TANOR: A tool for accelerating N-body simulations on reconfigurable platform


Journal Article

Algorithm-architecture co-exploration is hindered by the lack of efficient tools. As a consequence, designers are currently able to explore only a limited set of points in the whole design space. There-fore, a tool that can allow fast exploration of algorithmic and architectural tradeoffs in an automated manner is highly desired. In this paper, we describe TANOR an automated tool targeted for designing hardware accelerators for the class of N-body interaction problems. The design flow, starting from a high level (MATLAB) description, configures the entire system automatically. We describe the design of TANOR and demonstrate the effectiveness and adaptability of our tool using three different target applications, namely, the gravitational kernel used in astrophysics, the gaussian kernel common in image processing applications, and a force calculation kernel applied in molecular dynamics. Our results demonstrate that TANOR generates hardware accelerator that are competitive with existing custom accelerator. © 2007 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, JS; Mangalagiri, P; Irick, K; Kandemir, M; Narayanan, V; Sobti, K; Deng, L; Chakrabarti, C; Pitsianis, N; Sun, X

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

  • Proceedings 2007 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, Fpl

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 73

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/FPL.2007.4380627

Citation Source

  • Scopus