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Techniques for algorithm design on the instruction systolic array

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posted on 2010-11-15, 12:44 authored by Bertil Schmidt
Instruction systolic arrays (ISAs) provide a programmable high performance hardware for specific computationally intensive applications. Typically, such an array is connected to a sequential host, thus operating like a coprocessor which solves only the computationally intensive tasks within a global application. The ISA model is a mesh connected processor grid, which combines the advantages of special purpose systolic arrays with the flexible programmability of general purpose machines. The subject of this thesis is the analysis, design, and implementation of several special purpose algorithms and subroutines on the ISA that take advantage of the special features of the systolic information flow. The ability of ISAs to perform parallel prefix computations in an extremely efficient way is exploited as a key-operation to derive efficiency as well as local operations within each processor. Therefore, given sequential algorithms has to be decomposed in simple building blocks of parallel prefix computations and parallel local operations. To modify sequential algorithms for a parallelisation several techniques are introduced in this thesis, e. g. swapping of loops in the sequential algorithm, shearing of data, and appropriate mapping of input data onto the processor array It is demonstrated how these techniques can be exploited to derive efficient ISA algorithms for several computationally intensive applications. These include cryptographic applications (e. g. arithmetic operations on long operands, RSA encryption, RSA key generation) and image processing applications (e. g. convolution, Wavelet Transform, morphological operators, median filter, Fourier Transform, Hough Transform, Morphological Hough Transform, and tomographic image reconstruction). Their implementation on Systola 1024 - the first commercial parallel computer with the ISA architecture - shows that the concept of the ISA is very suitable for these applications and results in significant run time savings. The results of this thesis emphases the suitability of the ISA concept as an accelerator for computationally intensive applications in the areas of cryptography and image processing. This might lead research towards further high-speed low cost systems based on ISA hardware.



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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.

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