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Reconfigurable Computing: From Satellites to Supercomputers
From its roots spanning programmable logic and supercomputing, the field of high-performance reconfigurable computing has spawned and grown to become one of the most promising new directions for advanced computational technologies. Reconfigurable computing is making inroads in embedded systems, from undersea to outer space, where limits of size, weight, and power demand efficient, potent, and versatile processing technologies. It is making inroads in high-end computing, where hardware accelerators adaptively execute critical kernels in grand-challenge applications. A broad range of research challenges must be addressed before this relatively new paradigm of computing can begin to reach its full potential. As one initiative in this direction, a new national research center became operational in January 2007, formed under the auspices of the highly acclaimed program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) at NSF. Known as CHREC, this center is a consortium of several universities (Florida, George Washington, and soon BYU and Virginia Tech) and several-dozen industrial and federal partners collaborating on fundamental research with technology transfer. This keynote presentation will focus upon opportunities and challenges in reconfigurable computing from the perspective of CHREC, including several case studies, from satellites to supercomputers, and other selected highlights from the new center.