Resource-efficient dynamic partial reconfiguration on FPGAs for space instruments
Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) provide highly flexible platforms to implement sophisticated data processing for scientific space instruments. The dynamic partial reconfiguration (DPR) capability of FPGAs allows it to schedule HW tasks. While this feature adds another dimension of processing power that can be exploited without significantly increasing system complexity and power consumption, there are still several challenges for an efficient DPR use. State-of-the-art concepts concentrate either on resource-efficient implementations at design time or flexible HW task scheduling at runtime. In this paper we propose a balanced algorithm that considers both optimization goals and is well suited for resource-limited space applications.
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