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—Despite the clear potential of FPGAs to push the current power wall beyond what is possible with general-purpose processors, as well as to meet ever more exigent reliability requirements, the lack of standard tools and interfaces to develop reconfigurable applications limits FPGAs' user base and makes their programming not productive. R3TOS is our(More)
The foundations for building the first Reliable Reconfigurable Real-Time Operating System (R3TOS) are presented. The main objective of R3TOS is to create an infrastructure for coordinately executing specialized hardware tasks upon a reconfigurable FPGA device, achieving the necessary flexibility for both gaining system performance (true hardware(More)
An Autonomous Fault-Tolerant System (AFTS) refers to a system that is able to configure its own resources in the presence of permanent defects and spontaneous random faults occurring in its silicon substrate in order to maintain its functionality. This work analyzes how AFTS could be built, specifically focusing on hardware platform dependant issues, and(More)
This paper presents a new Single Event Upset (SEU), Multiple Bit Upset (MBU) and Single Hardware Error (SHE) mitigation strategy to be used in Virtex-4 FPGAs. This strategy aims to increase not only the effectiveness of traditional TripleModule Redundancy (TMR), but also the overall system availability. Frame readback with ECC detection and frame scrubbing(More)
This paper presents the details of a novel technique which allows for the implementation and execution of completely relocatable hardware tasks onto dynamically reconfigurable FPGAs. Our novel technique harnesses the internal configuration access port (ICAP) for inter-task communication and synchronization, leading to very little logic overheads. The(More)
This letter presents efficient and modular task scheduler and allocator support for dynamically and partially reconfigurable electronic systems. This enables hardware tasks to be preempted and arbitrarily placed at an optimal position on the chip on-the-fly. In particular, we present a novel fault-tolerant allocating algorithm called “best-fit empty(More)
—This paper describes a novel scheduling algorithm for the execution of hardware tasks with real-time constraints onto partially and dynamically reconfigurable FPGAs. The Area-Time response Balancing scheduling algorithm (ATB) is inspired by the well-known Earliest Deadline First (EDF) algorithm, which is extended with a technique for reducing the(More)
This paper deals with online scheduling and allocation of real-time hardware tasks onto partially reconfigurable Xilinx FPGAS. We present a novel fault-aware online allocator which ensures the correctness of the computation by circumventing the permanent damage in the chip. The allocator is merged with an EDF-based scheduler to make up a highly-Reliable(More)