The Effect of Compiler Optimizations on High-Level Synthesis for FPGAs

@article{Huang2013TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Compiler Optimizations on High-Level Synthesis for FPGAs},
  author={Qijing Huang and Ruolong Lian and Andrew Canis and Jongsok Choi and R. Xi and S. Brown and J. Anderson},
  journal={2013 IEEE 21st Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines},
  year={2013},
  pages={89-96}
}
We consider the impact of compiler optimizations on the quality of high-level synthesis (HLS)-generated FPGA hardware. [...] Key Method We then present a new HLS-directed approach to compiler optimizations, wherein we execute partial HLS and profiling at intermittent points in the optimization process and use the results to judiciously undo the impact of optimization passes predicted to be damaging to the generated hardware quality. Results show that our approach produces circuits with 16% better speed…Expand
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