Evaluating the performance of space plasma simulations using FPGAs

Popoola, Ben and Gough, Paul (2003) Evaluating the performance of space plasma simulations using FPGAs. In: Palma, José M L M, Sousa, A Augusto, Dongarra, Jack and Hernández, Vincente (eds.) High Performance Computing for Computational Science — VECPAR 2002 5th International Conference Porto, Portugal, June 26–28, 2002 Selected Papers and Invited Talks. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2565 . Springer, Berlin & Heidelberg, pp. 169-188. ISBN 9783540008521

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This paper analyses the performance of a custom compute machine, that performs electrostatic plasma simulations, using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Although FPGAs run at slower clock speeds than their off-the-shelf counterparts, the processing power lost in the reduced number of clock cycles per second is quickly recovered in the high degree of spatial parallelism that is achievable within the devices. We describe the development of the architecture of the machine and its support for the C-programming language via the use of a cross-compiler. Results are presented and a discussion is given on the constraints of FPGAs in particular and the hardware design process in general.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Paul Gough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:31
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16896
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