer. The methodology is based on rule composition, and relies on the fact that a rule derived by the composition of two rules behaves as if the two rules were scheduled simultaneously. Rule(More)
Hardware designers are facing new challenges in the design of complex ASIC’s and processors as their sizes approach up to 100 million logic gates. We believe no adequate solution exists that allows designers to specify hardware which takes full advantage of the available resources in these devices. The hardware design specification languages are either too(More)
This paper describes StarT-Voyager, a machine designed as an experimental platform for research in cluster system communication. The heart of StarT-Voyager is a network interface unit (NIU) that connects the memory bus of a PowerPC-based SMP to the MIT Arctic network. The NIU is highly flexible, with its set of functions easily modified by firmware or by(More)
Sets of atomic actions in the form of a Term Rewriting System (TRS) have been used to describe complex hardware systems. Besides being convenient for “behavioral modeling,” such descriptions are suitable for both formal verification and high-quality hardware synthesis. Recent work has provided an object-oriented front-end for packaging these atomic actions(More)
Hardware designers are facing new challenges in the design of complex ASIC's and processors as their sizes approach up to 100 million logic gates. We believe no adequate solution exists that allows designers to specify hardware which takes full advantage of the available resources in these devices. The hardware design specification languages are either too(More)