Visit to NSF-CHREC at BYU

A few weeks ago I was in Salt Lake City, Utah visiting friends.  As Cheap Jordans Sale I was thinking of my trip, Brigham Young University (BYU)<span Cheap NFL Jerseys style=”line-height: 1.6em;”> came to mind cheap China Jerseys and how they are involved in Reconfigurable Computing (btw, reconfigurable typically means FPGAs).  I did some searches and my memory was correct!  At NI Week 2011, I attended a talk by Professor Brent Nelson from BYU on Increasing FPGA Design Productivity.

Turns out that BYU is one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) which means they are really serious about accelerating algorithms with FPGAs!  From the BYU CHREC page you can see their focus is: B1-12: Rapid FPGA Design Prototyping and Implementation and B6-12: Reliable FPGA-Based Systems.

My meeting with Professor Nelson was very interesting and encouraging.  Turns out they are users of the Xilinx AutoESL (now called Vivado HLS).  We discussed the SETI@Home algorithm and how it could custom jerseys be accelerated by FPGAs.  Seems like our work here could be the basis for ungraduate senior Electrical and Computer Engineering projects.  This work could be the basis for benchmarking and comparing high level synthesis tools by seeing how they fare in accelerating the same algorithm (i.e. SETI@Home); see July 2012 on this blog on the same topic.  It could also have astronomy and defense applications where real-time analysis of data 

A next step for us should be to organize some our work ray ban sunglasses thus far into a paper that will make it easier for others to join this effort.

2 Responses to “Visit to NSF-CHREC at BYU”

  1. Steph Gauthier says:

    Hi Terry,

      I'm a hardware designer by trade and have spent much of my career desiging FPGAs. I'm currently employed with Altera and have access to all their tools and devkits. My interest in SETI is purely personal. I would very much like to assist in accelerating the algorithm in my spare time as a hobby and a learning experience. I'm hoping to find someone with solid software background, and work with them to identify critical loops and move them to the FPGA.  I will create an account on SETI@Home and post a request, but I thought you might be able to point me in the right direction.  Thanks!



  2. jimbo says:

    What happened to this interesting project?

    In the end my little dream would be an USB FPGA accelerator for S@H, just like bitcoin mining accelerators…

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