A systematic approach to design and optimise streaming applications on FPGA using high-level synthesis

Mohammad Hosseinabady, Jose Luis Nunez-Yanez

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Abstract

This paper proposes a systematic approach to help designers to optimise a given streaming application for FPGAs using High-Level Synthesis (HLS). The proposed technique specifically addresses the two main issues in a streaming application that are determining the exact amount of loop unrolling in the HLS code to increase the throughput and finding the optimum buffers' size to prevent deadlocks. To evaluate the proposed techniques two applications from the machine learning optimisation area are studied in the paper. These applications are Hessian-vector product and Conjugate Gradient (CG). The experimental results show up to 38× speed-up in throughput compared to the original streaming implementations provided by knowledgeable engineers using the dataflow, loop pipelining and FIFO channel related pragmas provided by the HLS tool. In addition, these applications show up to 2.98 GB/sec usage of memory bandwidth which is 93.1% of the total memory bandwidth available on the system. The source codes of the designs are available at https://github.com/Hosseinabady/csdfg-hls.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 27th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, FPL 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789090304281
ISBN (Print)9781538620403
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2017
Event27th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, FPL 2017 - Gent, Belgium
Duration: 4 Sep 20176 Sep 2017

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ISSN (Electronic)1946-1488

Conference

Conference27th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, FPL 2017
CountryBelgium
CityGent
Period4/09/176/09/17

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    Hosseinabady, M., & Nunez-Yanez, J. L. (2017). A systematic approach to design and optimise streaming applications on FPGA using high-level synthesis. In 2017 27th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, FPL 2017 [8056758] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.23919/FPL.2017.8056758