A Comprehensive Methodology for Algorithm Characterization, Regularization and Mapping Into Optimal VLSI Arrays.

1989

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ahmed El-Amawy

Abstract

This dissertation provides a fairly comprehensive treatment of a broad class of algorithms as it pertains to systolic implementation. We describe some formal algorithmic transformations that can be utilized to map regular and some irregular compute-bound algorithms into the best fit time-optimal systolic architectures. The resulted architectures can be one-dimensional, two-dimensional, three-dimensional or nonplanar. The methodology detailed in the dissertation employs, like other methods, the concept of dependence vector to order, in space and time, the index points representing the algorithm. However, by differentiating between two types of dependence vectors, the ordering procedure is allowed to be flexible and time optimal. Furthermore, unlike other methodologies, the approach reported here does not put constraints on the topology or dimensionality of the target architecture. The ordered index points are represented by nodes in a diagram called Systolic Precedence Diagram (SPD). The SPD is a form of precedence graph that takes into account the systolic operation requirements of strictly local communications and regular data flow. Therefore, any algorithm with variable dependence vectors has to be transformed into a regular indexed set of computations with local dependencies. This can be done by replacing variable dependence vectors with sets of fixed dependence vectors. The SPD is transformed into an acyclic, labeled, directed graph called the Systolic Directed Graph (SDG). The SDG models the data flow as well as the timing for the execution of the given algorithm on a time-optimal array. The target architectures are obtained by projecting the SDG along defined directions. If more than one valid projection direction exists, different designs are obtained. The resulting architectures are then evaluated to determine if an improvement in the performance can be achieved by increasing PE fan-out. If so, the methodology provides the corresponding systolic implementation. By employing a new graph transformation, the SDG is manipulated so that it can be mapped into fixed-size and fixed-depth multi-linear arrays. The latter is a new concept of systolic arrays that is adaptable to changes in the state of technology. It promises a bonded clock skew, higher throughput and better performance than the linear implementation.

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