The Study of High-Level System Design for Heterogeneous Architecture

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Sethakarn Prongnuch
Theerayod Wiangtong


This paper presents the study of high-level system design for heterogeneous architecture which is increasingly popular because it can accelerate computational intensive applications implemented on different types of processors. The system may consist of CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs or DSPs connected by buses and sharing memories. High level design languages are required for developing in such complex system since designers can take advantages of a short design time also quick design assessments. The most promising OpenCL design language which is highlighted in this paper can benefit more varieties of implementing in Heterogeneous System Architectures (HSA). The Parallella development board is introduced. It will be used as a heterogeneous platform for accelerating computations in data dominated applications.

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