Research Group Reconfigurable and Embedded Systems

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The goal of the research group RES (Reconfigurable and Embedded Systems, formerly "Application Specific Computing") is to design and build computer systems optimized for specific applications. This includes the development of hardware systems and software tools for specification and testing of systems plus application software. The primary topic of the group is the use of reconfigurable hardware based on FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) devices.

In addition to embedded-systems, for example for data acquisition applications, co-processor architectures for hybrid implementations, eg as a PC accelerators, are of particular interest. The research group is involved in relevant developments in various physics experiments(ATLAS, XFEL).

The configuration of FPGAs is usually defined in a hardware description language (VHDL, Verilog). It is therefore a further objective of the research team, to develope tools that enable a simpler, software-like programming of FPGA systems, eg customisable compilers or circuit generators. For example, a generator for complex floating point arithmetic units is used in the GRACE project for the acceleration of hydrodynamic simulations.
A family of FPGA coprocessors (MPRACE-1, MPRACE-2, MPRACE-3 planned) is used for rapid prototyping and for various applications.

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The research group is linked to the Chair on Application Specific Computing.