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Hardware design methodology using lightweight dataflow and its integration with low power techniques

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-29
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Systems Architecture
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Dataflow models of computation are capable of providing high-level descriptions for hardware and software components and systems, facilitating efficient processes for system-level design. The modularity and parallelism of dataflow representations make them suitable for key aspects of design exploration and optimization, such as efficient scheduling, task synchronization, memory and power management. The lightweight dataflow (LWDF) programming methodology provides an abstract programming model that supports dataflow-based design of signal processing hardware and software components and systems. Due to its formulation in terms of abstract application programming interfaces, the LWDF methodology can be integrated with a wide variety of simulation- and implementation-oriented languages, and can be targeted across different platforms, which allows engineers to integrate dataflow modeling approaches relatively easily into existing design processes. Previous work on LWDF techniques has emphasized their application to DSP software implementation (e.g., through integration with C and CUDA). In this paper, we efficiently integrate the LWDF methodology with hardware description languages (HDLs), and we apply this HDL-integrated form of the methodology to develop efficient methods for low power DSP hardware implementation. The effectiveness of the proposed LWDF-based hardware design methodology is demonstrated through a case study of a deep neural network application for vehicle classification.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Clock gating, Dataflow, Deep neural networks, Digital systems design, Globally asynchronous locally synchronous, Low power design, Signal processing

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