Jason Helge Anderson

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To facilitate the development of future FPGA architectures and CAD tools -- both embedded programmable fabrics and pure-play FPGAs -- there is a need for a large scale, publicly available software suite that can synthesize circuits into easily-described hypothetical FPGA architectures. These circuits should be captured at the HDL level, or higher, and pass(More)
Exploring architectures for large, modern FPGAs requires sophisticated software that can model and target hypothetical devices. Furthermore, research into new CAD algorithms often requires a complete and open source baseline CAD flow. This article describes recent advances in the open source Verilog-to-Routing (VTR) CAD flow that enable further research in(More)
We consider active leakage power dissipation in FPGAs and present a "no cost" approach for active leakage reduction. It is well-known that the leakage power consumed by a digital CMOS circuit depends strongly on the state of its inputs. Our leakage reduction technique leverages a fundamental property of basic FPGA logic elements (look-up-tables) that allows(More)
It is generally accepted that a custom hardware implementation of a set of computations will provide superior speed and energy efficiency relative to a software implementation. However, the cost and difficulty of hardware design is often prohibitive, and consequently, a software approach is used for most applications. In this article, we introduce a new(More)
The dynamic power consumed by a digital CMOS circuit is directly proportional to both switching activity and interconnect capacitance. In this paper, we consider early prediction of net activity and interconnect capacitance in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs. We develop empirical prediction models for these parameters, suitable for use in(More)
The development of future FPGA fabrics with more sophisticated and complex logic blocks requires a new CAD flow that permits the expression of that complexity and the ability to synthesize to it. In this paper, we present a new logic block description language that can depict complex intra-block interconnect, hierarchy and modes of operation. These features(More)
Clock gating is a power reduction technique that has been used successfully in the custom ASIC domain. Clock and logic signal power are saved by temporarily disabling the clock signal on registers whose outputs do not affect circuit outputs. We consider and evaluate FPGA clock network architectures with built-in clock gating capability and describe a(More)
We describe a source-level debugging framework for FPGA high-level synthesis (HLS) that offers gdb-like step, break, and data inspection functionality for an HLS-generated hardware circuit. With the proposed framework, the user can inspect the values of logic signals in the hardware from the C source code perspective. The logic signal values come from one(More)