New compact, low-power implementation technologies for processors and imaging arrays can enable a new generation of portable video products. However, software compatibility with large bodies of existing applications written in C prevents more efficient, higher performance data parallel architectures from being used in these embedded products. If this… (More)
—The complexity of hardware/software codesign of embedded real-time signal processing systems can be reduced by rapid system prototyping (RSP). However, existing RSP frameworks do not provide a sound specification and design methodology (SDM) because they require the designer to choose the implementation target before specification and design exploration… (More)
Scientific, symbolic, and multimedia applications present diverse computing workloads with different types of inherent parallelism. Tomorrow's processors will employ varying combinations of parallel execution mechanisms to efficiently harness this parallelism. The explosion of consumer products that incorporate high performance embedded computing will… (More)
As new computer architectures are developed to exploit large-scale data-level parallelism, techniques are needed to retarget legacy sequential code to these platforms. Sequential programming languages force programmers to include sequential artifacts in their code, particularly with respect to how the source code expresses data references (generally… (More)
Our research goal is to retarget image processing programs written in sequential languages (e.g., C) to architectures with data-parallel processing capabilities. Image processing algorithms are often inherently data-parallel, but the artifacts imposed by the sequential programming language (e.g., loops, pointer variables, linear address spaces) can obscure… (More)
This paper presents visualizations of the textual complexity of the federal laws of the United States. We hope to motivate further work on tools for aiding understanding of the law for lay persons.
In retargeting loop-based code for multimedia instruction set extensions, a critical issue is that vector data types of mixed precision within a loop body complicate the parallelization process since corresponding array elements are misaligned in the packed vectors. This paper presents a reverse-engineering approach to parallelization which extracts from… (More)