2005 MAPLD International Conference
Building and International Trade Center
September 7-9, 2005
Alan Hunsberger, National Security Agency
Douglas Fouts, Naval Postgraduate School
The 2005 MAPLD conference birds-of-a-feather (BOF) session on reconfigurable computing (RC) was divided into 2 sections. BOF H1 was held on Wednesday afternoon, September 7th, from 4:05 PM to 5:35 PM in Hemisphere A. BOF H2 was held on Thursday afternoon, September 8th, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, also in Hemisphere A. Both sessions were co chaired by Alan Hunsberger of the National Security Agency and Douglas Fouts of the Naval Postgraduate School.
BOF H1 was further divided into 2 parts. Introductory Slides
The first part was held from 4:05 PM to 4:45 PM and consisted of 2 presentations on reconfigurrable computing for space applications. The first presentation was made by Robert Hodson from the NASA Langley Research Center and was titled "An Architecture for Reconfigurable Computing." (paper)
The second presentation was made by John Hayes from the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University and was titled "The Scalable Configurable Instrument Processor."
For the second part of BOF H1, a panel discussion session was held from 4:45 PM to 5:35 PM. The topic for the discussion was "Major Problems and Issues in Developing a Space RC System and Potential Solutions". Panelists were:
Robin Coxe from Physical Sciences Inc.,
Robert Hodson from the NASA Langley Research Center [Hodson_NASA.ppt],
Joseph Marshall from BAE Systems [Marshall_BAE.ppt]
Jeremy Ramos from Honeywell, [Ramos_Honeywell.ppt]
Paul Murray from SEAKR Engineering.
BOF H2 was divided into 3 parts. Introductory Slides
The first part of the BOF consisted of vendor announcements from 4:30 PM to 4:45 PM. Vendors making short announcements of new RC hardware and software products were:
The second part of BOF H2 was held from 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM and consisted of short presentations by users of the various different RC software development environments and tools.
Viva Programming Environment
Roger Chamberlain, Exegy [Chamberlain_Exegy.ppt].
The third part of BOF H2 was held from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM and consisted of a panel discussion that sought answers to the question: "Can we develop a software-level programming approach (e.g., a C language compiler) for FPGAs that spans the needs of the high performance reconfigurable computing community with a multitude of FPGA-based HPC systems and also the needs of the electronic design automation community with a multitude of FPGA board designs?" The members of the panel came prepared with position statements. The panelists were:
Duncan Buell, University of South Carolina [Buell_USC.ppt]
Tarek El-Ghazawi, George Washington University, [Tarek_GWU.ppt]
Kevin Morris, FPGA Journal [Morris_FPGA_Journal.ppt]
Melissa Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, [Smith_ORNL.ppt]
Olaf Storaasli, Oak Ridge National Laboratory [Storaasli_ORNL.pdf]
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