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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Henry B. Potoczny, PhD


The advent of the Field Programmable Gate Array has allowed the implementation of runtime reconfigurable computer systems. These systems are capable of configuring their hardware to provide custom hardware support for software applications. Since these architectures can be reconfigured during operation, they are able to provide hardware support for a variety of applications, without removal from the system. The Air Force is currently investigating reconfigurable architectures for avionics and signal processing applications. This thesis investigates the problem of automating the application development process for reconfigurable architectures. The lack of automated development support is a major limiting factor in the use of these systems. This thesis creates a framework for a reconfigurable compiler, which automatically implements a single high level language specification as a reconfigurable hardware/software application. The major tasks in the process are examined, and possible methods for implementation are investigated. A prototype reconfigurable compiler has been developed to demonstrate the feasibility of important concepts, and to uncover additional areas of difficulty.

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