Bridging Theory and Practice

Advances in semiconductor and networking technologies have created opportunities for new and effective computing paradigms. Reconfigurable computing is one paradigm that has been the focus of both theoretical analysis and industrial development over the last decade.

On the theoretical side, the use of configurable communication media (e.g., a reconfigurable bus system) allowed the development of solutions for several classes of problems with running times that are superior to those achieved by traditional parallel models using similar resources. A large body of knowledge has been generated as a result of this research.

On the industrial/practical side, devices and systems that support various modes of reconfiguration (e.g., custom, dynamic, and self-configurable) have been developed. Several compute intensive, critical applications have been demonstrated on such systems.   System design, application mapping and development of generic techniques and tools are also currently active areas of research. The need for interaction and exchange between the theoretical and the practical sides, which is the focus of the 6th Reconfigurable Architectures Workshop, is more important than ever at this junction in the development of both areas.