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Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have long been an attractive alternative to microprocessors for computing tasks — as long as floating-point arithmetic is not required. Fueled by the advance of Moore's Law, FPGAs are rapidly reaching sufficient densities to enhance peak floating-point performance as well. The question, however, is how much of this(More)
As supercomputers grow, understanding their behavior and performance has become increasingly challenging. New hurdles in scalability, programmability, power consumption, reliability, cost, and cooling are emerging, along with new technologies such as 3D integration, GP-GPUs, silicon-photonics, and other "game changers". Currently, they HPC community lacks a(More)
Due to their generic and highly programmable nature, FPGAs provide the ability to implement a wide range of applications. However, it is this nonspecific nature that has limited the use of FPGAs in scientific applications that require floating-point arithmetic. Even simple floating-point operations consume a large amount of computational resources. In this(More)
Power and energy concerns are motivating chip manufacturers to consider future hybrid-core processor designs that combine a small number of traditional cores optimized for single-thread performance with a large number of simpler cores optimized for throughput performance. This trend is likely to impact the way compute resources for network protocol(More)
Advances in FPGA technology have led to dramatic improvements in double precision floating-point performance. Modern FPGAs boast several GigaFLOPs of raw computing power. Unfortunately, this computing power is distributed across 30 floating-point units with over 10 cycles of latency each. The user must find two orders of magnitude more parallelism than is(More)
Floating-point applications are a growing trend in the FPGA community. As such, it has become critical to create floating-point units optimized for standard FPGA technology. Unfortunately, the FPGA design space is very different from the VLSI design space; thus, optimizations for FPGAs can differ significantly from optimizations for VLSI. In particular, the(More)